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Mount Morrison South Ridge Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Morrison, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 1,873 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Muddy

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Scramble

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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. You will need to use your hands to pull yourself up. You will soon be at the summit with great views of Denver and the Divide to the west.

Park by the closed gate (NOT ON THE ROAD) There is not bathrooms and parking is limited to about 8 cars if they all park nicely

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wendy linny
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Got to the trailhead at 4am to do a sunrise hike. This was my first time hiking this and it was very scary in the dark. Once the sun came up it was much better but the air was nice and breezy early in the morning. This was definitely an intense and technical hike. But well worth it! I just wouldn't reccomend doing it in the dark like I did.

Shaunese Zenon
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No shadeRockyScramble

Very nice hike. Rocky but not too bad, I wouldnt label as 'Hard' moreso, technical. took my hiking poles with good traction and ankle protection boots. Ascended in less than 30mins with an even quicker descend. overall time was about 45mins total, not bad!!! Try to make it for sunrise, the 360 views are great.

Lori Abramowitz
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HikingRockyScramble

Super steep. Like no joke. The first half mile is very steep and loose gravel/dirt. There is a steep part the last mile or so that is very rocky and you have to scramble a bit. We also did this as a sunset hike and got started slightly late and ended up missing sunset colors at the top but saw them as we hiked up, and it was dark on the way down, so very buggy and scary with headlamps. But beautiful views in the light of the mountains and of red rocks and the city, if you want to brave the short but very steep hike! Also dusty!

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Brett Drevlow
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

I feel like the trail has deteriorated a bit in the last few months. There’s a bit more loose soil than the last time I went up back in April. Nevertheless a great hike. Hour and a half up, about 40 minutes down.

Mindy P
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HikingMuddyNo shade

Very steep. Parking can be tricky and I’d recommend coming early. Very steep for most of the hike, at times used hands to crawl up rocks. Great for a nearby-Denver- hike to really challenge you.

Mateo Telles
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Kalli Kirshman
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Very challenging uphill trail with no shade. Bring plenty of water and start early to avoid heat exhaustion. Going down can be tricky as well as it’s extremely steep.

Stefanie Bair
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No shadeRockyScramble

an absolute beast. majorly steep, rocky and unrelenting- wear proper footwear, bring plenty of water and most importantly, start early. I set off at about 9:15 and was forced to turn back within a half mile of the top due to showing signs of heat exhaustion. there's no shade to be found anywhere and the sun is punishing, but man was it a good workout. definitely will come back and try again with an earlier start!

Lauren Van Roekel
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Great view from the top, definitely a tough climb. The last 1/4 mile is very rocky and you may do a little rock crawling depending on your route. Full sun exposure and limited shade so wear your sunscreen, bring plenty of water and if you choose to take your dog please start before it's too hot.

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Alex Rojo Galeana
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Hiking

Fun trail that's awesome practice for 14ers. The small class 2 scramble at the top is cool, just wish it was it was longer.

Reza Behbakht
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Hiking

Great difficult trail run! Did it in 1:15

Aaron Liu
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike, if you are looking for an uphill challenge. The last 1/4 mile is pretty much rock scrambling and can be a little sketchy on the way down, being exposed to the edge. Overall and enjoyable hike with some great views at the top. Took me just under 2 hrs to complete.

Julia Mills
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