Mount Morrison East Face Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Morrison, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Mount Morrison is one of the most prominent peaks of Denver's Front Range and the metro area. It is located right behind Red Rocks Amphitheater. The route is very simple just follow the path up to the left after the closed gate. however don't let the low elevation and simple access fool you this is not an easy hike. The 1st mile of the hike follow a power line up the ridge you will switch back a minor amount but for the most part you go straight up. The trail is very loose soil and will be slick. When wet this section of the trail turns into a mud slide (could be fun and painful at the same time). After the initial up section you will get a break followed by another short climb up more loose soil. The next half mile is easy walking with great views, this would be a good time to check the weather and make sure you have time for another hour of hiking. Once you get to the final ridge the hike turns into a class 2 maybe low class 3 scramble. I say class 3 because you will need to use your hands to pull yourself up. The exposer is minor and a fall would just hurt a lot however when wet the section would not be fun. You will soon be at the summit with great views of Denver and the Divide to the west.
This was an awesome hike and great one to train for 14ers on. Almost entirely incline and roughly 2,000 ft of elevation gain. When you turn onto Titans road the trailhead is pretty much within the first 50yds on the left. NOTE, Mt Morrison is the one with the red and white antenna sticking up. Failure to notice this may result in being tricked my the handful of false summits. The final summit is definitely class 3 and requires some scrambling. I basically summited in 65 min from trailhead. At the last leg, i couldnt finish as I had my daughter on my back and didn't want to risk a fall.
This is a challenging trail that really has very few level areas. The power line part of the trail has loose rock that creates a challenge mostly on the way down. Minor bouldering at the summit with great views the whole way. It took me 2.3 hours which included stops for pictures and water. It is hard, but easy to follow. The app was great!
Great hike, a little challenging due to steepness. fun little scramble at top.
Trailhead was easy to find with this app.
Started @ 9:30, a little late considering the 90+ degree temps on July 9th. A pretty tough little hike, but great views of the great state of Colorado in all directions. Recommend ski poles, it's pretty steep, they save your knees a bit on the descent.
Note the elevation increased relative to the distance – there are two fairly steep legs to this trail. The entrance to the trail is not marked, but if you pull into the Titans Road (entrance 4) for red rocks, just beyond the main gate you will see a trail to your left with a single sign indicating no bikes or horses - that's the entrance. The "outdoorsy" feeling of the initial leg is marred somewhat by the fact that the trail runs parallel to a string of powerlines and there can be a fair amount of road noise, but the second leg up makes up for it. Not a lots of shade on this trail, so bring water. Not my favorite trail, but a good workout.
Do not ever waste a second of your time trying to do this trail. It simply does not exist. My good friends looked for the trail for two hour to avail. We were directed up by red rocks only to be rudely turned away by by a concert worker. We took many other routes to try to get there and couldn't find it. 0 stars. Terrible. Peace and blessing tho.
And be sure to wear proper footwear. It does make a big difference. And water your gonna want water .peace
For being so close to home this is a pretty good place to stay in shape and get your hands on some rock!! Nice incline for a good part of the was no scrambling unless you go off trail but its steep. I looked on my may on this app and if you look where you are on the map once you summited you can see a trail on the map about a half mile down the mtn facing redrocks. it goes all the way up. Its a good loop that drops you out at the cave drive through in red rocks. was fun.
Very exposed to the sun, so if you or your dog overheat plan this trail on a cool day. Very pretty views. Challenging incline. Had to toss a rattle snake off the trail.
Good views, fun at the top watching foot placement. Wasn't as hard as I was expecting given other comments, which was relieving. It rained earlier this week, but no signs of mud or rock slides.
Definitely see this hike being for either the spring or fall before the temperature gets too hot. Great hike, fairly steep the whole way. If you are looking for complete isolation from the manmade world avoid this hike. There are powerlines running up part of the trail, as well as buildings and cement at the top. Don't let this detour you, It is still awesome at the top.
It starts steep, it plateaus, then it gets steeper. The initial climb can be intimidating, it just goes straight up. Trail is only 3 miles round trip, but expect a 3 hour hike. Great views of the city and the hogback from the east face, amazing views of the front range from the summit.
I got to test out my rain gear and a night descent with my head lamp, which was fun. It was a challenge, but a family with 4 little girls summitted right before me.
Nice views of red rocks but steep and crumbling rock under your feet, not very pleasant on the way down, a lot of potential to fall.
It was most challenging toward the summit for me. Was not in proper shape for this hike, but it was still doable. The views are worth it for sure, though.
Very close to Denver.
Challenging in spots but definitely what I was looking for.
Had my some on my back in his Osprey and managed it just fine.
This trail was difficult, in a good way. It provides a nice challenge that many other front range parks do not. I completed the trail the end of January on a warm sunny day. My GPS registered about 3.3 round trip with 1990' vertical gain.
I would recommend this trail to anyone who is active and looking for something to push themselves. It seems like a great place to train for longer distance trail races that have lots of elevation gain. From the top of Mt. Morrison you get views of Evans and Pikes. You can probably see Longs too, but she was hiding in the clouds today.
I'm giving this a four star because this is only my 2nd hike and I think there might be some harder hikes there, but this gives a good burn. Unlike many of the other post, I thought the views were pretty good. I had a really good time! This was about a 2.5 hour hike.