4 Mile Overlook - Dome Rock State Wildlife Area 

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Located adjacent to Mueller State Park in Teller County, Dome Rock State Wildlife Area has some great hiking and horseback trails. And although most of the south end of the area is off limits from December 1 through July 15 to accommodate big-horn sheep breeding, there are plenty of other trails to enjoy. One of my favorite hikes is to the Four Mile Overlook. It's a long hike at 11 miles round trip, with a couple of miles of uphill hiking, but well worth it for the views. Due to it's length and difficulty, you'll want to be well prepared for this hike, and plan for it to take most of the day. As a side note, when I returned home from this hike, I found a few tiny Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks on me. I have hiked Dome Rock SWA many times and never encountered this, and I assume that they may be just starting to appear with the recent warm weather. But these ticks can spread Colorado Tick Fever. I suggest wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts and spraying yourself with a DEET-based insect repellent if you visit this area. (The mileages in the slideshow cations below are approximate, measured with a personal GPS.)
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The entrance to Dome Rock State Wildlife Area is 3-miles down Teller County Road 61 from State Highway 67.
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The access road splits, leading to two parking lots. For this hike, take the road to the right.
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After turning right, take the road to the parking lot next to 4 Mile Creek.
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Dome Rock SWA Rules and Map signs.
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Dome Rock SWA rules. Pay close attention to the seasonal closures impacting most of the south end of the area.
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Dome Rock map. The area with the hash marks is closed from December 1 to July 15 for bighorn sheep breeding. The 4 Mile Overlook hike skirts the north side of the closure, so it can be done year round. This is a much improved map from a previous version that was posted here.
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Interpretive signs adjacent to the parking lot and trail head.
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A bridge crossing Four Mile Creek at the beginning of the Dome Rock Trail. For the majority of the hike, keep the creek to your left.
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At .6 miles, cross Four Mile Creek. This is the only time this creek will be to your right.
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At .7-miles, cross back over the Creek. You can carefully cross on the large board wedged into the creek on the left side of the trail.
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At 1.4-miles the trail runs into what can best be described as a swamp. Keep right and follow the trail as it hugs the north side of the creek.
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View looking west along the Dome Rock Trail.
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At 1.6-miles, rock hop across this small side creek. The banks are usually muddy and slippery.
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The Dome Rock Trail passes many rock formations as it winds it's way west.
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At just under 2.25-miles the Dome Rock Trail meets an un-named trail that crosses the creek to the left. Stay right, keeping the creek to your left.
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At 2.5-miles on the Dome Rock Trail you'll find the ruins of the Jackrabbit Lodge and the start of the Cabin Creek Trail. Between December 1 and July 15, you cannot go further on the Dome Rock Trail.
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Turn right from the Dome Rock Trail onto the Cabin Creek Trail. This is the start of a steep, 1200' incline on a rutted, eroded trail.
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At approximately 3-miles the Homestead Trail intersects from the right. Continue straight ahead on the wider, Cabin Creek Trail.
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A couple of cabin ruins are on the left side of the trail. Continue past the old trail that runs behind them and intersects with the Cabin Creek Trail.
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Continue to the left of the Cabin Creek Pond and follow the trail around and past the pond.
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At 3.4-miles the Cabin Creek Trail swings to the left into a large meadow and starts uphill. The next 2.3-miles will be a mostly continuous uphill climb.
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At just under 4.2-miles the Cabin Creek Trail crosses the Four Mile Overlook Trail.
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Keep left on to the Four Mile Overlook Trail. The trail is actually an old Jeep road.
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At 5.65-miles the trail/road ends. Take the foot path to the left for a couple hundred feet and then scramble over some rocks to the overlook. Return back on the same trails. Total round-trip distance is approximately 11.25-miles.
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Pikes Peak, as viewed from the Four Mile Overlook.
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View looking east and down onto Four Mile Creek from the Overlook.
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A topo map of the this hike. The start/end point is on the right side of the map.
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The entrance to Dome Rock State Wildlife Area is 3-miles down Teller County Road 61 from State Highway 67.

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