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 [masked]. http://www.rockyard.com/rockyard_location.html
See you there!