Explore the most popular forest 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.

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 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.

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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

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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/

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.

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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

hiking
4 months ago

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

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
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.

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6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

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
6 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.

Nice walk. Fair amount of horses, bikes and dogs. Everyone was pleasant. Bring lots of water for the dogs. They can get pretty thirsty. Temps were in the low 70s with lots of sunshine. Great hike for someone just getting back into hiking or just getting started.

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
7 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.

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

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