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Great trail for a mid week hike, lots of friendly and considerate fellow folks.

Don't take this hike lightly. It's fairly steep and there's very little level terrain all the way to the top. The most difficult portion of the hike wasn't the brief scramble just before the summit, it was the descent back to the trailhead. Going up you won't notice the loose rocks and slick, sandy soil as much as you will coming down. Bring good shoes/boots with plenty of traction, and consider using trekking poles. Rattlesnakes are present in this area so be aware of them. There's almost no shade along the trail so plan accordingly if attempting this hike during the dead of summer. Wish I had something to say about the views, but it was foggy when we went so there wasn't much to see.

This is a favorite hike for after work, as it's close to town and is just the right length to finish before the sun goes down. Not too hard and never very busy. We had the treat of seeing some elk here last time we hiked.

Fun hike with good rock scrambling! On the way up you can see the other mountains you’ll eventually cross to which is always a treat and at several points you’ll see the actual Red Rock Amphitheater. Near the very end there’s a nice bit of rock scrambling that you can, if you are so inclined, make even better by straying a bit off the clearly defined trail and making your way up.
The way down is easy peasy and if you lose the way you can always see where you’re going and can simply cut right across the mountains to make your way down.
Parking: the gate next to the trail was closed, but if you go into the park from another entrance there’s a parking lot not too far up the other side of it. Free, of course.
A nice way to spend two or three hours that you could extend by doing some of the minor trails in Red Rock Park. Will probably go do it again. Morrison is on the upper end limits of what I’d take an adventurous visiting friend on with prior experience due to mountain sickness.

steep, difficult, and rock climbing at the top great views fun challenging trail

This is an excellent, short hike especially if you are conditioning for more challenging hikes. Great work out! Short and sweet!

Great hike, but a couple things: 1) the trailhead is closest to entrance 4 of the park, go through the gate then the trailhead is to your left (sign showing no bikes or horses) 2) there is maybe 4 shaded spots under trees on the whole trail, keep that in mind as we go into summer 3) I brought my trekking poles and was glad I did 4) BOLO rattlesnakes! 5) really don’t underestimate this hike!

Day was perfect with clouds and no mud. Always a great hike when you need some quick elevation in a short time. Met a weiner dog named Stephan (who had no reason to be on the trail) and watched him tumble his hot dog body down a 4 ft tiny slope. Once I realize the weiner was not injured, I enjoyed a laugh, patted him on his dusty head and continued down. Remember to bring poles if you are like me and have the balance of a giraffe on ice skates.

My favorite after work hike.

Very steep, slippery, and rocky hike. Pretty great views but not really much better than what you’d see from other hikes in the area. Took a lot longer than expected, but I’m not very sure-footed. A few spots that require scrambling a bit. Poles are very helpful!!

Great short hike, nice and challenging. I hustled but was able to make it up in an hour and back down in 25 with a short stop at the top. The scrambles are fairly short but fun.

It's just a really long walking path. Might as well be walking up sidewalk on a slight incline. Would be really cool for mountain biking or running. Not hiking worthy. Cool views, but nothing compared to what Colorado has to offer

In the area visiting, so great hike for so area views. Clean trails, lots of people.

Steep, and involved.

28 days ago

Great hike for my daughter and I.

I loved this hike because it was a great workout with quick elevation gain. I also loved the scramble at the top. It’s not a heavy traffic trail which is always a bonus. Gorgeous views all the way up. I agree with other reviews about not doing this trail when there is moisture due to steep incline with a lot of loose rock and it can be slippery. The trail is closest to entrance 4 of red rocks and not clearly marked but I finally found it :) will be doing this one often.

on Red Rocks Trail

1 month ago


Such a workout !!! If doing in summer bring a hat, there is limited shade here. Steep and slippery incline at the beginning of the trail with about 2 false views. Once past that then it’s moderate hiking until you reach the scramble. Get on all fours and finish to the top ! Be careful going down..... that was the worst part for all of us.

1 month ago

Trekking Poles , next time for sure !

1 month ago

Great hike close to Denver. The dinosaur history was great!

Nice that it’s so close to Denver yet you can experience some good elevation—it’s a workout for sure. The trail gets quite rocky near the top and requires some scrambling but the views are fantastic!

Great hike for a workout. The first 1/3 is pretty steep. It is not as bad after that, but still uphill. Would be a great trail to train on. Really nice views as well.

1 month ago

Really nice foothill hike with decent views. I went on a Wednesday around 4pm and there were only two spots left in the parking lot. Quite a few mountain bikers, but they were all very courteous. The views on Morrison Slide trail were pretty awesome. The trail was completely dry, with the exception of a couple of small areas, which were not a big deal at all. There is very little tree cover on this trail, so prepare for that. I’m not sure I would want to do this trail in the summer for that reason. Also, I figure this is a prime location for rattle snakes when it does get hot, so I’m glad I got it out of the way when I did. All in all, it was a good hike and would be a great starter hike to bring lowland visitors as they adjust to the altitude.

Awesome elevation training right by town!!!

1 month ago

This was good trail for my 12 yr old Jack Russell. Enough to wear her out and challenge her. Once at top you can choose to go further. Not too many hikers, runners and bikers.

I really enjoyed this trail for what it was. Short, intense, close to the city, and gorgeous views at the top. Brought my dog not knowing how steep it was. There was only one part where he was like, “You want me to do what?” But after seeing me climb it he got braver and managed to scramble up. Better climber than I though he was.

Great hike if you're looking for quick elevation and red rock terrain, which makes for great running. Also awesome views along the way. Not for the faint of heart, you will be working hard on the up, and still a decent leg burner down.

Fun hike! Was defiantly more challenging than we had originally thought. Started at 10:15 and finished around 1:45 (3/25/18).

Did this bad boy today for a quick workout hike in the morning. This definitely is a work out! You are basically going up the entire time except for one part in the middle. The rock scramble at the top is awesome, nothing too hard and it's fun and keeps you focused. Had the summit all too myself where I was able to explore and have some great views of the Continental Divide. Definitely recommend this hike for building up endurance or just working out instead of going to the gym. :)

Happy hiking!

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