Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Larkspur with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

excellent views. quiet and easy trail in most places.

Really beautiful hike! I just moved here so the elevation is something still I'm working to get used to, but it was still a fun, beautiful hike! I definitely will be going back! There were plenty of mothers with their kiddos either hiking with them, on their back, or in strollers.

The photos of this hike to not do it justice in my opinion! It is absolutely beautiful. We saw horses, deer and turkeys. Definitely a hidden gem of a town/trail we were glad to discover!

Great hike for the family! It was gradually inclining nothing really hard but just enough. Great views points all the way around! Lots of horses today which was fun to see!

Very nice hike, lots of beautiful scenery to take in! One minute you're walking in an open field, then the next you're surrounded by trees. Very peaceful. There were alot of horses to share the trail with, but the riders were very respectful to us, slowing down so not as must dust/dirt blew up by us. I would definetly recommend this trail to anyone looking for a relatively easy hike.

Loved it! Beautiful, varied terrain. We even saw a coyote! Trail sign indicates 5 miles, my gps said 6, so I’m going with 5 1/2.

Nice and quiet walk. Low elevation gain and my pup enjoyed the creek by the picnic area. Exposed in most areas so wear a hat.

Nice trail. No real challenges. It was a bit dusty/sandy with portions of the trail feeling like you’re walking on a beach. Pretty views and nice tree shade for about 3/4 of it.

This is a perfect hike for a calm sunny day! The parking lot is huge, the trail is easy to follow, and there are no really steep spots. The view at the top is amazing. You can see Pikes Peak and the whole front range. Good for trail running too!

1 month 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.

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Did this trail a week ago for the first time and enjoyed it. Very relaxing and scenic

1 month ago

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

A pretty nice walk through meadows and forest. No snow or mud. Just sandy trails. A great way to wear out the pups!

2 months 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!

Great trails, nice views. Good balance of hills and flats, woodlands and Meadows. Saw a couple elk and few deer. Very few people for a Saturday afternoon.

3 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/

3 months ago

Great hike. Lots of scrub oak and cool rocks. Came back via the meadow behind the ranch house, down by the picnic tables. Lots of big cotton woods. Will do this one again in the spring when everything greens up. Saw a group of six horses on a trail ride. Not many people. Trail was muddy in spots and saw a really big critter's foot print. Not sure what it was but the dog sniffed the trail like we were on a search and rescue training course so there must have been something interesting up there.

Quick 4.5 miles. Cute tire swing and creek near trail. Only one other car in the parking lot on a Friday afternoon.

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.

A great little hike to get your blood pumping. Trails are still snow packed and muddy in exposed areas. Nothing too bad anywhere. Several areas to stop and enjoy a sandwich or granola bar with a view.

Dog owners seemed relaxed; responsibly leashing dogs when near other folks.

Great Views

Easy walking trail and enjoyed it more than I expected. River access on east side and water was clean. I suggest starting with the Lincoln loop on west then head east to finish with this loop. Total is 8.4 miles.

3 stars for hiking, maybe 5 for horseback. It is a very nice trail, just not appropriate for hiking. Best for Horseback, trail running, or taking the kids for a stroll. Very crowded

4 months ago

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

Nice rambling walk more than a hike. Pretty views to the south. Clearly a horse trail! Easy 4+ Miles

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.

5 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.

A solid trail. Beautiful vistas of the valley. The willow picnic area is breathtaking - I can only imagine how it must feel during the summer.

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