Mount Rosa Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Mount Rosa Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Florissant, 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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1322 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a great hike. Very beautiful all around, easy at first, graduating to a solid moderate rating all the way to the top. I started the hike from the St. Mary's Falls trail. It was a great 1st hike for getting acclimated back to Colorado, before hitting any 14ers. At the intersection where National Forest meets US Forest you walk through an opening in the fence. Make sure you're following the trail that heads up hill, & NOT the road that crosses the path perpendicularly. Beautiful views from the top of the lake, pikes peak & CO Springs. Make sure you bring plenty of water- @ least 2 liters- during the summer time it gets HOT. I drank all 2 liters by the time I got back to the parking lot.

3 days ago

4 days ago

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Snow was pretty deep at the top but a fun journey.

hiking
11 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!

17 days ago

Amazing 360 views!

hiking
24 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

Trail running

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

awesome hike in your doing in the snow the tracks you fallow are not in the trail but still fun it was my first time snowshoeing as well so I didn't know how it was gonna go I also found out that going up on the ridge line is almost impossible I was with my old man and Letting him use the polls so he was fine but it was super steep towards the end super windy as well but AWSOME I an absolutely beautiful view that's hard not to look at while hiking it was a Saturday and we only saw 2 other people that were hiking together great hike definitely recommend

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

Great hike with nice views at the top.

backpacking
7 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. I parked farther down the road, because it looked a bit hairy. As long as you have a vehicle with clearance you will be fine though. There are some spots where the rocks will slide a bit but push on through and you will be rewarded with a heck of a view.

backpacking
7 months ago

This was a hell of a hike to the top of Mount Rosa and worth every minute. We started at the St. Mary's falls parking lot and it was not that hard to navigate. When you get to the top you are rewarded with great views of Pikes Peak and Cheyanne Mountain.

7 months ago

A fun easy hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this with a companion today. We took the route that continues from St. Mary's falls for a total round trip of about 14 miles. Rather steep switchback trail after the falls with loose gravel in places, which was more noticeable on the descent.
Nice hike with plenty of shade and gorgeous views from the summit.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago