Overview: Rising 800 ft above the 4 Mile Creek valley floor, Dome Rock is the quintessential Colorado destination. Adjacent to Meuller State Park, just south of Divide and north of Cripple Creek, you can hike here from mid-July to the end of November. This area is restricted because it is one of the few areas where Big Horn Sheep drop and nurture their lambs. You can travel this area on foot (with or without snowshoes, depending on the weather) or on horseback. No mountain bikes and no DOGS.
If you like variety, you’ll find it on this hike: wild flowers (in late July/early August), Aspen forests, beaver ponds, massive granite rock formations, views of the central Rocky Mountains, quiet streams and rushing creeks. Because it takes 5-6 hours to complete the 11 mile loop (depending on how often you stop for pictures, or how much exploring you do along the way), you may have the opportunity to experience the delight of Colorado blue skies and the drama of roiling clouds in one glorious day.
Directions: We will meet up at Venture Foods in Divide and then:
Drive west from Colorado Springs in US Hwy 24 to Divide, CO. Go south on State Hwy 67, approximately 6 miles to Teller Co Rd 61 (4 Mile Rd) — this dirt road goes of at an angle as the main hwy cuts left. In 1.8 miles you’ll see a sign on the right indicating the trailhead for the Dome Rock hike. Drive down this road. There are two parking area; the south lot will put you closer to the start point, the north lot will leave you near the end. The toilet is on the edge of the south lot.
1. Take plenty of water, or water purification equipment. Recommend at least 64 ounces of water.
2. Take snacks and lunch; 11 miles will demand a lot of energy.
3. While the most dramatic photos can be taken in the late afternoon, dangerous weather also tends to arrive at that time as well. Be aware.
4. Bring trekking poles if you would like
5. Dress in layers as the afternoon sun can be quite warm
6. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.