Almagre Mountain via FSR 379
ElevationAscent: 2,535' 773 m
Descent: -2,535' -773 m
High: 12,349' 3,764 m
Low: 9,815' 2,992 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Enjoy a mild ascent to the second highest peak in the Colorado Springs skyline~Almagre Mountain (12,367 ft.).”— K Keiter
Family Friendly Teens or experienced hikers would really enjoy this trail, although it can be a very long day.
FSR 379 and FSR 379A are both open to motorized vehicles, so foot traffic needs to be alert. With that said, most users are hiker friendly and slow as to not spit rocks from tires, and even offer waves, smiles, and at times window chats.
From the trailhead, FSR 379 gradually ascends for about 0.6 miles to a clearing that overlooks Jones Park. From the overlook, the trail takes a hard left and starts to meander and gain more elevation along the edge of timbers. Deer Park, noted by its wetlands, is about 1.3 miles down the road after it starts to swing around to the north. Soon after passing Deer Park is another clearing that comprises the intersection of FSR 379A.
Take a sharp right to access the beginning of FSR 379A. At this point, FSR 379A continues along the timbered ridgeline for about 1.5 miles before it begins a steep ascent. FSR 379A has some blind curves for motorized vehicles, so hikers should be vigilant.
Continue the ascent for another quarter mile to the locked gate. Motorized vehicles are not allowed past the locked gate due to the fragile ecosystem. Go around the locked gate and head to the right over the old brick dam (Mount Baldy Dam). Crossing the dam can be a bit tricky, so just be careful of the old rusty rebar.
From here, it is another 1.25 miles to the summit with an elevation gain of about 700 ft. Listen for the marmots whistling, as they are warning others of your presence. After crossing the dam, the trail gently traverses up the sidewall of the Mount Baldy Reservoir, which is usually quite dry. The trail is sandy and can get deep at times, so trekking poles come in handy.
Upon reaching the summit, the views are delightful. On a clear day, the Cog can be seen and heard traveling along the slope of Pikes Peak, miles of Colorado Springs can be seen, and it feels as if one can see all the way to Kansas, North Cheyenne Canon, and Mays Peak.
Land Manager: USFS - Pike & San Isabel National Forests Office