Mount Morrison East Face Trail

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Mount Morrison East Face Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Morrison, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.2 miles 1955 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

scramble

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.

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6 days ago

Hike to summit, very steep, slippery coming down

6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Good hike for a workout but not a fan of hikes with that much loose rock and views are average at best. Much better hikes in surrounding areas.

hiking
9 days ago

Intense incline towards the end and lots of loose rock but overall loved it!

hiking
11 days ago

13 days ago

Pretty fun hike super close to Denver with a decent incline! The final stretch has some fun climbing. Such a great work out in a short distance

13 days ago

Definitely a good workout

14 days ago

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hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful day allowed for great hike. Not very difficult except that it's a pretty steep climb and you get to do some technical maneuvers towards the top. I clocked 1.7 miles to the top.

15 days ago

15 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

The first 1/3 is quite steep, but I really enjoy the workout. Follow the power line... at one point, it sags onto the ground and you actually step over it! A little Class 3 scrambling near the summit...

21 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Good hike near the city. First half mile is tough.

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

Nice early spring hike with beautiful views. Multiple steep segments keeps your pulse rate up.

1 month ago

Spectacular trail. Great views from almost every angle. A lot of loose gravel to be on the alert for in certain areas. Lightly trafficked during the weekdays.