| Local CS Hike - Mt. Kineo
Mt. Kineo – 9,478ft
Hiking Parter – Molly Mae (K9)
Distance – 8miles RT
Trail Head – Top of High Drive
Unfortunately, the month of April was a very busy one for me. Work, business trips, soccer games (my son) and other activities, getting out to do anything has been hard. Moreover, I am always amazed how hard it is to build stamina and how easy it is to loose it. Today, I got my first chance to get out in over a month.
This isn't a 14er, or a 13er. Hell, it doesn't even break 9500 ft., but it got me out. I am posting this, as there have been a couple forum posts on easy local hikes in the Colorado Springs area. Cheyenne Canyon provides the start of some really enjoyable hikes. This hike started at the top of High Drive (open from May 1 – Oct 1) in North Cheyenne Canyon. This point serves where Captain Jacks trail ends and Mt. Buckhorn Trail begins. Additionally, it is one of the multiple locations to begin heading towards Jones Park.
We started at 10:00am (a late start, but only decided I had to go at 8:30) heading up Mt. Buckhorn Trail. The first 0.6 miles is a pretty good cardio jolt as you gain altitude fairly quickly. After 0.6 miles, the hike becomes much more enjoyable as the trail runs along a ridge for about 2 miles. Around 2.5 miles, the trail begins to descend towards Bear Creek and the Jones Park Trail (where there is a small creek crossing).
At this point, my partner and I started to gently ascend towards the Jones Park area. Along the trial, we came to an old mine.
First shot of our goal.
One of my faithful hiking partners.
Mine shaft along the trail.
We finally came to the junction of multiple trails with another stream crossing in the Jones park area. For those interested, I have summitted Mt. Garfield, Mt. Arthur, The Tenny Crags, and Hideaway Peak from this location. There are additional peaks that can be reached from here, but there are better approaches. The approach to Garfield and Arthur take you through Jones Park where there are remnants of three old cabins from the late 1800s to early 1900s.
The water crossing at the multiple trail junction.
At this point, it is roughly 1/2 mile to the summit of Mt. Kineo.
Mt. Garfield and Mt. Arthur from Mt. Kineo.
Tenny Crags from Mt. Kineo.
Snow covered Mt. Baldy (left) and Almagre (right).
And since this is a 14ers site...Pikes Peak from Mt. Kineo.
A closer look.
Overall, it was a nice day out in the foothills. Looking forward to the summer challenges.
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