Almagre Mountain is the second highest peak, after Pikes Peak, when viewed from Colorado Springs. Located in the Pike National Forest just south of Pikes Peak, this hike is rated easy, but getting there can be a challenge. In order to drive to the closed gate on FSR379A you will need a high clearance 4X4 as of this writing. The reward is views from the summit area that are the best around, with exceptional views of Pikes Peak.
Trailhead: Gate on FS379A
Round trip: 2.5 miles / 4 km
Elevation: 11,815′ -12,360′ (545′)/ 3,601m-3,767m (166m)
From Old Stage Road, turn onto Forest Service Road 379, which goes to Frosty’s Park. You should have a high clearance vehicle to proceed the last 1.5 miles up the road to Frosty’s Park as of this writing. FSR 379A will be to the right further up and immediately begins climbing more steeply than FSR 379. If you do not have a 4X4 high clearance vehicle you will want to park at the intersection.
This is the only mountain visible from Colorado Springs that is above tree-line besides Pikes Peak.
Rampart Search and Rescue operates a GMRS radio repeater that covers 45% of Colorado. This complex is part of the Metro Emergency Radio System (MERS) and is the highest repeater in the US.
Almagre Mountain summit on Google Earth