Mt. Cutler Trail
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Date Hiked: Oct. 13, 2014
- Distance: 2 mi (RT)
- Elevation Gain: 538ft
- Elevation Min/Max: 6,746 to 7,211ft
- Managing Agency: City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
- Fee: None
Mt. Cutler Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: From I-25, take Exit 140B and follow the signs to N. Cheyenne Canon Park. Make a right onto W. Cheyenne Road and follow it to the large sign for the park. Turn right into North Cheyenne Canon and drive up the road for 1.5 mi. The trailhead is on the left.
The Mt. Cutler Trail is a great way to experience North Cheyenne Canon. The trail is easy going and snakes its way up the south slopes of the canyon. The trail is mostly shaded by evergreen and aspen trees with various viewpoints towards the impressive mouth of the canyon. The trail climbs up to a saddle on the ridge that separates North Cheyenne Canon from South Cheyenne Canyon. As you follow the ridge the views down into South Cheyenne Canon's famous Seven Falls and up canyon towards some of the higher peaks that lead up to Pike's Peak. The high point of the trail (about .9 mi from the trailhead) is just about the summit (if not the official summit) of Mt. Cutler and it has a shaded bench for relaxing and taking in the views to the north. I recommend following the ridge line downhill for a few minutes to get better views of the eastern terminus of N. Cheyenne Canyon, but be careful here, the slope is steep and the rock is loose.