Hike MacNeil Trail to the Horns

Hi Secular Hikers,


Weather permitting; there will be a hike on Sunday, June 30th.  The hike will be the MacNeil Trail to the Horns on the north side of Cheyenne Mountain and is about 6 miles round trip, with about 500 ft. elevation gain.  There are a few short steep sections and the last part of the hike before the turn around point is somewhat steep.  Overall, I consider this hike to be a relatively easy hike.


We will be meeting at the park-n-ride between Nevada and Tejon under Interstate 25 and carpooling to the trailhead which is on Old Stage Road close to the Broadmoor Stables.


Please bring enough water and snacks for the hike.  We will probably be stopping for a light lunch at the turn around point.


Please let me know if you plan on attending the hike.  If you change your mind, please let me know that also.


We will be leaving the park-n-ride between Nevada and Tejon under Interstate 25 at 9:00 AM.


Rich [masked])


p.s. Due to a change in plans, I will be leading a hike on Sunday, August 18th.   (So, I will not need a substitute hiking leader for that date.)  Also, thanks to everyone who gave me their preferences for Summer Hikes.  I took all the comments into consideration for determining which hikes should be on what dates.

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  • William A.

    Great time, great hike, great views, great company!

    July 4, 2013

  • Georgianne P.

    The hike was more difficult than I thought it would be, mainly because I got too hot. I think from the number of photos posted that everyone loved the views. The Columbine were beautiful.

    July 3, 2013

  • Rich B.

    The weather was great except for a few sprinkles over lunch. The rain stopped immediately after everyone put on their rain coats. The views from the lunch stop were fantastic. I think everyone enjoyed the hike even though I underestimated the elevation gain.

    July 2, 2013

  • Gene O.

    This hike was deceptive. Though only offering 500 feet of elevation gain, measured from the lowest to highest points on the trail, the many ups and downs made the overall vertical profile much higher. This was a fairly demanding hike, though not as hard as Heizer Trail or Muscoco Mountain.

    While at the turnaround point, we got some rain, enough for everybody to put on their raincoats or rain ponchos. Before the rain hit, we were treated to some lovely views (see photos section).

    Summary: This was an enjoyable and somewhat challenging hike.

    June 30, 2013

  • Jonna

    I look forward to trying a new trail.

    June 29, 2013

  • Judy

    pond tour Sunday, have to cancel

    June 28, 2013

  • Finn

    Unfortunately, I have to pick up the ball for someone at work who dropped it. Grrr.

    June 28, 2013

  • Doris D.

    I'll plan to meet you at the park-n-ride on Tejon. See you then

    June 25, 2013

  • Rich B.

    My hiking buddy, Alan, and I were on MacNeil Trail yesterday. There are many Columbines and many other flowers on the side of the trail, so bring your cameras if you want to take pictures. Also, we went up the Swisher Trail (not included on this Sunday’s hike). It is very difficult going up. We decided to not to go down the Swisher Trail on our return, we took the road down the backside. We found the ruins of an old cabin a little past the saddle.

    June 25, 2013

  • William A.

    Looking forward to another great hike with a fun group!

    June 24, 2013

  • John C

    I've wanted to check out this trail for some time!

    June 22, 2013

  • Finn

    Will we see any of the old Broadmoor relics?

    The contouring trail is the McNeil Trail. It leads to the ruins of the Broadmoor’s lodge on private property on top of Cheyenne Mountain and probably was a leg on the multiday trail rides The Broadmoor used to offer. This gentle trail contours at 8,500 feet along the backside of the mountain for 2.2 miles to a point where it meets the Swisher Trail on a subtle ridge. The Swisher is easy to miss. If you come across an old pump and engine (the water supply for the lodge) you’ve gone about 50 yards too far. Retrace your steps. Once on the Swisher, the trail climbs relentlessly. The trail switchbacks southeast to a gentle saddle. It is generally easy to follow until it disappears just as the path crests the ridge on Cheyenne Mountain. A few steps ahead is a lush meadow. This is a perfect place for a picnic. As you wander around, keep your eye out for the ruins of an old settlers cabin on the left.

    June 21, 2013

    • Rich B.

      I was not planning to go on the Swisher Trail on this hike. There are some old pipelines beside the trail.

      June 21, 2013

  • John and Kym S.

    I plan to come and will let you know about John as he may have commitments (golf) already.

    June 21, 2013

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