Hike Spruce Mountain

Hi Secular Hikers,

Weather permitting; there will be a hike on Sunday, June 1st on Spruce Mountain. This is a relatively easy 5 1/2 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of a few hundred feet. A portion the hike to the top of Spruce Mountain is of moderate steepness, but almost everyone should be able to do this hike. There is more information about this hike at http://www.douglas.co.us/dcoutdoors/trails/open-space-trails/spruce-mountain-trail/. Unfortunately, the address given for the trailhead is not correct and I do not have an address.

There is also additional information about this hike including a map and basic driving directions at http://www.douglas.co.us/openspace/spruce-mountain/.  However, there is no legal access to Spruce Mountain from South Perry Park Road/Highway 105, even though the Douglas County map shows the property extending to that road.

To get to the trailhead, head north on Interstate 25, take exit 163 to County Line Road, turn left, go west 2.6 miles, turn right onto Spruce Mountain Road immediately after you cross the railroad tracks. (The intersection can be challenging at times, so be careful and enter the intersection slowly.) Drive about 3 miles northeast on Spruce Mountain Road. The trailhead parking lot is located on the left or west side of Spruce Mountain Road. It is clearly marked with a large sign. This is the official trailhead parking lot. Unfortunately, the parking lot is not extremely large. You may want to carpool from a different location, such as the Safeway in Monument.  From Safeway, continue Northwest on 105, after 3.6 miles, continue onto Spruce Mountain Road (do not turn left onto 105 going north), drive 3 miles to the trailhead as described above.  If you want to carpool, you need to organize this among yourselves.

The hike will start at 9:00 AM.

Georgianne and I will not be able to attend this hike. It will be led by Gene Osegovic, phone number:  499-6631.

Please bring enough water and snacks for the hike.

Please let Gene know if you plan on attending the hike. If you change your mind, please let him know that also.

Rich [masked])

p.s. If this is your first hike with the Secular Hikers or if you have already given more than $0.50 per person per hike you attended or $10.00 within the last year, please ignore this message.

It costs me $72 twice a year to be a meetup organizer.  Would you please consider helping by sharing this expense?  If I receive about $0.50 per person (including guests) per hike or (to avoid a bunch of quarters) $1.00 per person about every other hike you attend, I would come out roughly even.

If I am unable to attend the hike, please give the hiking leader the money so he or she can pass it on to me.

Rich Breidenbach

Leader of the Secular Hikers

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  • Gene O.

    Everyone: In case you missed it, "The Gazette" posted a link to an article on OutThereColorado.com, which should be of interest to anyone hiking west or south of downtown Colorado Springs: http://outtherecolorado.com/lamborn-spotlighting-bear-creek-basin-trail-closures-in-upcoming-meeting/article/1520796. Quoting from the article: "In a May 16 notice, the Forest Service said it is considering reopening several trails in the [Bear Creek] basin to multiple uses and will also consider building a trail to Jones Park, home to aspen groves, premier hiking and biking, and a historic homestead."

    It appears the letters of complaint about the hiking trail closures, including a letter from the hiking leader for this group, may have changed some minds at the Forest Service.

    Gene Osegovic

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • Gene O.

    Greetings to all.

    Some of us were slowed by hundreds of bikers riding along County Line Road, so today's hike was delayed until 9:15 AM. Eight of us enjoyed the mild, partly cloudy, and somewhat breezy conditions. We did the mountain loop, covering five and half miles and finishing around 11:40 AM.

    Gene Osegovic

    June 1, 2014

    • Gene O.

      Photos have been uploaded to the Photos section.

      I'll upload the GPS data from my watch and give you the link, as soon as the MovesCount website is working. MovesCount customer support said the website has a problem and it won't be fixed until Monday or Tuesday.

      June 1, 2014

    • Gene O.

