McNeil Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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McNeil Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.3 miElevation gain1,305 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeBlowdownOver grownPrivate property
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If you're into bagging peaks then this trail (non-trail) is the quickest-shortest way to the geological summit of Cheyenne Mountain. Great views once on top but it's a strenuous hike up slope through the trees, over and around big bolders and often over dead fall. Please note: this trail reaches private property just before the summit.

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Jason Hastings
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HikingGreat!

Enjoyed it. It is heavily forested but when you can see through the trees, the views are awesome. You might think it is 3 miles are challenging terrain, but only about 1 mile of it is challenging and it isn't that bad. If you are using GPS, at the 2.8 mile mark we temporarily lost the trail. It was to the right and downhill. We left a cairn. There was snow at the trailhead so it was a little hard to see. Follow the Alltrails direction to the parking lot. Cross the road and walk back up to the top of the little hill you just came down. Go behind the large sign, and stick to the left.

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Classified Noneoffyourbusiness
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HikingBlowdownGreat!IcyMuddyOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

Coloradochris.com hooked up the route up but ended up on the service road and would definitely just do the service road again.Took this trail to The Swisher Trail. Swisher really isn't used anymore and with the recent snow fall it was whack to climb. Once on top we went to Cheyenne Mountain proper. The summit was lame but cool to summit Cheyenne Mountain. After we hopped on the service road to the antennas. and went over to robbers roost in Cheyenne Mountain State Park. The view from Robbers roost is what I was wanting from the mountain. there is also an old homestead sight. To come down we walked the service road down the mountain. The guy who services the antennas passed us going up. I think walking the service road is easier then taking mcniel and trespassing or swishers unmaintained and snow filled route.

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Rick Lancaster
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Backpacking

Great hike two days after the surprise snow 9-9-20. Trail is very apparent.

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Bill Cushenbery
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HikingGreat!

Pretty decent trail but in certain spots you'll need the alltrails map. was a big disappointment as others have said to get to end and see that damn sign. couldn't figure out a way to get to the Horns even after trespassing a bit so turned around. guess I'll have to spend a night in the Clouds. Gotta love Broadmor.....Once again the hike was great!

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Nathan Osborn
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Hiking

Fun hike. Good mix of easy and rough terrain. Started at cloud camp so the end was a little disappointing bc it was just a road. But overall great hike

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Aaron Peralta
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Hiked 4/9. Reccomend spikes and shoes that can handle snow. There are some deep pockets. Totally doable and gorgeous.

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Daniel Folweiler
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HikingBlowdownOver grownPrivate propertySnow

I hiked on the McNeil trail to the junction with the swisher trail, 1.9 miles in, then headed up the swisher trail until it was covered with snow then scrambled/bushwhacked up the ridge to the aspen grove. The trailhead is maybe 50 feet behind you on the east side of the road as you get to the parking area, which is across the road from the entrance to the camp/horse riding thing. Specifically, the trail starts up the gravel bank/burm and immediately to the left. There seem to be two trails starting here, the other one heading straight uphill, and the McNeil trail starting flat. As of 4/9, the trail has intermittent snow and ice, and is relatively narrow and overgrown in spots. There were two spots where you could collect water, but they will probably dry up soon. The fork for the swisher trail is pretty obvious, and starts up as a ridge intersects the trail at 1.9 miles. I got 300 feet (vertical) before I lost the trail under snow, and just cut straight up, eventually reaching the ridge and then aspen grove. If you plan to attempt the swisher trail anytime soon, I would ideally bring gaiters, waterproof shoes and pants to protect against the snow and brush. Then again I did it in just trail runners and shorts, but that won't work as well after the storm dumps new snow up there. Aside from all that, the hike was beautiful and I only saw one other person. You probably won't be able to get away with just trespassing to get to the horns/north cheyenne peak as there is a fully functioning hotel at the top, and I've heard they don't take kindly to trespassers.

