With rain/snow forecast for the next day, I decided to climb Muscoco from the standard Mt. Cutler trail trailhead. I took along Molly the red German Shepard mix. To my surprise, there was virtually no snow, even though the trail is on the north-facing slope! 39 minutes up, 25 minutes down, on a beautiful, sunny day. I never thought to pack the camera, though, so there are no pictures.
Route Climbed: east ridge trail Date Climbed: 3 October, 2005
A nice run/climb on a warm fall day. 1 hr., 5 min. round trip from the saddle on the Mt. Cutler trail. Not much view to the east from the actual summit, due to trees. but great views to the west. Good trail all the way, lots of solitude. I'll do it again!
Excellent hike that can be done after work if you are looking for something short but rewarding. My friend Pat and I took the Cutler trail to the saddle, then a right turn and the grunt began. Made the summit in 37 minutes as it is on our local El Paso county named summit list. It isn't named on the USGS, but it is on Ormes Pikes Peak Atlas. Awesome views for such a short hike with some pretty big cliffs on the south side of the summit. Look for the Seven Falls observation deck and listen for the waterfalls. Returned via Daniels Pass, then back down to the road. That saves a few minutes because it is not as steep. Turn right on Cheyenne Canyon rd for about 1/4 mile back to the trailhead.