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Dome Rock  

 Divide, Colorado 

 

Dome Rock from top 

Dome Rock Trail

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Trip Details:

 Divide, Colorado 

 

   
 

Directions:  

Directions: Located just 40 minutes west of Colorado Springs and just south of Divide on the western slope of Pikes Peak.

Trailhead: From Divide Colorado take Highway 67 South for 5 3/4 miles to the Fourmile road turn off. Veer right onto Fourmile road (CR61). You should pass a fish hatchery on your left. Follow this road for 2 miles until you see a Division of Wildlife sign on the right that says Dome Rock. Go through this gate, down the hill and around to the right for the trailhead parking lot. The parking lot is very clearly marked with several information signs and a water pump. (Lat:38.8396 Lon:-105.1742)

Summary: The trail starts downhill following a creek (Trail 46).  Stay to the right if you wish to avoid the stream crossings as there is a trail on the north side for most of the way.  Rock formations, beaver ponds, and river bottom meadows dominate the first part of the hike.

See map in last picture of this page.  Teller County, Colorado, USA.
Latitude: 38.835 : Longitude: -105.22778 : Elevation: 9044 ft


Highlights:


Rock formations, river bottom, meadows  

Near:

Cripple Creek, CO

Scenery:

River meadows and rock formations

Distance:

8.3 round rip

Elevation Gain:

500 ft.

Hike Time:

4-5 hours round trip

Difficulty:

Easy - Moderate

Trail Condition:

Good, some river crossings

HikeType:

Out and back or loop

 

 

 

River Bottom 

Open river meadows with great views.

This scenic area is dominated by massive exfoliating outcrops of Pikes Peak granite. Dome Rock, among the most spectacular of the formations, rises 800 feet from the canyon floor. The site also contains good-quality examples of ponderosa pine, limber pine, Douglas-fir and Montane grassland plant communities. The area provides winter browse and lambing grounds for a herd of bighorn sheep.

The Trailhead area contains a description of the ecology and animals of the area.

 

Trailhead Sign 

Trailhead Sign

The trial is closed during a portion of the year due to a herd of big horns living in the area. 

Note that the Dome Rock Trail starts at the water pump in the lower parking lot, and the Willow Creek Trail starts at the upper lot.

 

Typical Trail

Stage Coach Road Trail

Start follows an old stage coach road.  It is not all this good, but portions of the trail are wide and good.

 

Jackalope Ruins1 

Jack-a-lope Lodge Remains

Stop for the the ruins of Jackrabbit Lodge. This had been a private hunting lodge that burned to the ground in the 1940ís. All that remains is the stone chimney and part of the foundation.  There is a short trail that goes into Mueller State Park near the ruins.

  

 

Jackalope Ruins2 

 

In 1904, a prominent Cripple Creek Banker, John Delano Husted, incorporated the Crescent Cattle Company to purchase grazing land from Divide to the Four Mile area.  He sold stock to religious ministers in the Boston area who would visit the ranch in the summer at an elaborate cabin called the Jack Rabbit Lodge. Rumor was that Teddy Roosevelt was a guest during a hunting trip to the Pikes Peak area.

 

Mine ruins 

Mine along the main route in.

 

 

Dome Rock on the approach 

Dome Rock on the approach

  

Dome

Dome Rock  

 

In the 1950's W.E.  Mueller began purchasing the Crescent Cattle Company Land that went bankrupt in 1924.  In 1978, he sold the land to the Nature Conservancy and in 1991, Mueller State Park opened.  

 

River Bottom 

River Bottom near the Dome

 

 

Dinwiddie Rock 2 

Dinwiddie Rock

 

sign

Sign Map of Area located at trail head.

Dome Rock Map

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my Links

Dome Rock

Gazette description http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4191/is_20070928/ai_n21035953

Tube video of area http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPEDhE185uw

Local Hikes:     http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/DomeRockTrail_0000.asp

Horseback Trail riders http://coloradotrailrider.com/2008/07/22/dome-rock-state-wildlife-area/

Mueller State Park  http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/colorado/preserves/art532.html

Mountain Bikers http://activities.wildernet.com/pages/activity.cfm?actid=MUELLERSPIO*55482hw&areaid=CO&rectype=Mountain%20Biking&startrecord=1&fromPage=summary&CU_ID=1

 Pikes Peak Back Country http://books.google.com/books?id=GMigFG2g3uMC&pg=PA201&lpg=PA201&dq=Jackrabbit+Lodge+%2B+colorado&source=web&ots=7T4GQWJHpO&sig=XfVziz3nfoI3cs36wDMLWNqo_kg&hl=en&ei=9H6SSZOOM4risAPd4dH4Ag&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=8&ct=result#PPA210,M1

 

 

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