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Jeremy Becker
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HikingSnow

I highly recommend the trail, I also do work at the Broadmoor Cloud Camp. I suggest no one attempt to cross the no trespassing sign. You do have many great scenery around you and can get some amazing pictures. If you traverse back from the no trespassing sign then you come across a crevasse of 2 small peaks. There is a hidden trail that can mount you to a peak without trespassing.

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Ryan Watson
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Hiking

Cool trail through the pines and then up Cheyenne Mountain. I took the side trail up to the antennas and it was very steep but opened to a beautiful aspen meadow that was very quiet and calm. Certainly would not call it heavily trafficked as I only saw one other person all day.

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Phillip Breton
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Hiking

Nice trail. The trailhead was a little difficult to locate, but we found it behind the wood frame that would otherwise have a sign in it just on the rise, opposite the parking area. The trail is in good condition and leads to a ‘No Trespassing’ sign just before the summit. We ignored the sign and completed the summit to get some pretty great photos. I’m not sure what action the Broadmoor may take if they caught you up there, but it seemed worth the risk. We stayed away from the structures, took our photos and carried on back down the trail. If you aren’t willing to risk bypassing the little chain barrier, it’s probably not worth attempting to reach the top.

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jaems horn
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Hiking

The hike was really nice up until we hit the “no trespassing” sign and chain blocking the trail about a quarter mile from the summit. What a disappointment. I picked this hike for my wife’s birthday..... So there are three peaks; one is the antenna farm, the other belongs to the Air Force, and now the Broadmoor has claimed this this summit. I guess I wouldn’t be so upset if it wasn’t for the thought of the folks who can afford the cloud camp but aren’t willing to work for theview. The rest of who are willing to are turned back by a sign in the middle of a national forest. Give me a break....

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Ethan Shriver
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When you get behind the stables sign there is a trail leading straight up the slope and one to the left that runs parallel to the road. Take the trail that runs parallel to the road. This trail needs to be updated on this app as the map leads you in the total wrong direction. If you guys need help finding a good map of this trail I suggest looking up ColoradoChris. I followed his trail right to the old water pump, turned back around and then went up the swisher trail to the summit of Cheyenne. His trail on google maps was a life saver

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Dave Jones
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Hiking

Not sure how some of you found this trail. We figured out about the first half mile than lost it. Beautiful area just wish the trail was marked better

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Eric Pendleton
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Hiking

I was able to find the trailhead behind the big sign for the stables/next to the speed limit sign. The path is well marked, although there are some spots where you have to pay attention on some slopes as it becomes all dirt. The trail indicated on AllTrails will take you back to the road way, but there is an intersection at about the 2 mile mark to take you all the way out to The Horns. Use caution as there were a couple spots side trails that might get confusing on the way back down.

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Matthew Krempin
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struggled to follow this trail after the first half kilometer

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Angela Angela Nelson
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beautiful

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Brandon King
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Hiking

not bad trail, trailhead is kinda hard to find but the view at the top is awesome

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Sean Shanahan
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Hiking

This is a very enjoyable hike with multiple viewing spots of CO Springs and the Cheyenne Mountain area. There is just a few housekeeping items to clear up if you plan on doing this hike. First, the trail is pretty well established with no scrambling or bouldering for the first 4.8 miles. That being said, it is only described as being moderate in difficulty due to the distance hiked, not the terrain itself. Second, if you hike this trail from The Broadmoors Cloud Camp with the intention of ending at Emerald Valley Ranch, the trail terminates at Old Stage Rd. You will have to walk up Old Stage another .8 miles (approx) to the EVR sign. Then it will be another 1 mile down that road making a total of 6.68 miles according to my GPS. The Broadmoor does not annotate this in their trail map that you receive as a guest, it shows the trail ending at EVR! Just a heads up! All in all though it is a great half day hike will little streams along the way and you can even arrange a shuttle at EVR to take you back down!

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