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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.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,299 ft Route type Out & Back

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Blowdown

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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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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.

Daniel Folweiler
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

Ethan Shriver
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Hiking

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

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

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.

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

Meredeth I.
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Hiking

I found the stables. I found the speed limit sign described by other hikers. I did not find the trailhead. Would someone kindly post a picture of the trailhead? I walked Old Stage Road. I walked the road by the stables. I tried to make the most of a beautiful day.

Angela Angela Nelson
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beautiful

Brandon King
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Hiking

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

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!

Alex Hale
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Although the hike was enjoyable, there were two issues of note. The 5.1 mile out and back is incorrect. Its 5 miles each way. Secondly, the difficulty rating is inaccurate. Most of the hike is easy with one hard section that was steep. I would call this trail Moderate. Still a nice hike and worth doing.

Jamie Boyd
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Cross Country Skiing

Tough on the last mile but was beautiful scenery

Mike Leeway
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Awesome views, the last mile ascent was a little difficult but otherwise a great hike. The trailhead isn't marked very well but this should help, there is a speed limit sign on the south side of the road prior to turning onto the road that leads to the stables, this is where the trail begins. Great hike

Peter Ellison
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Hiking

Beautiful views.

Donna Carter
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First to Review

I've hiked this trail a number of times and it's not that hard...not sure why they say "recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen". The only hard part about this trail is finding the trailhead which is very well hidden from the road. Having said that, I've only run across other people on this trail once or twice in the five or six times I've hiked it. The trail is woodsy and bouldery with excellent views. It starts off going slightly downhill for a while and then gradually slopes up and gets a bit harder if you keep going, but I think it's a different trail at that point. Swisher Trail, for instance, is accessed via the McNeil Trail and it takes you to the top of Cheyenne Mountain and it's very steep in places. The trailhead is on the back side of a berm on the road, right next to the Broadmoor Stables driveway.

Jono Hall
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frank mesce
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Eric Johnson
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Cori Hauter
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Nathan Enos
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Jake Harper
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Mary Cook
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