Mt. Rosa

Colorado Springs, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2021
4.1 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.81 miles
Highest Elevation: 10150 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Colorado Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Colorado Springs
Official Road Name: 370.B, 381
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: Pike's Peak Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Mt. Rosa
Mt. Rosa’s proximity to Colorado Springs makes this a very popular destination for both off-roading and just those looking to get away from the city. New wheelers have the chance to get practice on the terrain Even the scenic lookouts have nearby playgrounds. Everyone will appreciate the amazing views of Colorado Springs along the way. There are two scenic stops, the second one offers a small rock climb to the top of the lookout. The “Wye” trails that connect to Mt. Rosa are small spurs that can add some difficulty to your day of wheeling. When you make it back to Gold Camp Road, turn right to add a number of different trails to your day. Combine this with Mt. Baldy or Bull Park to make for a full day of wheeling and sightseeing.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The start of the trail off the north side of Gold Camp Road is officially Wye Campground Road, but this is universally recognized as the Mt. Rosa trailhead.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Colorado Springs

From I-25 in Colorado Springs take the Lake Avenue exit 138 and go west for 3.2 miles to the roundabout at The Broadmoor Resort & Hotel. Take the second exit in the roundabout which is Pourtales Road. Continue 1.4 miles to the intersection with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road and Penrose Boulevard. Go straight through the intersection and the road becomes Old Stage Road. Stay on Old Stage Road for 6.9 miles and it will connect with Gold Camp Road. Continue another 3.4 miles on Gold Camp Road to the trailhead on the right.

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Trail Reviews (16)

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Status: Open
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Trail was great with a stock vehicle. Only downside was a lot of people shooting and leaving there trash (brass, targets, and other) behind. Final scenic area worth the drive. We had a wonderful clear day.
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Nice easy trail with some fun offshoot to play in. Not many views either, but you can hike to some good view of COS.
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My first official trail I've ever done. Very beginner friendly, while still being somewhat of a challenge personally. Did this in a stock 07 Nissan Xterra. Somewhat busy as others were on the trail and had to let pass or let myself pass them. Overall very fun and looking forward to doing more in my X.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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This trail is open, however, CAUTION. Colorado weather is unpredictable this time of year and there may be the occasional fresh snow fall or mud and melting snow. This trail is in an area of the state where snowfall levels have dropped for the season and the majority of the trails are dry, muddy and/or only have a small bit of snow on them. Again, please use caution if traveling on these trails until the dryer season.
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Status: Open
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Trail is in good condition. There is one area of washout between waypoints 5 and 6 that was a little concerning. Some snow and ice in the shade, but most of the trail was dry. Didn't go all the way to Mt. Rosa, stopped at waypoint 6 and turned around. There are not any legal target shooting areas on this trail. No issues for a stock Tacoma OR.
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Status: Impassable
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This trail is located at a higher alitude of Colorado and at this time of year should be considered impassable for any regular off-road user. Some people may be able to manage these trails with the correct gear, emergency equipment, and rig. Travel with caution.
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Amazing views. A good challenge for a beginner, as there are some narrow sections and small ruts. I did see a full size truck here, but he was barely making the edge. Today was warm and clear skies, but I could see this being very dangerous in some sections during heavy rain or snow. This trail listing is accurate 100%.
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Did this trail with a little while of snow coming down. This trail struck me as a good beginner trail that would have a few challenges. Also a good trail for a stock vehicle. There are some nice views of the valley.
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Was an awesome trail with great views at the top!
Author: Official Crew
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I've driven Mt. Rosa before but came by to get some fresh information. This trail is very scenic but the off-camber sections are not great for my wife or the pup trying to keep his balance.
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Status: Open
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Love this trail. Main trail is passable with a high clearance 2wd but the side trails are where the fun is! Lots of very deep ruts, rocks and tree roots. Great trail for all levels.
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Status: Partially Open
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Trail is open but large drifts will stop you between point 4 & 5 right past one of the sharper turns. Area sits in the shade and drifts are up to 4' or so at points and take up the majority of the road. Not much room to turn around so be ready to back out a fair bit depending on vehicle. We hiked up to the playground where everything was clear but the entire hike up had drifts until making the right turn. It looks like it will be awhile for this to be full open.
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Status: Open
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The playground is hands down the best part
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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We drove into the trail to recover a Jeep that had slid off trail about a mile in. There is very little snow but the ground is largely ice and dirt. This can make things slicker than they look. Proceed with caution on trails in this area right now.
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Status: Open
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Great day, a little windy on the scenic overlook. The road keeps going past the TrailsOffroad GPS track and is visible on the USFS MV maps, but I turned around anyway because it was getting late and my 2 year old son was gonna be hungry. The third picture shows my Jeep at the turnaround point, you can see a large rock in the middle of the trail that might present a problem for lower clearance vehicles. I could tell there had been some recent trail building and tire spinning by a previous wheeler getting back up that rock. Only saw one other driver, in a stock late model Ford Explorer. The washes and the rocky hillclimbs were fun. Be aware that target shooting is common in the area so you may hear gunfire and shooters may not be aware that a trail circles back downrange from their location.
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Status: Open
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A nice day on the trail. We went to waypoint 7 and turned back. The hill climb didn't look inviting with the storm behind it.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: There is a trail just to the right, before the old Wye Campground that is unrecorded. You would need some pretty serious articulation for the first section which I couldn't pass. Maybe some one could record it?
–Ben Jimbo (02/20/2021)
–Q (03/15/2021)
–JD Marshall (02/20/2021)

Writer Information

JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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