Spruce Mountain Trail

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Spruce Mountain Open Space

Spruce Mountain Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily 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

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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
4 days ago

Gorgeous trail and so accessible. A few steps spots that I noticed more on the way down than on the way up. Got to the trail around 6:30 am and there were about six other cars there. Parking lot completely full when we got back at 8:30 and people were circling for spots. Good mix of sunny and shady spots. So green! It’s rated as moderate - I’d say it’s on the easier side of moderate.

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hiking
6 days ago

Nice trail, but a little crowded and no one was wearing masks. In fact, someone actually stopped us to tell us that we don’t need to wear masks

hiking
7 days ago

Soooooo much horse poo on tight trails. Disgusting.

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9 days ago

Did this trail today with my yorkie! Started through the cow pasture and cut back up to the loop. 6.5 miles total. Great weather and views for a Memorial Day hike!

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail! Nice and windy through the trees with spectacular lookout points.

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12 days ago

Spruce Meadow and Mountain Top loop. Beautiful day. Dog on a leash. Enjoyable hike with varied terrain.

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12 days ago

Nice wide path most of the way. Good for kids and dogs. Mix of tree cover and interesting rock exposure. Great hike close to Larkspur.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful sunset views this evening

17 days ago

Surprised how clean the trail was today . . . have been seeing a lot of bags of poop lately. we went all the way out and back, not too crowded for a Monday morning (9 am). Great views from windy point!

hiking
18 days ago

4th time doing this hike on Monday, May 18. Arrived around 8:20, only about 8 other cars there. Weather was cool (54) and windy. By the time we returned to the car, it was 84 degrees, and wind had long died down. Good thing there was lots of shade. Trails were very in very good shape. Missed seeing flowers, but am sure they'll be there in July and August. Views were spectacular, especially of Pikes Peak on the south side, but could also see Long's peak on the west side of the loop. Parking lot was fairly full by the time we got back. There were several bikers, early, but mostly hikers, especially on the return. Surprised that no one - bikers or hikers - had masks. We had ours, and only put them on as we approached others. P.S. Watch out for the horse poop! ;o)

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hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful hike. Started at 10am on a Sunday and the parking lot was packed. Definitely start earlier to get a spot!

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scramble
19 days ago

Nice trail, lots of people and limited parking

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20 days ago

Beautiful views from multiple spots on the trail. We have been doing this hike for years, my kids love this one too. Pretty easy, not steep, nice way to spend an afternoon. Trail is easy to follow, parking lot gets full, it’s pretty busy.

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26 days ago

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28 days ago

Nice little trail. Lots of sweet lookout spots. Good for a trail run

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29 days ago

Great trail with amazing look out spots. Trail is free of ice and snow, I think they are widening the trail so just be careful on the top loop there is a lot of dirt and debris being moved around. Started around 9am and already around 10 other cars in the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Today is May 4th - does anyone know if the snow and ice are gone from the Trail. I love this Trail without ice and snow

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Did the 5.5 loop. It is important to pay attention to the signs as there are several trails and routes. The views are spectacular. I would say this trail is medium difficulty. It’s definitely not easy but it’s not difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Kinda crowded on this warm Sunday afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail that was not too crowded early in the morning, but we went on a day that was cloudy and high in the 60s. Windy Point is definitely very windy though so would recommend layers if you're going early or on a cloudy day. Some spots where it's a little challenging to see where the trail leads but it's mostly well worn.

hiking
1 month ago

Brian, yes! It is totally free of snow and ice. I do this once a week. It has been snow and ice free for the last four or so weeks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great adventure today!! Had a nice little sprinkle on the way down.....left the air around me smelling so fresh and mountainous

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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Nice little hike. Super mellow. Ranch/tree views for the most part with a like little view at the “peak.” Some spots had ice, others melting snow/slush and mud but overall pretty good conditions! Would recommend spikes for the way down if you’re nervous about falling or have bad knees, otherwise you’ll be fine - only patches of it and we just slid down a few parts with no spikes.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great moderate trail! The views were breathtaking. I did Mountain Top Loop and it had great look out areas with benches to sit on. Lots of people. Parking lot was packed so I had to park on the street.

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