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Mule Creek Trail

  • Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q

    315 South 31st Street, Colorado Springs, CO (map)

    38.849873 -104.872017

  • We'll meet at Rudy's BBQ on 24 at 8:30,and then go to the trailhead from there. Last time it took us 45 mins from Rudys to trailhead.

     * we did this hike in May and loved it.  So I thought I'd put it out there again,for the end of summer.

    Mule Creek Trail
    difficulty: easy to moderate

    6 miles, round trip

    500-foot elevation gain

    This is a great hike on a hot summer day - or just about any day with your dog or kids. There are multiple creek crossings, easily gained by stepping or hopping rock to rock if you want to keep your feet wet.

    This trek takes you through meadows, aspen groves and pine forests, and there are plenty of places to stop for snacks or a picnic lunch. You'll see rocky canyons on either side of you for a stretch, and patches of wildflowers in season.

    Where to meet:

    Rudy's on 24 at 8:30am. We will then carpool and caravan from there to the trail head. Hike will start at approximately 9:30am.


    To get there

    From Highway 24, drive north about 3 miles on Highway 67 toward Deckers. Turn left on County Road 75/Road 342, across from the Red Rocks Campground. Drive about 1/2 mile to the trailhead parking on your left. If you reach the Lions Camp sign, you've gone about 100 yards too far.

    The hike

    This is a gentle hike or fast and fun mountain bike ride, with numerous stream crossings. There are just enough whoop-de-doos and singletrack to keep bikers happy. The wildlife and views are plenty to keep hikers interested.

    The stream crossings are easily maneuvered, and if the water is high there are dual paths on each side of the stream for much of the stroll along this open canyon. An early morning hike in mid-June revealed patches of wildflowers, birds and squirrels chirping and tweeting overhead, plump rabbits scampering through the underbrush, deer sipping at the stream, and what appeared to be a fox's tail jetting out of sight behind a rock.

    You can turn around at any point and return the way you came; the natural spot is when you hit a new dirt road cutting through the forest. But the trail continues on the other side of the road, again following Mule Creek. Numerous side trails take you to rocky top lookouts.

    You can hike or bike as far as Trout Creek Road, but beware: If you're hiking or riding on the weekend, you may share the trail south of the dirt road with off-road riders. You'll gain another 500 feet of elevation if you follow this all the way to Trout Creek Road on a fairly well-used Jeep track.

    And you'll have to double back or use a two-vehicle shuttle system.

    Please respect all private property.


    Most of this is in the Pike National Forest. There is no motorized vehicle use on the lower Mule Creek Trail. Dogs allowed, and they'll love you for taking them. A well-maintained campground is just across Highway 67.


    If this is your first hike with the group in 2013, please bring your $5 annual dues. Dues will be collected before we begin the event.


    Sandy:[masked], call/text if you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute

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  • Elizabeth P.

    Hey Sandy, I know things are opened as far as 24, I haven't heard the conditions of the road or how slippery and I'm sure muddy it will be up there. Since you've been there before what do you think? Are we still a go?

    September 13, 2013

    • Julie

      I was thinking about Mule Creek running right next to the trail. I thought the trail might be under water, and there were quite a number of creek crossings, also. As an aside, Oliver and I went for our walk in Palmer Park today, and the road through the middle of the park was totally closed down. Not sure when it will re-open. We had to access a little hike over by the stables, today.

      September 13, 2013

    • Julie

      Check out this list of damages and closures:­

      September 13, 2013

  • Elizabeth P.

    I agree it is going to be muddy and rain is forecast on and off for the weekend ending sometime Sunday. I'm inclined to not go I've heard it's pretty but Cali and Piper don't do ponds, creeks that are deep cuz Heaven forbid they get wet! Give me your final heads up and I'll talk it over with Bill and let you know for sure.

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we still a go for tomorrow?

    September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I wrote this before seeing the other post!

      September 13, 2013

  • Bonnie

    I really wanted to do this hike but realized that Smokey has an appt. on Sat. to get groomed.Hope to see everybody soon.

    September 12, 2013

  • Elizabeth P.

    With the flooding we are currently getting around Colo. Springs and Manitou are we still going or should we reschedule due to roads being closed and flooding with rain the next several days.


    September 12, 2013

    • Sandy T

      I'll send a note tomorrow once we have a better feel about how things look.

      September 12, 2013

  • Alana

    I'm looking forward to this. I thought there was a hike going on last weekend and realized I somehow got my calendar mixed up, so I'm REALLY looking forward to this one.... and my dog definitely needs the exercise! Looking forward to meeting some of you I haven't met before.

    September 9, 2013

  • Dennis W.

    I've done some hikes north on 67, but never this one. Looking forward to meeting you all, and Sapphire is already excited! I'll be at the trailhead around 9 or so, so see you all there.

    September 6, 2013

    • Suzanne

      Yes Dennis, this is a great hike for dogs...oh yes, & their people!

      September 8, 2013

    • Dennis W.

      It's all about the dogs, Suzanne! I look forward to seeing you and Penny and all the other members and their buddies; sounds like a mega meetup!

      September 8, 2013

  • Lisa

    This is a fav hike that I was looking forward to doing; however, going to be out of town that weekend! Enjoy

    September 2, 2013

  • Sandy T

    wow...that was fast,Kelly! You really liked this one,huh? ;o)

    June 2, 2013

    • kellysifford

      Yes, very much. I love the hikes we go one and the company.

      1 · June 2, 2013


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