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Mount Rosa Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately 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 April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 1,729 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

Following the Steps of the Pioneers (almost): Zebulon Pike & Rose Kingsley The red route line for this trail represents the hike. However, the drive to the trailhead is as important to your enjoyment of the adventure as the hike itself. So plan for a drive time of at least and hour from the time you exit I-25 (see directions below). I'd recommend even longer, especially if this is your first time using Old Stage & Gold Camp Roads. The opportunities for dramatic photographs abound. The goal for this hike is the summit of Mt Rosa at 11, 533 ft (according to my GPS). From eastern Colorado Springs, you can spot its unique "witch's hat" profile by looking at Pike's Peak, then turning your eyes south past Almagre Mtn. During his attempt to climb what is now called Pike's Peak in November 1806, Lt Zebulon Pike's unit was ambushed by the weather. He spent one night in a cave on the southeastern ridge of Mt Rosa. The next day he reached the summit, climbing through waist deep snow, only to realize that his goal was still eight miles away, farther north. You will be climbing by a different route, beginning in a wide valley west of Mt Rosa (Frosty Park) and finishing by ascending the northern ridge to the summit. The mountain you're about to climb was named for Rose Kingsley, an aristocratic young English woman who arrived in Colorado Springs in 1871, and, incidentally, started its first library. She was an avid hiker, and soon earned the nickname Rosa del Mont, or Rose of the Mount. Ms Kingsley was the first woman to climb this mountain.

If you take your dog, I'd suggest "dog booties," because the decomposed granite on the trail could slice foot pads pretty badly -- I wouldn't want to carry my 85 lb. Lab down because he could no longer walk. Binoculars to extend your visual reach would be worth the extra weight.

Exit I-25 at the Nevada St and follow the signs for St Hwy 115 south. You'll reach the Broadmoor hotel in about 3 miles. Turn right onto Lake Circle, which wraps around the hotel. Turn left on Mesa Ave. at the roundabout. Stay to the left as Mesa branches to the right. This becomes El Pomar and then, shortly, Penrose Blvd. Turn right on Old Stage Road (sign for Broadmoor Stables should be here). Old Stage Rd becomes Gold Camp Rd. From the beginning of Old Stage, you'll drive about 11 miles to F.S. Rd 379 (just past the parking area for Rosemont Reservoir). Turn Right on 379. This is a 4WD road. 1.5 miles down the road you'll come to a wide spot with trees on the left and what seems like several roads coming together; this is called Frosty Park. If you've made this far by car/truck, park here. The trailhead is through the fence to the east. It is not marked. The trail itself (called Nelson Trail on some maps) begins as a narrow two wheel track heading east into the mountains. ... If your car/truck is not capable of difficult terrain, you can park at one of several camp sites along 379 and walk to Frosty Park.

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Elliott Albin
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HikingBugsRocky

Great views!! The top is pointy just like it looks from the Springs so it allowed for amazing 360 views. We came from the 7 bridges trailhead and it was an amazing hike. Gets steep but it’s worth it. Solidly Moderate trail not hard and not too easy. Great drive up as well. TONS of ladybugs at the top. It’s almost insane how many are there. Picture a swarming beehive but replace the hive with a rock and the bees with ladybugs. One more thing, lots of shooting in the area. You can’t catch a break from the gunshots anywhere on the trail near Rosa

Sarah Coate
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

That was one of the best hikes I have ever been on. The view at the summit is TOTALLY worth it and most definitely a 360 view! There are a few trees but a lot of space to move around. Tons of lady bugs, moths, butterflies... even saw a couple of lady elk on the drive back. They don’t make it too easy to find - could definitely use a sign or two. Well, well worth it!

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Cliff Gilliam
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Good hike for the workout but I must say it was alot of work for not alot of view. The road up to the trailhead is in rough shape I would suggest a 4x4 with a little clearence. All trails says a little over 7 miles it was in reality 9.89 mile so be prepaired for a little extra hike also when we got to the top there were thousands of ladybugs so if they are not your thing I would not suggest this one lol. All in all not a bad hike and not a terrible view but there are several easier hikes in the area with much better pay off.

Annie Kluesner
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Hiking

Great trail! Perfect challenge and a great 360 view at the end. If you have a skittish dog, be warned that there are a lot shooting ranges towards the beginning of the trail.

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Alison Bryant
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Hiking

Beautiful views! We ended up parking along the road and looking for the sign for 672 instead of trekking across the field - and I was glad we did! Not many people out, great incline, the last half mile was a great challenge! Lots of shooters out on a Saturday along the drive up!

