Spruce Mountain Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Colorado Butte With a Beautiful View Just east of the Rampart Range section of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains the plains limestone buttes rise randomly across the plains. One of the largest of these rocky islands is Spruce Mountain, situated west of I-25 and north of the small town of Palmer Park, CO. Spruce Mtn. provides a delightful opportunity to enjoy views of Pikes Peak, Rampart Range, the Greenland Open Space, and the Palmer Divide. Douglas County has provided and excellent trailhead which includes a toilet. From the trailhead you can ascend to the top of the butte by a long shallow trail or by a short steep trail. The longer trail adds about a half mile to your hike. On the top of the butte is a shaded loop trail that allows for a tranquil walk among pine and fir groves. Punctuating the stillness, in the spring and summer, is a riot of wildflowers. The trail eventually takes you to Windy Point, where you can look over the edge at the valley 200 ft below, or look out to the south and marvel at Pike's Peak.
Very well-maintained and signed trail with long views of the Front Range from several points. No ice on the trail after so many 60+ degree days, just a couple of very short muddy/slushy areas. Trail was fairly busy on a Sunday afternoon but we were able to find parking around noon and most hikers were heading down at that point, so no bottlenecking. The fact that it's a loop is a huge plus, too!
Great views. Saw less than ten people on a weekday. Not difficult at all for this 60+ guy in only fair shape. The dog liked it, too.
A couple icy stretches, but not enough to put on the micro-spikes.
Easy switchbacks up and then a nice loop around the plateau. Not sure why it is called mountain.
Great winter hike with awesome views. Bring your spikes. There are icy spots.
Nice hike. Was a little bummed that I couldn't let the dog off leash. Some great viewpoints.
Good family day hike.
Great local afternoon hike, but with the increased parking there is increased usage. I go early to avoid the buses and crowds. The farther back into the space you go, the more wooded and peaceful (not to mention shady) it gets. The initial few miles have the showy views.
My friend and I did this today, and it was a great walk/hike for the afternoon.
Easy walk with nice views.
We hiked here with our five year old today and really enjoyed it! The only downside is there was a lot of horse poop on the trail and lots of hikers/runners/bikers out enjoying the beautiful weather. Definitely was a busy spot today!
Nice area that's easy to get to and offers lovely scenery