Mount Cutler Trail

EASY 465 reviews

Mount Cutler Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
472 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Here is a leisurely family hike you can do in a morning or afternoon. Mount Cutler - named after Henry Cutler, one of General Palmer's friends and a supporter of Colorado College - rises above Cheyenne Creek about half way up the Cheyenne Canyon, on the south side. The trailhead is well marked and has ample parking. Spectacular views are available from the summits.

1 day ago

Quick, easy hike with stunning views!

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2 days ago

Awesome trail for a recent Colorado transplant from Tennessee. Not super difficult but the payoff in mountaintop views, y’all - Just do it. We also did the Muscoco trail in the same trip, and totally recommend this method as they are both super rewarding and super manageable. Got there just before 9:00 am on a Saturday and parking was already getting pretty hard to find, so keep that in mind. Well maintained trails. Gorgeous views. And only 15 minutes from the city. We will be back!

3 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views throughout. Although it’s pretty easy there are still some sheer drop offs and slippery rocks so be careful and don’t take it for granted. Nice spot at the top to take in the views. I enjoyed this quick hike.

10 days ago

Awesome scenic view at the top! 7 and 10 year old kids did great. Family friendly.

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13 days ago

Beautiful easy, short hike with great views. Did it in 45 minutes with plenty of stopping and chatting with other hikers.

15 days ago

Super short and easy hike in a beautiful setting

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15 days ago

Great trail for a quick hike near Colorado Springs! I would probably start earlier in the day rather than later, as parking tends to fill up pretty fast - we drove up and down the road by the trailhead a couple of times before we caught somebody leaving to get a parking space for a 10:30 A.M. hike. Easy trail, beautiful views, and anyone from medium age kids to adults will enjoy. I say medium age kids, because a couple of areas of exposure might make those who aren't wild about keeping an eagle eye on little ones for safety reasons or those who are not crazy about heights nervous. Would like to tack on the side jaunt to Muscoco next time up.

20 days ago

Beautiful trail for a quick hike! There are a couple of areas that appear to have runoff damage.

20 days ago

Great water fall and city views.

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21 days ago

A great intro hike for those like me not used to the high altitudes. At the top there's nothing but the sound of birds and the bells from the Will Rogers carillon across the valley.

26 days ago

Nice trail with a beautiful view at the top.

28 days ago

Has a great payoff at the end - beautiful spot for a picnic! Some steep spots but still pretty family friendly.

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1 month ago

Amazing views

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1 month ago

Trail had great views, real easy for my dog and I. Great trail for so close to Colorado Springs

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2 months ago

I took my kids and our dog. The trail is easy, but uphill. This is definitely an “older kid” friendly trail. I have two toddlers and this trail has a sharp drop off, which can be dangerous for little ones. The gravel path is easy to slip on in a few areas so my toddlers fell a few times while holding my hands. But all in all a great trail.

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2 months ago

Uphill obviously, but easy enough! Great views along the way. Worth doing again.

2 months ago

nice little spot on the top to put up a couple hammocks

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2 months ago

Great simple easy hike, pretty much a walk through the forest with some views along the way. The summit is actually where the bench is located. Though there are many pathways/areas you can explore while up there, just becareful as some of the ledges are steep/slippery due to loose gravel/rocks. Great views at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. The views from the top are breathtaking. Very easy hike to show out of towners the best Colorado has to offer !

3 months ago

Nice, short trail with great views. Only reason I'm not giving it a 5 is because of the irresponsible dog owners leaving gifts along the path.

3 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views! Relatively short and very easy to access right off the road.

hiking
3 months ago

First time hiking and it was amazing! I’m from NY and I must say I love the mountains

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4 months ago

This was a pretty easy hike! If you go in the winter or early spring, take spikes if you have them. We went two weeks ago and it was still iced over in spots. We did fine without but I’ll take them next time! Easy trail with gorgeous views!

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4 months ago

Short, easy trail with awesome views! Wish I would’ve had clamps for the beginning part but it wasn’t necessary. Love this trail!

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4 months ago

This was a fun and pretty easy trail with numerous views along the way! I would definitely do this trail again. A little bit of snow and ice but with my spikes on my boots, easy to do and no snow toward the top!

However be careful about leaving any valuables in your car. My husband and I came back to the trailhead and a group of hikers had their car broken into and a purse/wallet stolen. It was a late afternoon on a Friday but still light out.

hiking
4 months ago

lovely trail, not too difficult. There was some snow and ice when I hiked it; trekking poles helped me balance on the icy bits but were not necessary, as my husband did fine without any. Great views at the top, I definitely recommend it.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! When you get to the peak of the mountain and still have strength, you’ve got the trail up to Mount Muscoco if you turn left at the fork instead of right. There is also a cave-like opening about half way up the trail to Cutler, it only goes about 4 feet in but it’s still a good place to take a photo.

hiking
5 months ago

A nice hike overlooking the city and the canyon. There was snow on the trail, and an easy hike.

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5 months ago

good trail

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5 months ago

Great views the entire way!! Easy hike and great with kids.

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