Spruce Mountain Trail

MODERATE 293 reviews

Spruce Mountain Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
731 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Colorado Butte With a Beautiful View Just east of the Rampart Range section of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains the plains limestone buttes rise randomly across the plains. One of the largest of these rocky islands is Spruce Mountain, situated west of I-25 and north of the small town of Palmer Park, CO. Spruce Mtn. provides a delightful opportunity to enjoy views of Pikes Peak, Rampart Range, the Greenland Open Space, and the Palmer Divide. Douglas County has provided and excellent trailhead which includes a toilet. From the trailhead you can ascend to the top of the butte by a long shallow trail or by a short steep trail. The longer trail adds about a half mile to your hike. On the top of the butte is a shaded loop trail that allows for a tranquil walk among pine and fir groves. Punctuating the stillness, in the spring and summer, is a riot of wildflowers. The trail eventually takes you to Windy Point, where you can look over the edge at the valley 200 ft below, or look out to the south and marvel at Pike's Peak.

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6 days ago

Wonderful easy to moderate hike. It's 5.5 miles round trip but at the top it's relatively flat as you walk around the mountain top. So beautiful.

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Steep incline for first mile. Full loop at top (2.5 miles) has amazing views.

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mountain biking
25 days ago

Love mountain biking here!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views, lots of elevation, shade, and many connecting trails if you want more distance like I did. It got pretty crowded as the day wore on, but I arrived early and was the second vehicle there at 7:30am. Once I hit the top via Eagle Pass Trail from the backside, I went from seeing only 2 cyclists to seeing hikers every minute or two going towards the top as I descended.

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1 month ago

Nice trail with good parking. I love how close it is to Colorado Springs. Great views from all of the overlooks. I would say the trail is more in the "easy" category, not moderate. There aren't really any steep parts of the trail but the biggest incline is the part that leads up to the loop at the top of the mountain. There are picnic trails lining the trail at the top of the mountain which are great for picnics!