Mays Peak (rescheduled)

* If this is your first hike/event with our group for 2013, please bring the $5 dues with you. It will be collected before the event starts.*


This short North Cheyenne Canyon hike to a summit with broad views of the city is a nice, and often overlooked, alternative to more popular hikes in the canyon such as Mount Cutler.

To get there: From downtown Colorado Springs, take Tejon Street south under Interstate 25, then turn west on Cheyenne Boulevard. Enter North Cheyenne Canyon Park (you're on North Cheyenne Canyon Road now) and follow the road to a dirt parking lot where High Drive converges with Cheyenne Canyon and Gold Camp roads.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, 3.2 miles, 720 feet elevation gain

 

The hike: This hike begins by climbing High Drive, a century old carriage road now open part of the year to one-way car traffic. High Drive starts at a gate on the east side of the parking lot. Climb slowly for just over a mile as the grade snakes to the north. At a pass, several trails converge. To the west is Upper Captain Jacks. To the northeast is Lower Captain Jacks. Look for an unmarked trail running east from the southeast corner of the small parking area on the pass. This is the way to Mays Peak. At first, it appears to be a social trail that doesn't appear on official maps, but the carefully laid out, gentle grade shows it was deliberately designed. Follow the clear trail as it corkscrews counterclockwise to the north side of the summit. At the top the trees part, leaving a broad, grassy vista framed by ponderosa pines. Few summits in the area combine such easy access with such solitude. Return the way you came. DO NOT shortcut down the south side; it encourages erosion on the delicate peak.

 

Let's meet in the parking lot. Call/text me if you are lost, have questions, or need to cancel last minute:[masked], Sandy

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  • Dori

    Mia and I wont' be able to make it today. She's having some issues I need to take her to the vet for --don't want to push her. I'm bummed, but will make the next I hope.

    May 18, 2013

  • scott

    I'll come might not go all the way depends on weather see how aspen does.

    May 17, 2013

    • Sandy T

      I'm with ya. I have a puppy now, so we'll do what she can .

      1 · May 17, 2013

  • Claire A

    I wish I could come but I have to work! Boo! Next time!

    May 17, 2013

  • jan

    a new work schedule, so not able to attend

    May 17, 2013

  • scott

    I might be there

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to it, sorry haven't been around since first hike :/

    May 16, 2013

  • Penny R.

    3.2 total miles? thinking of taking LeeLee - want to make sure its an easy one...

    May 15, 2013

    • Sandy T

      I've done this one once.. In snow. As I recall the toughest part was going down high drive and agreeing that we were at the trailhead for the mountain. :). It's not Mt Cutler... But close in difficulty, if I remember correctly

      May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are these usually adults only or are there kids sometimes?

    May 7, 2013

    • Sandy T

      Most of our hikes seem to be adults and the occasional older teens/twenty-something'­s. kids are certainly welcome at any time. weekend hikes are usually more strenuous that the weekday ones.

      May 8, 2013

  • Denise T.

    I will be out of town. Sorry to miss it.

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, backpacking...

    March 11, 2013

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