Turkey Trot Trail

MODERATE 290 reviews
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Turkey Trot Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Morrison, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
793 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

Turkey Trot Trail is 1.87 miles out and back, but the turn around point is a junction with Castle Trail which can be used to make it a loop. It is located near Morrison, Colorado and features views of Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and wildlife. It is a relatively easy hike and is exclusively use

23 days ago

Pretty easy trail close to Denver. Easy to follow and stay on. Quick loop that’s close to home. It was very slick and icy when I went the day after thanksgiving.

Hardpacked ice about halfway and the rest of the way up. Micro spikes and poles .

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike! I did the loop and finished in about 1 hour and 45 min. I am new to hiking, so I tend to take it nice and slow! The first .5 miles is pretty steep in parts and gets your heart pumping, but then gives in to a more gradual incline until the top. Once at the top you can choose to continue on the Castle Trail that loops you back to the parking lot. This trail is shared with mountain bikes, there weren't too many on it today and everyone was courteous with passing. The parking lot was full when I got done with my hike, so glad I got there early! Good trail for the pooches too!

hiking
1 month ago

very rocky, lots of ups and some droppffs. overall good trail and quite the workout!

1 month ago

Good short hike, great for dogs

2 months ago

Nice loop that will get your blood pumping. Not too strenuous though. Great views of red rocks

2 months ago

Pretty chill with good views and some nice terrain variations. Relaxed and quick trip outside Denver.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice inclined to get the blood
Pumping! Completed in just over an hour at a nice pace. Dogs loved it!

2 months ago

Very good trail for beginners, 2,5h while going really slow. Perfecr workout, nice views on red rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

We did the Turkey Trot loop.
Great way to get your heart pumping for us seniors who are starting out and we loved the views. Today was cloudy and cooler so it wasn't a bad day for the climb but the trail was very busy, probably due to the holiday.

trail running
3 months ago

Was there on 8-31-18, took Castle Trl up and Turkey Trot down. Great views, nice weather. I went early enough that I didn't need to bring water with me but I can see where if it were any hotter then it's needed. Saw lots of rabbits but no snakes as another post mentioned.

hiking
3 months ago

One my favorite trails in the Denver area, wife and I went today! It’s a workout but a great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Go early, this trail is exposed and gets very hot, too hot for dogs midday.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, nice views, but saw two rattlesnakes (7/17) on our way down Turkey Trot. One was quite big and one was a bit smaller. Just be super careful because they’re really hard to see if they’re just off the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike would do it again. Great addition to the rest of that area. Added over 5 miles to it and we were there about 5 hours.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great trail to take folks on who are visiting from out of town. Just enough elevation gain to feel like a hike, but not too long or intense. Especially great for kiddos and pups, since there are no bikes allowed on the Turkey Trot portion of the trail. The first 2/3 of the trail are not shaded so go early (or late) and be prepared for full sun. The last 1/3 is in the trees and lovely before the loop connects to Castle Trail. Be on the lookout for snakes in this area, we saw one bull snake on the way down Castle Trail. He was off to the side but very hard to spot until we were right up on him.

hiking
5 months ago

Really cool view with Denver in the background. Even though it’s a shorter distance trail, still works you a bit!

5 months ago

This is a fun hike with views of red rocks. There may or may not be rattlesnakes on the trail. We just saw one baby and went around it. It is a decent incline for the first half of the trail, so it does take a little bit of cardio to complete.

5 months ago

Watch out for rattle snakes! I saw one yesterday 6/23. It was about 4 feet long, was in the middle in the trail on the Castle Trail portion coming down.

nature trips
5 months ago

A decent hike with good views of Red Rocks and Denver.

hiking
5 months ago

the views were nice. excellent hike especially if you don't have an entire day to spend.

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly easy for a moderate trail but some very cool views along the way

Loved this trail - will def do it again! Saw a young buck. Great views of Red Rocks going up and Denver coming down! Most of the elevation gain is near the beginning of the trail within the first mile. Very enjoyable hike. Lots of traffic though - people, horses, and then bikers on the Castle Trail.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a great, short hike just far enough away from the city to get great views. My out of shape dog was able to handle this one nicely.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views. Easy hike with a lot of switchbacks

hiking
6 months ago

A little crowded, but not really that bad. Beautiful views. 5/28 two rattle snakes seen on the trail in separate areas, but they were babies. Surprising given the amount of traffic.

6 months ago

Good beginner

hiking
7 months ago

Nice and easy trail for a short hike day...flowers around and dry trail. Busy during the week ends, even nicer during the week days.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy and fun hike with beautiful views of Red Rocks. Not far outside of Denver, so it's easily accessible. However, the parking lot is small so it may fill up on weekends. Trail is rocky and muddy at times, but easily worth it. Highly recommended if you want a 1-2 hour hike.

7 months ago

Loved it!

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