Spruce Mountain Trail

MODERATE 382 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
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice, mostly-shaded hike from the parking lot up and around Spruce Mountain. Good views of the southern Rampart Range from the top. Pikes Peak and Almagre Mountain are partially visible from spots on the trail, as is a distant Mount Evans. Trail is easy enough that it doesn't really feel like 600' of vertical gain.

hiking
18 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Good trail for any level hiker! I’d definitely come back

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, even after a snow. Great views at the top. Took the 5 mile loop, fairly easy with one decent ascent. Saw lots of fresh mountain lion tracks, keep your little people and fur babies close!

hiking
2 months ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this trail. The map at the base and the signage are a little different. Map names each trail while signs name loops that aren't named on the map. Once I figured out what the signs were referencing I found this area to be quite nice. There are so many options from a short 1 mile jaunt to the top of the butte to watch the sunset or an eight mile loop. I did the 5 mile loop which offer some nice views and includes interesting rock formations. I will definitely come back in the summer for the wildflowers. For more details and pics: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/01/30/roadtrip-to-larkspur-hiking-in-spruce-mountain-open-space/

2 months ago

Loved this trail! There was snow on the ground but it made the hike and view much more gorgeous! I didn’t think it was too difficult, my friend and I took the Oak shortcut to Greenland overlook, Spruce Mountain trail and then down the mountain on Eagle Pass trail. We chose this route because it was an easy uphill/downhill, and had great views! I also think this is a great hike to take dogs on, we saw and got to pet a ton.

Great Views

hiking
3 months ago

Breathtaking!! New Year sunrise hike was spectacular. Would do this again!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, but pretty crowded. Once we went off to Eagles Pass and the further loop (connected to this trail), we were much happier. TH easy to get to.

hiking
4 months ago

Clean wide trail, easy to navigate, seen hikers, bikers, horseback riders and some wildlife. Good parking close to Monument. Will try with the mountain bike and maybe snowshoeing.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike. Decent views, not great. Light traffic. Great for the dogs. Well marked.

hiking
5 months ago

Relatively easy front range hike with a lollipop top loop and views of pike’s. Lots of tree coverage would make this great for trail running, even on a hot day. Didn’t see any horses on the trail on a wintry morning either. Lots of places to pull off to the side and take a break at a picnic table—making the trail best suited to families rather than hikers looking for a workout.

5 months ago

beautiful hike, close to Monument and Colorado Springs. beautiful scenery. The signs are not very clear and can be confusing until you have hiked the trails a fee times. but they all lead back to the trailhead eventually, so you'll figure it out.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike, great views. Well worth the climb. The parkinlg lot was pretty full by 1:00. Glad we got there at 10.

6 months ago

Easy trail with very nice views. It was not too crowded for a late Saturday morning. Good sized parking lot. Quite a bit of horse poo so watch where you step.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike starts off with about a mile long ascent and then levels out at the top of the Mesa where it loops for another 3 miles hugging the escarpment. Lots of wildlife along the way. Snakes, deer, raptors and all sorts of critters. Another one of my favorite local trails with views for many miles.

6 months ago

Great views, great for dogs, lots of fall leaves.

hiking
6 months ago

I would give this trail a medium only because of the distance, but it was very nice and had plenty of shade thanks to the Spruce and Pine trees. Once on the top, you get plenty of views of the south side of the mountain but not many of the north. Trail 360 on YouTube

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Easy with nice views

hiking
7 months 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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

Love mountain biking here!

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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!

hiking
8 months ago

Easy, well groomed trails. beautiful views.

hiking
8 months ago

A nice east trail for the family. Kids will love this place. trail at top is really wide making it a great trail to chat.

8 months ago

8 months ago

What a fun trail run! It really is a pretty manageable incline, with some fantastic views. I opted for a hike/run combo, and did the 5.5 mi in about an 1 hr 10 min. Great experience, and you don't run into too many people given that it's a loop.

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