      MovesCount fixed its issue. Here are the main numbers from this hike:

      - distance: 4.75 miles
      - elevation change from trailhead to highest point: 476 feet
      - highest point: 7602 feet AMSL
      - average speed: 1.7 MPH

      Here are the data uploaded from my GPS watch: http://www.movescount...­. The website defaults to metric measurements. To see imperial numbers, create a free account on the website, then adjust your settings.

      Gene

      June 1, 2014

  • Sean

    Gene, you led a great hike! I'm sure you planned the beautiful weather. Here are my GPS tracks: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/511961035

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • terry

    i couldn't get to sleep last night so i killed the alarm
    sorry for not making it

    June 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I couldn't make it, I'll be there next time

    June 1, 2014

  • Finn

    I mixed up the dates and went jogging. Dopey me. Hope everyone had a great time.

    June 1, 2014

  • Sean

    I'm going to bring my dog unless there are objections. She's a friendly dog but a bit energetic (and she needs walks!) I'll meet you at the trailhead since I live close by.

    May 30, 2014

  • Gene O.

    Greetings. Here are some details about this hike:

    * We will gather in the trailhead parking lot for greetings, and so I can get a headcount and collect any hiking monies for Rich Breidenbach.

    * I'll lead the group along the trail and keep a pace where the slowest participant does not fall much behind.

    * Every so often, I'll briefly stop the group for a quick headcount.

    * IMPORTANT: Please let me know if you decide to turn back early or head out on your own. The trail is well-marked, so it would be no problem to find your way back to the trailhead and parking lot.

    * We'll take a water and snack break somewhere around the halfway point.

    * Recommended items:

    - Wide-brimmed hat
    - Sunscreen
    - Water
    - Fruit or other light snack food
    - Hiking stick or poles (optional; trail is reasonably smooth, with little scree)

    We'll probably finish the hike by 11 AM, depending on our pace.

    See you Sunday at 9 AM at the trailhead parking lot!

    Gene Osegovic
    cell:[masked]

    May 30, 2014

  • Doris D.

    Guess I'll pass on this one, but hope the rest of you enjoy it. See you next time in GoG, June 15.

    May 29, 2014

  • Finn

    I would estimate this as a two hour hike with a short break. BUT, the trail is so clear, you can turn back at any time to return to the parking lot.

    May 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you.

      May 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, this will be my first hike and I am working on having some others join in (if O.K. with everyone else). I was just wondering, reading about the cost per year, if it's cool to stick with paying $1 for each member and what precautions I should warn others about since I have not been on this trail before.

    Thank you,
    Steven J.

    May 26, 2014

    • Gene O.

      Steven, Rich Breidenbach told me he directly responded back to you.

      If you have further questions or concerns, please post them here or raise them when we meet at the trailhead. I've personally hiked Spruce Mountain several times and enjoyed it every time: the trailhead is easy to find; the trail is easy to follow and not very steep; and there are great views on top.

      Gene Osegovic

      May 27, 2014

    • Finn

      IMO, the only main danger would be if someone purposely went too close to the edge of the butte. But that would be a very deliberately foolish act.

      May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you please tell me more or less what time we will be back to our cars?

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I will be there this Sunday!

    May 28, 2014

  • Doris D.

    I'll go if somebody can give me a ride from Woodmen, but it's just too far to go on my own when I've got so many good hiking trails within 15 min. of my house. We'll see if anybody responds by Thur. when I'll be back from BV and can check my email again.

    May 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you live close to woodmen park-and-ride? I live off delmonico/rockrimmon nearby.

      1 · May 26, 2014

  • Gene O.

    Doris, I live in Monument, so the Woodmen park-n-ride would be out of the way for me for this hike.

    I'm open to carpooling from the Safeway parking lot in Monument off C105 if others are interested.

    Gene

    May 23, 2014

  • Doris D.

    Would anyone like to meet at the Woodman park n ride to carpool at 8:30?

    May 22, 2014

  • Daryl R.

    I will see you guys there

    May 21, 2014

  • Finn

    I will hike over from the other side and meet everyone at the entrance.

    May 21, 2014

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