Be sure to also hit the false sub summit of this peak- great views of the Broadmoor and the Springs!
My first Colorado summit; obviously, one of the easiest. Took my wife, who is not very experienced, hoping that she'll be into it. Took a bunch of gear for training weight. Was very surprised by how many dogs without leashes we saw. Beautiful views, and ran into a few people that were pointing out various peaks and routes that can be taken. Wondered whether these people were some of the people that I so enjoy reading about within SummitPost or ListofJohns. We did the main trail up/down, and was pleasantly surprised how well my wife did, and how much she enjoyed it.
Thanks to all those guys, particularly shanricky, cftbq, beginnerhiker, and csmcgranahan for their work and their writings.
Always a good quick option.
Drove down from Denver to hike Cutler with a singles group and some of their dogs. It was my first time hiking anywhere in the Springs area. The trail was pretty icy, and there was a thin layer of snow from the previous day.
Upthe east face, down the trail. Had the mountain all to myself.
Did the trail this time, after climbing Muscoco first. A pleasant run from home (6,200 ft.). RT 2:06.
Another quick storm up the rocks of the east face. Beautiful day. Met another hiker at the top of the rock face who seemed willing to give this route a try--a first.
Dashed up the trail after coming back from Muscoco Mtn., as the clouds were dissipating and the snow was ending. The trail was already melting off in places facing south or west, but the lower trail, facing north, was still covered with new snow. Met one other hiker going up as I west down.
Amazingly sunny, warm January day. Luckily we wore our Yak Trax because a good part of the trail is north-facing and in the canyon and slicker than snot.
Sadly, hiking this trail is a lesson in lack of human consideration for one another. Despite a large sign instructing humans to leash their dogs, off leash dogs were running rampant, making for difficult going for us and our leashed canines. The dog crap on the sides of this narrow trail was so thick it was like walking an open sewer. The worst was yet to come. At the top of the mountian, numerous trees had been cut by vandals to make some type of bonfire. These selfish swine apparently do not understand the issue with trying to light a fire with green wood. The damage brought tears of rage to my eyes.
Back to the positives: The sun burned warm, the sky was blue, the wind wispered through the pine boughs...and the iced-over Seven Falls was breathtaking.
Always fun and simple. If you listen carefully, you can here the Native American music from the Seven Falls indian exhibit.
After a nine-month absence, I did another climb of the rocky east face. It was a beautiful, hot summer day.
gotta do it at night
From Muscoco Mountain. 1 hour roundtrip.
Great way to start the weekend. Very easy hike. Great views of Seven Falls.
Set a new record for climbing up the east face: 29 and a half minutes to the top of the rocks (from home). A beautiful, warm afternoon. Met 6 parties on the way down the trail.
This was my first time going up Mt.Cutler. I parked at the trailhead and took the regular route. It was a beautiful sunny morning with great views of the city and the mountains to the west. I was the only one at the parking lot when I arrived but by the time I came back there were 8 cars ! Also it looked like one of the local schools was working on fixing the trail, there was a lot of teenagers cleaning up along the way.
Even though it was Sunday, I figured the persistent rain would reduce the number of people on the trail and on the road. It did. So I ran up the trail (something I actually haven't done for a while) and down from home for my Sunday workout. I actually saw two other couples on the trail, and one solo hiker.
Ran up. Ran down.
A rare afternoon of sunshine, so I scrambled up the east face again, and then went on to Muscoco. 30 minutes to the top of the rocks, a new record.
Climbed with the kids 11, 7, and 5. Ninety minutes roundtrip including stopping for lunch and snack. Perfect for a Cub Scout den hike. Perfect for kids of any age - if they're too old to be carried in a carrier, they should be able to walk it. Perfect for out-of-town business travelers wanting to get out and experience Colorado some. Less than 20 minutes from downtown. Great Colorado Springs weekend vacation side trip. Very minimal fitness requirement. Anyhow, kids had fun.