Who: Sammy and myself
Length: about 10 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
Weather: 40-55 degrees, sunny
Cookstove Mountain is in South Cheyenne Canyon between Mount Rosa and Cheyenne Mountain. From the city, it looks like it might be just a crag on the East slope of Mt. Rosa, but it is a separate peak. The valley between Rosa and Cookstove is Buffalo Canyon.
We took the trail to St. Mary’s Falls, and kept going as if we were hiking up to Mt. Rosa. There is a small trail that turns off of the main trail, and goes down a few dozen feet to the creek, a campsite and a ruined log cabin. From the cabin up, I could no longer find an actual trail, even though my Pikes Peak Atlas has a trail marked. The route was not very difficult to find, although there are steep drop-offs to avoid near the summit.
I felt some weird vibes–difficult to describe–while on the summit. Maybe it was just nervousness from being near the cliffs. I have also seen this mountain called Stove Mountain. I wonder how it got its name?
This hike followed the BLUE line, then the short PURPLE line, and back:
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