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2 days ago

Gorgeous trail, pretty easy hike. The payoff at the end was worth the trek to the top!

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail. Lots of gun range shooting spots so it sounds like Bosnia circa 1992. Really beautiful.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike with impressive views from the top. First half definitely driveable and frequented by the 4x4 community. Firearm activity as well.

hiking
snow
29 days ago

An excellent and secluded hike up to one of our areas underrated peaks. This route benefits from being more remote and also a shorter route to the peak (assuming you would rather hike than 4WD to he top over the traditional route). My son (13yr) and I did this route on May 18, 2019 and we needed our microspikes. Still quite a bit of snow piled up just before you get above tree line. Our trip totaled 6.5 miles and 1,500 in elevation. See my recording and photos for current conditions.

snow
1 month ago

hiked this 2 days ago via Cheyenne canyon and St Mary's falls. about 15 mi out and back. still a fair amount of snow toward the top covering trail. some thigh high drifts. views and scenery are worth the climb

Great hike. Still fair amount of snow at higher elevations. In the boulder field, snow was still deep and footing was treacherous with gaps next to boulders (easy to slip through).

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

lots of the trail is still buried under snow drifts. easy to lose the trail. snow is very wet and loose, spikes and poles highly recommended

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snow
1 month ago

Bring Microspikes! I'm sure this is an awesome trail when it isn't covered in snow. I got to about the 4.5 mile point and had to turn around because the trail had almost 3-4 feet of snow on it. Safe to say this trail won't be ready to fully hike until the end of May with all of the snow we received this winter.

Snow from top to bottom - don't be deceived by the trailhead which looks clean. The people who went with me didn't have traction and slid down portions of this trail. On that note, I'm not sure about the summer trail but the winter trail as of early April is probably more difficult than "moderate". Very steep at times. We post-holed sporadically but majority of the group made it in boots alone. would still recommend spikes at this point. Beautiful views at the end, worth the effort. Would recommend.

Love love love this trail. Kind of sad to see someone finally put it in Alltrails. I’ve never seen another person using this trail while I’ve been hiking it.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Knee to waist deep snow, no snowshoes

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Started this a little too late to finish...started at Horsethief Trail and did the first two and half miles...slope isn't bad, had snowed recently and if it wasn't for the hikers in front of me I'm not certain I would have seen the trail in spots. Great views, going back after some snow melt to finish.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Attempted this hike starting from FSR 379 trailhead, off of Gold Camp Rd. The trail leading up to Frosty's Park was extremely icy under the snow but doable. Between Frosty's Park and Trail Split #1, the snow was thigh deep. I decided to turn around at Trail Split #1 because I did not have snowshoes. Other than that, great hike with great views. I didn't run into anyone else.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Decent amount of people out on this trail snowshoeing. Add an additional 2 or so miles to this hike (both directions) in the winter as the trail is gated off. Pregnant wife and a 18 month old and 3 dogs — we only made it back about 3 miles before turning back. Well be back in the summer for sure!

hiking
4 months ago

Actually did the East side of the route from N. Cheyenne Canyon TH, on 3 Feb 2019. Used micro spikes from the first sign to St. Mary’s Falls and Mt. Rosa. Wore gaiters, and they wear def needed above 10k, and snowshoes would have been good from the road before beginning of trail on east side of Rosa, proper. Someone had put in a track up to about 10.3k, but after that I had to use horse sense, and look hard to spot remnants of a track in the snow. I put in a good track up to saddle, and over to north summit (actually just an outcropping of rocks, with one boulder marking high point. I had it at ~11,015 ft. Lots of post-holing up to my knees above 10k, even if you stay on the track, but it was great to get out there in winter! Started too late, otherwise would have gone to south summit. Time up = 5 hrs. with breaks and lunch (Yeah, I’m slow), and about 3 hrs. back. 17.6 miles RT, according to phone, and about 3,549 ft total. Maybe I can post this on another trail (St. Mary’s Falls?), but figured people looking for Mt. Rosa conditions would look here first.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic hike! My pup and I were the only ones on the trail this morning (benefit of getting to the TH at 7am). Trail is still easy to follow in the snow as it is mostly packed down with some fresh powder. Didn’t need trex or snowshoes, but it’s been a few days since the last storm. Will definitely be coming here again with the hopes of checking out Sentinel Point!

Was the only one hiking this morning with my pup! Snow was packed so I didn’t even need to take out my trex. AllTrails app works throughout but it is marked and you will see more than enough footprints to help you! Try and get to the rocks by 11 to be clear of storms!

Be aware that pretty much the entire trail is covered with almost a foot of snow. While awesome and beautiful, make sure you bring appropriate gear.

Great views. Once you get to the summit you have the option of going further, although the trail ends somewhere around 11644 ft.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike- about 1.25 hours to get to the top and about 1 hour to descend! Pretty much elevation from the trailhead to about .5 miles from the top. Elevation is gradual most all the way with minimal “steps” which usually denotes steep climbing. Very beautiful vistas from the top- mostly the Sangre De Cristo Range- all white-capped this time of year! Of course, the beautiful rock formations at the top are unusual and really do look like stacks of pancakes. Great moderate hike in length, difficulty, and cost/risk benefit! Would love to do this one in September as the Aspens are turning.

