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

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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3 days ago

whoa, steep. but beautiful throufhtout the entire hike.

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18 days ago

Great demanding hike, superb view at the top and at various points on the way up. Excellent wildflowers in places. The track is easy to spot. Steep for the first 1/4, then flattens out for the middle portion, and quite steep -- scrambling with three points on the rock -- for the last little bit after the rockslide. Only reason for docking one star is that there is very little shade and it was super hot -- our fault for starting late but would be a problem if it had been any hotter. Also AllTrails directions to the trailhead didn't load properly on Google which misdirected us -- the real trailhead is at Entrance 4 to Red Rocks, where there is parking for about 8 cars only.

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18 days ago

It was a challenging hike, it took me about 4 hours to get to the radio towers and back down. The trail is not clearly marked near the top, so be careful.

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1 month ago

I'd say this was as hard as Manitou Incline but longer and much rough trail. No shades for a while. Breathtaking view but bug spray and hat are must items to take with you. This entrance is bit tricky, park at Red Rocks park entrance 4 where the gate is closed. Pass the gate and the trail starts on your left side. Easy to miss though!

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1 month 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.