Mount Morrison South Ridge Trail

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Mount Morrison South Ridge 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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1870 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no shade

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.

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7 days ago

Steep, quick hike. Good for a workout when you don’t have too much time in your day for a long hike.

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11 days ago

This hike has it all. Intense elevation gain, awesome views, differing terrain. Fun scramble last 200 feet or so. Pretty busy though, get there early

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22 days ago

Brought my puppy and we had a great time. She needed some help right near the top on the way up and back down, but I would bring her again. Loose rocks are a bit slippery and are very dangerous.

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23 days ago

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23 days ago

Definitely for experienced hikers no doubt. Lots of loose soil, and rocks which make it tricky on your way up, and down. Took my dog up with me, and she enjoyed it. Only big trouble was making my way down with her, make sure your dog is an experienced climber as well for this! You know your own dog. Whenever I need a short intense climb I will come here.

PS. Make sure you have good hiking shoes because once again tons of loose rocks and soil.

1 month ago

Great hike, it was very cold and windy near the top though and very challenging for dogs. There is a good portion near the summit that is straight up and rocky that I had to literally hoist my dog up (luckily she’s only 40lbs) and then had to lower her down by her harness on the way down. Would still definitely recommend for if you’re going without dogs or if your dog is larger and/or a very experienced climber. Also wear hiking boots/ all terrain shoes if you have them because the loose rocks on the trail can be slippery.

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1 month ago

Great half day hike. There was nice mix of terrain including a bit of scrambling at the top which kept things interesting. Was hiking with three teenagers and we made it up in less than 2 hours and down in less than one. Highly recommend this if you are pressed for time. The bonus was the chance to check out the Red Rocks Amphitheater before heading up the trail.

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1 month ago

Did this hike pretty early in the morning. Definitely is difficult on the way up but a great hike nonetheless and not crowded at all. If I did it again would do it at sunrise! Great workout so close to denver!

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