14 Dec Dome Rock Trail
Hiking Trails – Dome Rock Trail
Mueller State Park and Wildlife Area
From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24, through Woodland Park, to Divide. Turn south on Hwy 67 towards Cripple Creek. Drive 5.0 miles. There will be the second gate marked “Mueller State Park”. Turn right onto Fourmile Road. Follow Fourmile road for 1.5 miles. The trailhead is on the right. Parking costs $4.00 per vehicle per day or an annual pass for all Colorado State parks can be obtained for $40.00 at the main entrance to Mueller State park. The fee is collected in an envelope using a self-service deposit. Do not forget to put the sticker in the window of your car.
Attractions and Considerations:
Foot, horse, and bike trail. Motorized vehicles and pets are prohibited.
From the Rainbow Valley Ranch entrance, trail #46 follows Four Mile creek down to the base of Dome Rock. The trail crosses the creek several times and provides beautiful views of rock formations and possibly big horn mountain sheep. After one mile, notice ruins of the Sand Buff mine. Near the end of the trail, you will see an old stone chimney which is part of the ruins of the Jack Rabbit Lodge. The foundation rocks make a nice place to sit down and have a lunch.
Length: 7 miles round trip
Time: 3.5 hours
Elevation Gain/Drop: 600ft.
Maps: Pike National Forest J-7
Quad Maps: Cripple Creek North 13, 14, 15, 16
The trail goes from 8,800 ft. down to 8,200 ft. in 3.5 miles
Beginning Elevation: 8,800 ft at trail head.
Ending Elevation: 8,200 ft at base of Dome Rock.
This trail makes a nice family hike. At a minimum, bring 32oz/1liter of drinking water per person.
Temperatures are about 15 degrees cooler than Colorado Springs. Afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer.
Not permitted. Park Hours 6:00am to 6:00pm.
Potable water is available at the trail head. Water from the stream should be treated before use.