Mount Muscoco Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,292 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The Mount Muscoco trailhead is the same as Mount Cutler trailhead and the trails are the same for about a half mile until they split to go their separate ways. Wonderful views at the top. Although the trail is short it is on the more difficult side of moderate.

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rocky
2 days ago

Amazing views for such an accessible trail! Highly recommend, will be here again soon with the family.

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rocky
4 days ago

Absolutely LOVED this trail. I would say it is on the harder side of moderate just due to the elevation gain in such a short distance. The trail head to the summit is 2.1 miles and we made it out and back in about 1.5 hours going at a pretty good speed. It is one of the most beautiful hikes in Colorado Springs, but definitely need hiking shoes for loose gravel and be prepared for steep incline and climbing rocks for 2 miles up.

hiking
5 days ago

Fantastic trail for a medium/difficult work out depending on experience. Starts off with an incline and continues to go up from there for more than half of the trail. Flat areas for resting, and some parts of the trail are worn so proper shoes are needed.

hiking
6 days ago

Just a fabulous trail with great views throughout. Easy uphill up to Mt Cutler split where it becomes even more fun with a few extra twists. Last 1/2 mile is twisty, rocky and steep but well marked with arrow signs pointing you to the top. No scrambling needed here, but you should be in good condition with solid footwear. Once up there-spectacular! Recommend adding in Mt. Cutler as well as it’s an easy 1/2 mile add on and gives you some views of the Seven Falls trail and suspension bridge system.

walking
6 days ago

Great views, yes. Pretty steep in some sections. Slippery as h*ll coming down with all the loose gravel. Don’t attempt without good boots, and highly recommend poles. Yeah, you can do it in tennis shoes, but only if you want to land on your rear 2-3 times. Trail not real well marked in a few spots - just follow the red line!

hiking
6 days ago

Best hike anyone could go on. definitely want to prepare for steep walk up but a great walk down. Have plenty of water

hiking
6 days ago

Rocks a little slick on the way down but beautiful views and a nice workout!

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike! Got last space in parking lot at 8:30am on a Friday morning. Loose gravel on way down—move slowly! Helpful to use app for directions, as we went off trail twice on way down.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Great, peaceful views. Enchanting smells of pine and sweet flowers in the late spring. Gravel-y and slipping danger on way down - wear proper shoes! Many stretches to run to cover some ground. I

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rocky
9 days ago

Great trail, last half mile gets a bit rocky/steep. The views are fantastic.

hiking
9 days ago

From the parking lot to the top of the Mnt Muscoco is 4.5 miles round trip. There are some steep/climbing like points. I recommend hiking boots. No sandals I recommend being in decent shape as it’s probably not the safest for older folks without good condition. Awesome views at the top. Do it!

hiking
11 days ago

Took our 8yd daughter on this trail yesterday. She got a little tired but she was happy she was able to comply the hike. Dry conditions lots and sun, light wind at the summit.

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rocky
12 days ago

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rocky
13 days ago

This trail was awesome! Met some really nice folks along the trail! Easily marked so you don’t get lost. Pretty challenging but the payoff at the top was well worth it! Be careful not to lose your footing on the way down. Pretty slippery. I recommend trekking poles.

hiking
14 days ago

Very nice trail, not too difficult, and beautiful scenery.

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rocky
16 days ago

Great trail. Easy at the beginning, a bit more moderate midway, and can be on the difficult side approaching the top. Be careful with footing towards the top and especially coming down. The view from top was very rewarding and worth the trip.

rocky
scramble
20 days ago

great trail with amazing views of cheyenne canyon, COS, and Cheyenne Mountain area. some parts of trail has some loose gravel and rocks that can be a bit slippery on the way down.

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

Great trail! Not too busy on a Wednesday at noon. Lots of loose rocks/gravel to walk through and the hike down is a little slippery with the sand and rocks. Awesome views at the top!

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rocky
scramble
23 days ago

Amazing views!

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rocky
25 days ago

Love this trail! Moderate throughout, somewhat intermediate as you get closer to the peak. Poles would prove helpful coming down the trail. Really wish owners would pick up after their dogs. Hit North Cheyenne trails early in the morning around 7 a.m., gets way too busy later in the day and takes away from the experience of hiking.

hiking
25 days ago

Great little trail. Parking is limited. We had to park up the road from trailhead at spot 22 and walk down to start. Trail is mostly uphill and can be narrow at spots but not overly difficult. Great views at every stop!

hiking
26 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in COS. Easy access, quick ascent, huge pay off. Perfect for a golden-hour hike if you're trying to avoid crowds. Started at 5pm and was easily down by 7:15pm, even with taking 20 minutes to enjoy the sunset. As mentioned, there are some steep/slippery spots, but nothing too crazy. Path is narrow in several points, so WEAR YOUR MASK. Last, as you reach the summit, you can go left to the actual summit or right. Go right. It's less crowded and a better view.

hiking
26 days ago

This is a very good trail. Borderline moderate and intense, in my opinion. Certain parts of the trail you will have to step aside to allow others going in the opposite direction to pass. You will find some breathtaking views, especially at the top. As you get closer to the top, the path becomes more rocky. Overall, this is a great trail.

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scramble
27 days ago

Park in spot 22 if you can. Loved the trail, but on the way down lost the path. Had to climb some gnarly runoff chutes to get back. Also glad I did it on a cooler, overcast day because I was sweating buckets as it was. Wasn't many people going up, but on the way down it got really crowded. The Mt. Cutler offshoot was great too. Not difficult, and could see the Springs from it as it was below the clouds.

hiking
29 days ago

Been hiking in the Springs area pretty regularly for about 9 months now and this is STILL one of the more challenging hikes I've done. I know AT usually leaves the "hard" designation for exceptionally long or technical trails, but I wish they had moderate and moderate plus lol. When you compare this to other trails designated moderate, it's quite a difference! the trail is an incline almost the entire time, can be hard to follow at the top until you get to where signs are, and there are plenty of places where the word "trail" is quite subjective... and that's just going up! Coming down, you spend much of the trail just looking for rocks and roots to put your feet on so you don't slide down. all that said, it's one of my very favorite trails to do! great physical and mental workout, great conditioning, and INCREDIBLE views at the top for your reward!

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rocky
29 days ago

Was definitely a moderate trail

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike. The views from the top are absolutely beautiful. The trail is narrow at spots, so social distancing is a bit difficult. The parking lot is also small, so get there early to avoid crowds.

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