Spruce Mountain Trailhead

  • March 14, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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The Spruce Mountain Trail gently switchbacks up Spruce Mountain through a ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest up to fabulous rocky overlooks and a loop around the fairly-flat, forested mountaintop. The first lookout offers breathtaking views of Greenland Open Space, surrounding buttes, Pikes Peak, the Palmer Divide, Carpenter Creek and thousands of acres of protected open space. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash.  Fines have been known to be given here for not complying!

Check out the map http://www.douglas.co.us/dcoutdoors/documents/spruce-mountain-open-space-trail.pdf

We will hike somewhere between 5 and 7 miles depending on what the group decides.  It is about 5.5 miles of easy to moderate trail from the Spruce Mountain Road parking lot, around the Upper Loop, and a roundtrip back.  Optional - We could add on another couple of miles to include the meadows and beautifully forested Eagle Ridge on the west side of Eagle Pass Trail and the Service Road, if we decide too - making it 7.5 roundtrip.

Direction to Trailhead: From I-25, take the Greenland Exit (167) to the west and travel ¼ mile west on Greenland Road and ½ mile south. Bypass the Greenland Trailhead and continue right on the main gravel road (Noe Road) over two sets of railroad tracks. Continue another mile west to Spruce Mountain Road. Take a left and head south for about one mile to the parking area on your right. Or take the Larkspur Exit and travel about six miles south along Spruce Mountain Road and the entrance will be on your right.

Carpooling: Arrange your own carpools from your area allowing enough time to meet at the trailhead by 10am.

Optional Lunch after the hike at a nearby restaurant.  Keith F has chosen Rockyard Brewery - 880 Castleton Road, Castle Rock, CO  80109.  Phone is (303)-814-9273.  http://www.rockyard.com/rockyard_location.html

See you there!

 

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  • nicki c.

    A very friendly group to enjoy a beautiful hike with. I had a great time and met some wonderful folks today.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Linda you did an awesome job today. Thanks for taking good care of all of us!

    March 14, 2013

  • Hilde

    Thanks Linda, that was a nice hike!

    March 14, 2013

  • Scarlet S.

    It was a great area to hike, always a great group, enjoyed everyone

    March 14, 2013

  • Cynthia

    I don't travel south very often so it was a nice change of scenery. Fun peeps, great warm weather and yet still a little snow to trudge through.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Linda for a terrific day and doing such a fine job herding the cats back to the trail!

    March 14, 2013

  • Terry G.

    Thanks Linda. It was a fun hike that I'd never done before.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a well maintained trail with a nice variety of forest hiking and open vistas with expansive views. Photogenic rock formations punctuate the trail. Picture perfect day with a fun group.

    March 14, 2013

  • Rossy

    Nice weather and great group of people.

    March 14, 2013

  • Keith F

    Good hike, perfect weather, good friends, warm day, good beer, life is good here in God's Country. Just another day in paradise.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rosie and I had a great time. Beautiful place and enjoyed meeting everyone.

    March 14, 2013

  • Scarlet S.

    Spruce Mountain Trailhead is great

    March 14, 2013

  • James P.

    A good work out, very picturesque.

    March 14, 2013

  • Randy

    It was a fun hike with great weather.

    March 14, 2013

  • Linda

    Beautiful day for hiking in the melting snow. Great views, great group of friends, fun lunch!

    March 14, 2013

  • Charly

    Luv Thursdays. I'm bringing microspikes until it's 80 degrees! Thanks Linda and Debbie.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!

    March 14, 2013

  • KATHLEEN

    I over did exercise yesterday and barely walking this morning, sorry to miss it

    March 14, 2013

  • Nancy P

    Waking up with a cold - better not to spread it around. Next time! I will miss seeing everyone.

    March 14, 2013

  • KATHLEEN

    Anyone want to carpool from Denver? Maybe meet in parking lot near Colorao Blvd and I 25-, the northeast corner off the exit. there is a Village Inn, Ross store- it is on Colorado and E Mexico street. meet at 9?

    March 11, 2013

    • James P.

      Hi Wayne, I live in Westminster I'd like to carpool.

      March 13, 2013

    • Tricia B.

      will b @ ross b4 9a.m., will b late to trailhead if leaving @9:10. 45 mi. to trailhead!

      March 13, 2013

  • Debbie

    I made it home tonight and I'm in a carpool so will see you there!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing two additional people if that is all right.

    March 13, 2013

  • James P.

    Nine o'clock is better and works for me. I'll meet you Kathleen tomorrow.

    March 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      just to clarify ... i agree with Kathleen to meet at 9AM and try to leave no later than 9:10 to get to Spruce on time. Louisa

      March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am coming from Boulder and could meet CO BLVD and I25..we could figure out how many cars we need then. Should we say we will leave the parking lot at 9:10?

    March 13, 2013

  • James P.

    Does anyone want to carpool from up North, Westminster, Arvada area

    March 13, 2013

  • Richard E.

    Are dogs allowed? Shek would love to go snooping!

    March 13, 2013

    • Linda

      Yes, but they must be on a leash. See comment below.

      March 13, 2013

  • Karen M.

    I have to take my daughter to the airport and won't be able to make it.

    March 12, 2013

  • Linda

    Dogs must be on a leash - strictly enforced, they tell me. Also and optional lunch will be in Monument after the hike - probably Mexican.

    March 12, 2013

  • nicki c.

    How can I add plus one?

    March 11, 2013

    • Debbie

      Guest option usually not open because of member interest. Please ask friends to join and sign up. There are usually no shows opening up a spot or two. Just watch the meetup. Thanks :-)

      1 · March 11, 2013

  • nicki c.

    plus one

    March 11, 2013

  • Scarlet S.

    I might be able to take this day off to join the hike if I make it in. Will need to let my boss know a couple days ahead if possible.

    March 1, 2013

    • Scarlet S.

      I will be there, taking a personal day to enjoy Baby Boomers and hiking!!

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have a class at 1pm

    March 11, 2013

  • Debbie

    If my flight gets cancelled tomorrow night I'll be there!

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a conflict that day but looking frward to the next hike. Thanks for organizing, I know it takes a great deal of work.

    March 4, 2013

  • Cathleen D.

    I look forward to meeting everyone out on the trail.

    February 20, 2013

  • Caryl

    Did this one Nov. 2, followed by Dawson Butte, 10 miles north off Tomah Rd., for a whole day 10 mile total. Pleasant, easy hiking. Enjoy--

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this hike.

    February 20, 2013

  • Debbie

    I'll be out of town so Linda is leading this hike

    February 20, 2013

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