“Grouse Mountain” is a great place to visit in the winter for a gentle romp through the snow to amazing views!
Rank: 2403rd highest peak in Colorado
Prominence: 463 feet
USGS Quad: Divide
Planning Map: Trails Illustrated #137 Pikes Peak | Cañon City
Rank & Prominence: Lists of John
Take U.S. 24 west (Cimarron) from Colorado Springs for 25 miles through Woodland Park to the town of Divide. Turn left onto Highway 67 South for 3.5 miles. Approximately 45 minutes.
The total length and elevation gain to attain this summit depend largely on the season of your visit.
SUMMER: During the summer, you can reach this summit as part of a short jaunt from your campsite if you wish, requiring roughly 1 mile roundtrip distance with 300 feet of elevation gain.
WINTER: In the winter, after the campground gates are closed, expect a roughly 4 miles roundtrip hike/ski/snowshoe with approximately 300 feet of net elevation gain.
Note: You’ve got to continue south past the non-descript summit to the overlook to enjoy the best views!
Day Use Fee: $7.00 per vehicle
Annual Colorado Parks Pass: $70.00
Detailed use restrictions can be seen in the photo at right. Notably, dogs and motorized vehicles are prohibited on trails and in the back country.
Mueller State Park boasts healthy population of wildlife including Bighorn Sheep, Grouse, Badgers, Elk, Mountain Lion, Wild Turkey and Black Bear. Respect the no-dog rule, which apparently is in place to protect the wildlife population!
Weather and Seasons
|Detailed “worst case” weather information can be found by visiting the website for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.||”Grouse Mountain” can be hiked year-round. However, during the summer months expect heavy crowds in the state park. Even in the spring and fall, when the road to the northern-most trailhead is open, the hike to this summit is barely more difficult than a trip to the grocery from the furthest parking spot. I recommend visiting “Grouse Mountain” in the winter, when the snows have prompted the state park to close the road at the Comfort Station. This makes for a peaceful snowshoe, ski or romp through the powder and much thinner crowds .|| |
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Camping and Cabins
Mueller State Park boasts a large number of campsites and cabins, as well.
May 1 – September 30
•Walk-in tent site: $18
•Electric hook-up campsite: $22
•Aspen Leaf electric campsite: 19
•RV Group Campground: $242 per night
October 1 – April 30
•Walk-In tent only campsite: $16
•Electric hook-up campsite: $20
•Aspen Leaf electric campsite: $17
•RV Group Campground: $220 per night (open until October 14th)
•Two bedroom / One bath: $140 per night (4 persons maximum)
•Three bedroom / One bath: $200 per night (6 persons maximum)
•Four bedroom / Two bath: $260 per night (8 persons maximum)
Mueller State Park Map