Mount Rosa  

 Colorado Springs, Colorado 



Mt Rosa from Baldy 

Mount Rosa from Almalgre Peak

Brief History


The abrupt stone point was named for Rose Kingsley, an aristocratic young English woman who lived briefly in Colorado Springs in its early years, and, incidentally, started its first library. She was an avid hiker, and soon earned the nickname Rosa del Mont, or Rose of the Mount.

Kingsley was the first woman to climb this mountain.  Mount Rosa stands by itself and takes in unbeatable perspectives of  Pikes Peak to the north and the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the south.

Later, this mountain is now thought to be the actual mountain climbed by Zebulon Pike in 1806 rather than the nearby Pikes Peak. He set out from the south trying to reach the tallest point in the southern Front Range, and it is believed that he mistakenly climbed and camped in a cave just on the east side of Mount Rosa beneath the summit. As he reached the top, he discovered that the tallest point, Pikes Peak, was actually miles away to the West and many more mountains stood in his way.




Trip Details:

Mt. Rosa Colorado Springs, Colorado 



Standard Frosty Park Route: From Colorado Springs take Old Stage/Gold Camp Road approximately 12.5 miles to FR 379 (close to the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir). Turn north on 379 and travel on the 4WD road to Frosty Park for another 1.5 miles. This is a large clearing on the right with no apparent signs other than the tracks of many mud rides known as Frosty Park. At the northeast side of this clearing is the trailhead for Nelsons Trail or FS Trail 672.

St Mary's Falls Route: There is also another route  that originates in the North Cheyenne Caņon Park heading up to St Marys Falls. This is a much longer hike (15+ miles with elevation gain of 4,000 ft)  if you prefer the all day traditional route.



Map shows the turn in along the 4 WD road FR379.  The unmarked trailhead starts to the east of Frosty Park.


Summary: Pike National Forest trail offers a 360 view in the middle of Pikes Peak, Almalgre, Cheyenne Mountain and others. 



360 degree views


Colorado Springs, CO


wild flowers cactus on summit with bees, flies - wild turkeys


2.18 miles

Elevation Gain:

1,200 ft

Hike Time:

2.0-3.5 hours round trip from Frosty Park



Trail Condition:

good single wide rocky in places - no climbing skill required


Up and back



Lat/Lon: 38.75400°N / 104.948°W

Elevation: 11499 ft / 3505 m


Waypoint Log

0.00 Parking and Trailhead - proceed west of the parking area

.20 National Forest property marker on trail

.30 FS 672 - go south

1.30 - Trail intersection - FS 673 to west Rose

1.63 - Trail along ridge ends and loops to the north of Rosa - difficult to follow in snow conditions

2.00 Summit of Mount Rosa


Connection:  Trail 672 -  Nelson's Trail

Trail 672

Connection:  Trail 673 - up to Rosa

Rosa Trail 673



From Rosa ridge toward Almalgre

Almalgre from Rosa ridge 



Pikes Peak from Rosa Ridge

Pikes Peak from Rosa ridge 




Mt. Rosa from the ridge part way up

Mt Rosa from the ridge part way up 


Mt. Rosa Summit - note the wild flowers on top

Mt. Rosa Summit



360 degree views this to Rosemont Reservoir

Rosa to Rosemont Res 


 Pikes Peak from Rosa Summit

Rosa to Pikes Peak



Almalgre Peak from Mt. Rosa Summit

Almalgre from Rosa Summit  


Mt. Rosa summit toward Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs from the Rosa Summit 


Cheyenne Mountain from Rosa summit

Cheyenne Mountain from Rosa summit 



Rosa: From the summit toward the City


Rosa from summit 




my Links

Trail Guide -

 "Tracking Pike Across Colorado" by John Murphy planned book containing information about Mt. Rosa





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