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
1955 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

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. 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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12 days ago

Awesome hike, and not too crowded!

The first third of the hike is just a straight attack right up to the first ridge, then it levels out for the second third, and the final third gets steep again and has a little light scrambling. Never more difficult than Class 2, and only gets that difficult for short 10-20 foot stretches.

Did this on a cloudy day, but I imagine the views from the top are amazing.

One of my favorite local hikes thus far. Going to have to add it to the regular 14er training rotation.

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16 days ago

Super fun trail. Quite steep at the bottom and top. Would recommend bringing poles if you have them!

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23 days ago

Personally first hill is my favorite part of the trail.

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24 days ago

Good trail. Steep challenge and scrambling near the top. Trekking poles wise for downhill return. Watch for rattlesnakes. Not an easy hike but experienced hikers will enjoy. Recommended.

28 days ago

Fun hike. Dog couldn't make it up the last ridge though, a little bit of scrambling to the top.

29 days ago

Fuck me.
This is a hard trail.

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1 month ago

Awesome little trail that's really close to Denver. We found some class 3 scrambling near the top and really enjoyed it.

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1 month ago

Peaceful, scenic, accessible from 70 & 93, plenty of parking.