Kineo Mountain is in Pike National Forest just west of Colorado Springs and rises above Jones Park to the west. It stands out as an imposing sentinel over North Cheyenne Canon to the south and Bear Creek Canyon to the north. The lack of a trail to the summit results in relatively few summit attempts.
One of the finest views in the Colorado Springs area, particularly of North Cheyenne Canon, can be seen from rock outcroppings on the south side of the summit. A bonus view is a rock formation in this area I've decided to call "The Old Man of the Mountain West" in honor of his fallen companion in New Hampshire.
Take US Highway 24 West, also known as Cimarron Street, to 8th Street. Go south on 8th Street. Turn right on Cheyenne Boulevard. Continue staight at Cresta Road. When you come to a fork in the road, take the right fork, which is North Cheyenne Canyon Road. The left fork goes to Seven Falls. Follow the road past Helen Hunt Falls and continue up switchbacks until you reach the end of the paved roadway. There is a large gravel parking lot on the left. Park here.
No permits or fees are required. Dogs should be leashed as this is a City Park. Be sure to observe park hours which are posted as you enter the park. A large portion of the route and Kineo Mountain itself is in Pike National Forest.
When To Climb
This mountain is climbable throughout most of the year with exception of the more extreme winter months. Expect to encounter fairly deep snow during winter and early spring, particularly on some of the off-trail portions. Portions of Class 2 scrambling and snow make the actual peak a real adventure during winter and early spring. Bring a map and compass or GPS. Gaitors would also be helpful for snow.
No camping is allowed in North Cheyenne Canon Park. Camping is allowed in Pike National Forest. The saddle west of Kineo Mountain and Jones Park offer some relatively flat terrain. Be sure to follow National Forest camping guidelines.
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