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MacNeil Trail

 3.4 (9)

Length


3.3 Miles 5.4 Kilometers


917' 279 m

Ascent

-188' -57 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

9,197' 2,803 m

High

8,376' 2,553 m

Low

Shared By Joshua Wells

Conditions


Minor Issues 98 days ago
Dry - At the 4 mile mark the trail is closed says private property History

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A very enjoyable hike with amazing views at the top.

Joshua Wells

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Need to Know

To get to the trailhead take Old Stage Road (FDR 368) into the mountains/uphill for 5.7 miles to a sign for the Broadmoor Stables (at the crest of a gentle hill). Parking is available for several vehicles in a pull-out to the right of the road. The trail starts on the other side of the road from the parking area. It's located just before the Broadmoor Stable sign going up the hill and immediately veering left.

MacNeil Trail is located in National Forest lands except near the very top where Cloud Camp is. Watch for private property signs as you go up to the summit of The Horns. Cloud Camp is a super fancy resort on the northeast side of the summit, so you won't want to be caught trespassing there.

Description

The trail's not very wide so you brush up against plants and tree branches and there is the occasional large root or log to hop over. MacNeil actually goes down at first for awhile and then has a consistent uphill grade. There are several places where you come around a bend and you get a really good view of The Horns, putting the whole trip into perspective. Along the way, you'll see some interesting things like an old pump engine and miles of rusted pipe going up to the old lodge (recently rebuilt as the Broadmoor Cloud Camp).

I've read in some places that Cheyenne Mountain is a triple crown mountain. Meaning there are three peaks to it. The peaks are the main summit Cheyenne Mountain, the antennae farm area (not sure what the name is), and The Horns (where this trail leads). When you're at the summit of The Horns the views are spectacular.

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Jul 13, 2018
Justin Popp
Jun 9, 2018
Adam
Resort at the top, skirt the outside from the southwest.
Apr 16, 2018
Danyl Sue
Trees fallen. No trail 1.2mi
Mar 16, 2018
Jared Harley
Jan 20, 2018
Ben M
Dec 16, 2017
Tom Kuthy
Out and back with nice views. Did not do the whole trail. 3mi — 1h 30m
Nov 22, 2017
Dan Zeddies
Nov 12, 2017
Tyler Harding

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 9 votes

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in Fort Carson

#13160

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#2

in Fort Carson

#1,225

in Colorado

#13,160

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Nathalia Tappan
Colorado Springs, CO
Nathalia Tappan   Colorado Springs, CO
The trail is amazing from the very beginning. You'll be in a gorgeous forest pretty much all the way, filled with pine and aspen. The only bummer is that the end is closed. For being so close to private property, the last stretch of the trail is not maintained and the only way to climb to the top of the highest horn would be scrambling through very rough (and private?) Terrain. Feb 20, 2017
Great hike but keep in mind the final sliver of the trail is not possible to hike since it lies beyond a private property sign - Still, the area immediately before this 'dead end' has a massive rock you can climb/sit on and lookout over the valley. Nov 11, 2017

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