Turkey Trot Trail

MODERATE 267 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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

Beautiful views. Easy hike with a lot of switchbacks

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

Good beginner

hiking
3 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
3 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.

3 months ago

Loved it!

4 months ago

great hike. Saw some deer. Cool ruins. Hikers, horses and mountain bikes

hiking
4 months ago

Great easy hike for my friend, myself and our two dogs!

hiking
5 months ago

First time hiking a moderate trail. I arrived about 8:30am on a Saturday when I left around 10:15am the parking lot was full and people where parking along the road.

I am still a new hiker so I had to stop multiple times up the incline and was passed by a few people 10-15 years older than me haha .. but it's a fun challenging hike .. I even saw a few deer..

hiking
5 months ago

Popular trail! Mountain bikes are welcome on the Castle Trail portion. Still muddy in some parts but no traction devices needed. Dynamic views of city/mountainside. Nice for a quick hike or trail run.
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hiking
5 months ago

Icy and muddy still in some parts but overall good views!

hiking
5 months ago

Iced in spots this time of year. I could have used spikes through one part. Parking is a premium. Good trail, good view of Denver, lots of hikers to say hi to.

hiking
6 months ago

Decent hike during the winter. Drainage could be better as I was hiking on a lot of snow/mud. I suggest starting off with the Turkey Trot Trail...actually avoid the lower half of castle trail altogether...I'd just go back down Turkey Trail if you make it back at the merger. The lower half of Castle Trail that can be avoided by taking Turkey Trail and it is extremely muddy (I'm still finding a ton of sand on my dog's fur) and you have lots of less visible areas/turns if bikers come crashing through.

I kept going after it merged up with castle trail again and ended up at two dog trail and summer white house site. I'd say if you are going to choose go with Summer White House as the skyline view from two dog trail was ok.

I'm just glad construction really never started on the summer white house as Colorado would be even more crowed and that POS drump might actually come to Colorado and does the President really need a castle?

hiking
7 months ago

Nice alternate to the Castle Trail.

7 months ago

Nice trail with great view of red rocks from a distance! Took about an hour thirty moving at a mild pace with 4 to 5 short stops.

hiking
7 months ago

Thanksgiving day hike at Turkey Trot Trail was fun! Short hike/trail run, despite of a lot of people, no parking (street parking available). Nice 68 degrees weather, totally enjoyed it!

hiking
8 months ago

Good hike with moderate incline. Great view of Red Rocks and downtown Denver. No shade coverage so would be killer hot in the summer. Very popular trail, and there were numerous people and bikers even on a Tuesday.

8 months ago

Great views, Don’t bring your stroller trails extremely rocky .

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