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Spruce Canyon Trail

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Spruce Canyon Trail ist ein 3.1 Meilen langer, wenig besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Mesa-Verde-Nationalpark, Colorado. Er führt vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist das ganze Jahr über zugänglich.

Entfernung: 3.1 miles Höhenunterschied: 675 feet Routentyp: Hin & zurück

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The Spruce Canyon trail is located on the Chapin Mesa within Mesa Verde National Park. The trail descends Spruce Tree Canyon to Spruce Canyon where it follows the seasonal stream up the canyon for almost 3/4 of a mile before climbing a side canyon back up to the top of the mesa.

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8 months ago

Fantastically iconic National Park Trail. Only 2.5 miles long but a strenuous up and down. Lots of oak, juniper and, of course, big spruce. Despite the throngs of people in the parking lot, I didn’t encounter anyone else on the trail. Wildflowers and birds were abundant.

8 months ago

Pretty trail. Very few other people on it. I found it quite cool and shaded this time of year.

Sun Oct 28 2018

I did not like this hike at all. Maybe it was the time of year? All the trees were dry, there were a ton of bugs, and the view was not great and either was the scenery. It was a good workout, but I was able to finish in a little over an hour. Go go go to lookout point!

wandern
Sat May 26 2018

Hike was really nice. My wife & I took our three year old with us. We went out late afternoon where it wasn't too hot. Nice views on the walk down, but a little challenging walking back up. Not that crowded around this time.

Wed Apr 25 2018

the trailhead is difficult to locate. it is further past the picnic area than the map indicates and is poorly signed up top. a wonderful, cool canyon hike though!

wandern
Wed Apr 25 2018

A pleasant walk and not so many people.

Sun Nov 05 2017

Took about an hour and 10 minutes. Was nice to see a different aspect of the park on this trail.

wandern
Mon Aug 07 2017

Little used trail that descends into a canyon, then climbs out. Can be done as a clockwise or counter clockwise loop. Total distance would be approximately three miles if start and finish are in the same place. My route started near the "Spruce Tree House" (this is the only ruin visible and is not far from the museum close to the rim; there are no ruins inside the canyon) and ended in a parking lot near the museum and was about 2.75 miles. Don't be deceived by the relatively short distance. This is not necessarily an "easy" hike, though many have characterized it as such. Total elevation gain was 602' and the climb out had a gain of 465' over 1.20 miles which is a 7.3% grade, not really difficult. However, the top section of .43 mile had 281' gain which is 12.4%. That's getting up there. And there are short steeper sections within this. You will struggle if you are not prepared for this climb. Strava rates the overall climb of 1.2 miles as a Category 4 climb, the easiest of four climb ratings, but be advised, there is really nothing easy about it. The descent that I made had a 9.3% grade over .83 mile and the trail was more smooth so it may be easier to do this in the other direction, i.e. counter clockwise. All that being said, this is a pleasant, picturesque little canyon with little traffic; I saw only eight hikers. It's shady at the bottom of the canyon but the climb out is in full sun in the afternoon. There is a stream bed in the canyon but the steam is seasonal; there is no water in early August. The only wildlife I saw were lizards and there was no sign of deer or coyotes. Elevation is about 6500' at the bottom of the canyon and about 7000' along the top so it is helpful to be acclimatized to this already. As with any hikes in such areas go prepared with water, some trail food and good hiking boots.

wandern
Wed Apr 26 2017

My wife and I did this trail April 19, 2017. It was very peaceful and desolate, and it was a little hot at the bottom of the canyon. The decent was very scenic, and the ascent was a little steep at times. The walk back to the car at the top of the trail was a little longer than we anticipated. We would rate this hike as easy.

Fri Jul 01 2016

One of the most scenic trails I have done. Starts with a decent down into the canyon and then you walk through the bottom before going back up. Trail was very well taken care of of course. it was actually raining and cloudy when we went but it was all still open. The only downfall to this trail is that once you hike back up the canyon, about half a mile of the "trail" is really just walking along the road to the museum. It only took us just over an hour and we stopped a couple times for pics. I definitely recommend it as a moderate, fun, quick hike to see a great area of the park.

wandern
Sat Mar 19 2016

I went on March 19th, 2016. The reviews said open all year, but the south half was closed for winter, so no loop. But it was a decent trail down to the bottom, and quite a good climb back out. It was just right to get the hiking blood flowing again after a sedentary winter.

wandern
Thu May 21 2015

Fun hike, great views of Spruce Canyon.

wandern
Sun Mar 22 2015

This was the first time here and was absolutely amazing to see the villages and history. Very easy hikes to this site and anyone can do it. Paved walkway down to the living area with great photo opportunities. Enjoy and take lots of pictures.

Mon Feb 16 2015

Amazing!

Mon Aug 25 2014

If you're a beginner, like I am, this trail is difficult. Make sure to bring enough water. Absolutely gorgeous hike.

Mon Mar 17 2014

It's open year round so is busy in the cold months. Good cross section of structures and nice museum nearby.

wandern
Tue Dec 18 2012

The Spruce Canyon Trail is one of two 2 hour loop hikes accessible from the Chapin Mesa museum area of Mesa Verde National Park. It is a quiet, meditative type hike since the trail is not heavily used, even during the peak summer months. This trail features a completely different ecosystem than the rest of the Park. As you descend into the canyon the trees change from small Pinyon Pines and Junipers to towering Douglas Firs. It is not uncommon to see standing water in the creek beds and various birds and small mammals. Be prepared to exercise. The trail is moderate to strenuous as you descend several hundred feet into the canyon and then climb back out. With that said it's an enjoyable 2 hour experience. You will exit close to the museum area where you started.

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