Such a beautiful place and much more than just the pancake rocks. I recommend taking the Falls trail on your way back down; it's just a minor detour but so beautiful and serene. I've attached photos.

hiking
8 months ago

Just right hike with a stunning ending. The rocks are vast and lots of photo options. Some scree going down - we saw kids fall, but otherwise the perfect fall hike!

Beautiful views and much more secluded than accessing via North Cheyenne Cañon. Really enjoyed the 4wd trail testing out my Jeep as well. Everyone complains about the shooting in the area, but I was not bothered by it or ever felt unsafe. Although I always carry my gun with me while on hikes and camping. So if shooting makes you uncomfortable just be aware they are allowed to shoot in the area, but not on the same side as the trail access as any responsible gun owner will only shoot with a backstop. I did dispersed camping in Frosty Park before hiking up Mt. Rosa in the morning and had breakfast on the peak with no one around. Only saw 2 other groups of hikers coming up as I was descending.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike. Aspens are turning

hiking
9 months ago

My husband and I enjoyed the hike last year, and went again this year with our 7 month old. Plan to look at the weather forecast before heading out, typically starting before 11 is better, to beat thunderstorms that may role in later. It does get chilly going up in elevation so wear layers, for you and any little guys going up. We always come across a variety of hiking groups for birding, small families with kids, families with dogs, couples, and solo hikers usually with a dog. Enjoy!!

Start early. Be careful of the afternoon storms. This is a great hike!

DO NOT TAKE TRAIL 626!! There is a trail before the Mt Rosa trail head called 626. This trail is extremely dangerous for hikers. We were shot at multiple times during this hike. The area leading up to the trail is also dangerous because people have makeshift shooting ranges along the road. The whole place has a bad vibe and there is a disrespect for hikers and the environment around this area. This place is not for people looking for a peaceful hike. AVOID THIS TRAIL!

hiking
10 months ago

While the trail is beautiful, winding through the woods up to a arid clearing and then into the woods again to the summit for a 360 degree view, I would recommend approaching the trail from Cheyenne Canyon instead. As mentioned by previous reviewers, there are many people using the area (esp along the 379 road that you add to your hike if you don't have a high clearance vehicle) as impromptu shooting ranges, destroying trees and leaving an incredibly disheartening amount of trash. Shots fired can be heard throughout the hike. While some of the people out shooting looked to be responsibly enjoying the sport, there were just as many groups who looked shady: teenagers smoking weed, drinking, and firing semi automatic weapons level shady. While we did see a sheriff drive by on old stage twice, the sheriff does not drive on 379. It was to the point where we saw multiple other hikers with their own side arms making my dad comment that he wish he had a side arm for the hike as the amount of unruly people along 379 was to the point of discomfort (case in point poor Zach's review below!). Shooting ranges aside, the hike was 8.2 miles total starting from the lot on the left of old stage, up 379, turn off on 672 about 1.8 miles in (we missed the frosty park trailhead as it is not marked), and then heading up to the summit. In total it took my dad and I 4 hours and 26 min including 35 minutes picnicking at the summit. I would suggest bringing hiking poles if you have them for the descent. Personally, I found the hike a bit more rigorous than anticipated on the uphill but it sure made for a great workout! My dog loved it as well but the top can be pretty exposed in the heat so bring extra water for your pup! If you drive to Frosty's park up 379 the hike is probably closer to 4 miles however the road has portions with enough dips and rocks that I didn't want to risk scraping the bottom of my 2005 Toyota Rav4. Vehicles that I did see make it up included pickup trucks and jeeps for reference. Keep in mind that if you select the 'directions' option, google maps actually tries to take you on roads that no longer exist due to reclamation. Ignore the turns and just stick to old stage to gold camp until you get to Rosemont-Penrose Reservoir and there will be an obvious widening of the road for a lot on the left. From the time you exit the neighborhood at the base of old stage road to the parking pull off below road 379 will be about 10 miles.

IF YOU TAKE THE TRAIL 626 shortly before the mount Rosa trail, you will be shot at. There are countless people in that area shooting rifles at the mountain tops and into the trees. After hiking for 30 minutes down trail 626, we encountered several bullets buzzing over our heads within ten feet of us. We were forced to scramble off trail and take cover because the person couldn’t hear our screams to stop shooting. Be very careful to not take any trail on the south side of Mount Rosa. You will be in immediate danger from gun fire. Also, there are extreme liter bugs in this area. It will break your heart to see all the garbage and destroyed trees. They use trees as targets. If you love nature and want a relaxing hike, DON’T attempt Mt Rosa trail and don’t approach from the Old Camp Rd. The road is in poor condition and takes an hour to drive up. FS Road 379 leads to Mt Rosa trail. Just GPS Frosty Park to find it. Be incredible carful and make sure you know where you are and what to do or you will hear gun shots and/or be shot at the entire time. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS! There are “No Shooting” signs everywhere yet they all have bullet holes in them. The people in this area have zero respect for nature or human life.

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