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Drake Oversen
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Hiking

One of the best front range views for only a 5 mile hike! If not THE best. We started at the proper trailhead on the west side since we were able to take my 4Runner up I guess what is the beginning of this map. As of 5/23/2020 there is no snow on the trail and I would have been happy in shorts; my partner would not have been happy in shorts at the top though ha basically a hike right to tree line and the summit is boulders without trees to inhibit most of the view. Love it!

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Fernando Guarderas
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Hiking

Beginning kind of ugly with the target practice shooters but afterwards nice

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Bill Oliver
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Hiking

I climbed Mt. Rosa yesterday. I drove my 2017 Subaru Forester up Rd 379 to the trailhead in Frosty Park. You want 4WD and decent ground clearance; used my Low gear. At TH enter through the place of the three wooden fence posts. Some minor snowdrifts higher up; not muddy; no need for micro-spikes. Saw no one. Fine peak on a fine day.

Eva F
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HikingMuddy
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Eric L
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Hiking

This area is best left to the OHV and target shooting tribes. As a hiker, there is really not anything good to say about this experience: getting there is 15 miles of a dirt road, 10-20 mph; target shooters everywhere; music blaring; empty beer cans and shells everywhere up to the trailhead. But here's the deal killer: while walking down from the summit, on the narrow trail, up comes 6 dirt bikers, struggling along. Sounded like I was in a motocross arena. If you hike for a little peace and quiet and a sense of connection to nature, this is not the hike, nor the mountain to go to.

Angie Hope
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HikingMuddySnow

I love this trail. It’s an easy summit with a wonderful view. Would absolutely caution you to the fact that the last push to the summit was covered in snow still. So much so that it’s hard to keep track of the trail. It is trafficked enough though so you can see a general direction everyone is hiking. Just follow the foot path and you’ll be fine. A good amount of traffic on the first portion (you’re walking on a forest service road) but everyone was respectful.

Kristin Thee
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IcyMuddySnow

The summit is GORGEOUS and the hike itself is very pleasant, very doable, and very scenic. It was muddy and snowy in place still (mid-April) but nothing microspikes couldn't handle. I had a hard time finding the trail at the frosty park split. Just keep in mind that you're looking for trail 672 and it is actually very clearly marked once you see the gate (look at 2 o'clock when you get to the clearing). If you don't see 672, it's the wrong way, trust me. Also worth noting, there was close gunfire the ENTIRE time. I walked past dozens of people shooting on my way back down. Just be mindful. My dog was not happy about it. And a last word of caution about the drive up, if you're coming from the east/Colorado Springs side: do NOT take the shortcut road the the Google maps GPS direction suggest, about 2 miles from the trailhead. When it tells you to turn right, just DON'T, especially if you're in a low clearance vehicle. The main road goes around and it takes the same amount of time, promise.

Rachel Shapley
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow
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Max Hill
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

Should’ve brought some snowshoes. Turned around when it got waist deep. Not another soul on the trail aside from me and the pup, so no complaints here.

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Kasia Doughty
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HikingSnow

No snowshoes needed. Packed snow. Did it with spikes but we did see people without them and they did fine too. Gorgeous views up top. Totally worth the climb. The road was pretty slick after the turn to the trailhead with some tricky iced over creek crossings so make sure you drive a vehicle that’s capable.

Marsha Littau
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Nice snowshoe. Pretty area. The road in is snow packed and icy, recommend four-wheel drive. I was uncomfortable with the clearance on my Subaru Impreza so left it at the start up the road.

Aaron Peralta
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Hiking

One of my favorite casual day hikes.... I enjoy taking 7bridges ( trail 622) and hiking to the pipeline (trail 668). From there you get gorgeous views of the forest as well as historic remnants... The water flowing throughout gives the surroundings so much life. Once I hit the end of the trail I follow up the forester trail (701) for about a half mile or so to connect to frosty parks which is where *trail 672* will be also known as Nelson's trail. Take that up for a couple of miles until you hit *trail 673* which goes to the mount Rosa summit. Beauty and wonder the entire way... Much more scenic and epic than taking the short way featured in this hike... Have it recorded at 15mi round trip going in and out from the way we came which I highly recommend. Especially while we have no snow and the trails are dry and waiting for you.... Enjoy!

Dusty LaFrance
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HikingRockyWashed out

A nice, quiet, secluded trail. Did this hike with two friends and two dogs off-leash. We only saw two other people who were coming up the trail on their dirt bikes. We were able to drive up FSR 379 to Frosty's Park in a 2014 Subaru Crosstrek with careful and slow driving. From there the round trip hike was a little over 4.5 miles. Easy to follow trail and will definitely be back again. Sad and frustrating to see all of the trash and destruction from the people who are in the area to go "target shooting". Luckily, none of that was going on while we were there.

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