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Mays Peak from Bear Creek

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Bear Creek Cañon Park

Mays Peak from Bear Creek is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,656 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

views

wildlife

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muddy
snow
10 days ago

hiking
snow
19 days ago

Spikes probably aren’t necessary but they helped a good bit. Good trail for dogs. The peak was pretty foggy but we waited it out and got some nice views of Mt Buckhorn above the clouds. Awesome hike!

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icy
muddy
snow
26 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
26 days ago

Longer than expected (ended up at 7 miles), we had a hard time finding the last part to the top as it was not labelled. Overall enjoyable, used spikes for the first half (3/7/20) as it was early morning. Was much slushier on the way down. Good hike.

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snow
2 months ago

Trail was a little icy in parts but otherwise a wonderful trip. Would definitely recommend spikes, even if you don’t use them, it’ll be nice to have. Very beautiful at the summit!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a fun hike that follows an old unpaved road (High Drive) for much of its duration. When you reach a small parking area at the crest of High Drive, find a faint trail on the left side of the clearing that leads up to the summit. Relative to where you where you enter the clearing, the trailhead is on the far left side about thirty feet to the left of where High Drive continues past the clearing down to Cheyenne Canon. The trail is packed snow most of the way, but the final segment before the summit is pretty slick--spikes would probably be helpful. All in all a not-too-difficult trail with a nice view payoff at the end.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail for dogs and kids, it was pretty steady incline until the last mile and then the trail got kind of tricky to find and it was more of a foot path than the wide trail at the beginning. The views from the last mile were amazing, but up until then it was more of a workout than a real hike.

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8 months ago

The park has a sign up saying that this trail was made by hikers and is not open. They cut a surprising number of trees and made sure that it’s as difficult as possible to find and hike.

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9 months ago

Wonderful walk through woods with mountain peaks all around. Gradual incline so not very strenuous until you get near the top. Great place to walk with your dog.

hiking
Tue Jan 01 2019

You can decrease the amount of boring road hiking by starting at the trailhead on the other end of high drive. The parking lot at Cheyenne Canyon and Lower should Camp. I would recommend this. Not sure what all of the fuss about the cone is about. The trail starts near where Captain Jacks and high drive intersect. When you face lower jacks, follow the wire fence to the right. When the fence ends this is the trail. It is an unmaintained social trail so expect narrow areas with low hanging trees. Views from the actual trail are pretty good, but the road portion is, as you would expect, nothing to write home about.

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Mon May 07 2018

Not the best hike in the area. The first 2 miles are on a gravel road. It’s only on the last section before the peak that you’re on a narrow trail. However, the area is beautiful and the view at the top is incredible.

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Sun Mar 11 2018

Worth the trek. Although at the saddle, it was hard to find the trail. Take the trail due East next to the fencing. just before the summit, the trail becomes very steep. the view from the summit you can see Mt Cutler, Mt Muscoco, Mt Buckhorn, the canyon, the view of the city, and Garden of the Gods.

hiking
Tue Feb 13 2018

2.13.18 - beautiful views! slushy from recent snowfall, but serene and very easy trail to follow (the orange cone is still there, indicating the May's Peak trail). Panoramic views and definitely a fantastic workout; steep right before the summit!

Sat Dec 09 2017

we came up the Bear Creek Road side of this Trail, and the orange cone that is mentioned in the below comments is about 2 miles up dirt road called High Road. we went in looking for the orange cone thinking it was going to be close to the trailhead by 666 but we were mistaken. Still a beautiful hike still would recommend it. the views from the top of May's Peak are amazing and I'm lucky to enough to have been able to climb this one today. There are other hikers on this road with dogs that don't use the leash like they're supposed to so just be careful of them.

hiking
Sat Nov 11 2017

The trailhead for Mays Peak is still marked by an orange cone. The trail is narrow, but fairly easy to see as you go up. I started at Bear Creek Rd. My distance tracked at 5.2 miles round trip.

hiking
Sun Sep 17 2017

Follow an old road to the gate. Take the trail on left. Trail is about 100 ft from gate, there was an orange cone marking trail last time I was there.

Wed Aug 23 2017

Follow the road until an obvious clearing/saddle. The trail to summit is the least obvious at that point, kind of towards the left and fairly narrow.

hiking
Wed Aug 09 2017

It was a pretty overcast day when we went, I was convinced we were gonna get rained on, but it was a fun trail. We started from Bear Creek Canon, but I think you can do a shorter route from the Cheyenne Canyon side. The trail to the actual summit was not marked, so we had to hunt around a little bit for it. It was a pretty nice hike though.

Tue Jul 25 2017

mostly on the dirt road, but great views after the saddle! I struggled finding the route at the saddle. there are five paths, not including the road you come up. it's the third from the left, or second from the right. unmarked and doesn't really look like a trail compared to the others.

hiking
Fri Jun 23 2017

Nice moderate hike, steady uphill grade from TH to peak. Even though most of this trail is on wide dirt road, it was devoid of traffic and well shaded entire way. Peak is very serene, grassy, treeless with great views to Cutler, Muscoco, Buckhorn, etc...worth the trip!

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Wed Jun 07 2017

Hiking up the road is nice, but it's hiking up a road. Once you get to the saddle and actually start toward the summit of Mays Peak, it becomes amazing!

recorded Mays Peak from Bear Creek

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