Muscoco Mountain (8020 ft / 2444 m) is a prominent peak in the Cheyenne Canyon, situated on the ridge west of Mt.Cutler. In 2015 improvement work was done on the trail with parts of it being re-routed. A challenging alternative to Mt.Cutler, this hike rewards with exceptional views and less crowds.
Start at the Mt.Cutler trailhead parking and follow the trail for half a mile. At the saddle, a signpost marks the spot where you leave Mt.Cutler trail and turn west. The trail starts gradually climbing up south of the ridge line. After about half a mile, a nice view of Mt.Cutler and the city opens up to the east. The next 0.6 miles have a few exposed spots where caution is required. The final climb to the summit is steep but once at the top you can enjoy beautiful 360° views of the canyon.
Alternatively, you can continue along the trail for another half a mile where it links up with Gold Camp Road. This allows for some longer loops.
Distance: 3.6 round trip
Difficulty: There are few exposed spots and the final climb is steep on a rough trail.
Directions: Driving south on I-25 take exit 140 Tejon street to W Cheyenne Blvd. Follow it all the way until you reach the Starsmore Discovery Center where you keep right to enter the canyon. Trailhead parking for Muscoco Mountain and Mt.Cutler is on the left side after 1.5 miles.
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