Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Distance from Denver: ~65mi (~1hr) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~2mi RT ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Easy ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Small lot on side of road; if it is full, you have to park at the next available spot and walk to the trailhead ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
Happy Monday, everyone! How crazy has the weekend weather been lately? From snow to sunshine to freezing rain, it feels like we have had it all in these last two weeks. If you know anything about Coloradans, you know that no matter the weather, you will find us outside!
That was the case when Brandon & I hiked Mt. Cutler. It had just snowed the day before, but the sun was peaking out and we were itching to explore a new part of the state. Mt. Cutler is tucked away in a sleepy part of Colorado Springs, inside the North Cheyenne Canyon Park; we had never been here before and were excited to summit a new part of Colorado.
We were lucky as we pulled up to the parking lot; there is a small section along the side of the road at which to park. If you can’t find a space…well good luck parking elsewhere and then walking here!
The hike was billed at ~1mi to the summit which sounds right in retrospect - but felt much longer while we were on the hike! We think part of that was because of how icy parts of the path had become from the heavy traffic on this trail. It was definitely an ab workout as we tried to hold onto our balance on the steep incline for the first 1/5th of the trail. The views start almost instantaneously as you look out over the city.
When you reach the “ledge” pictured above, you are more than halfway to the summit! Just keep following the winding path up - but it is nicer along this part because the snow has melted and you are walking on firmer ground.
Just past the bend where you see a fork in the road, hang left and prepare yourself for breathtaking views! We were not expecting these vistas at all, and we both had our breaths taken away!
It felt like this was a well known secret in Colorado Springs, because the trail was very well trafficked, but quite frankly, we had never heard of this trail from any of our friends before! It was so very peaceful given most people don’t linger, so we took the opportunity to spend as much time up here as we could! It was pretty cool, because you could see the Seven Falls landmark and some of the Broadmoor Hotel’s other attractions.
We absolutely loved it here and can’t wait to be back to explore more of the Springs! After all, it seems like the perfect hidden gem to us ♡
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