Snowshoe/Hike Spruce Mountain Trailhead

  • February 13, 2014 · 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.

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.

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 Rockyard Brewery - 880 Castleton Road, Castle Rock, CO  80109.  Phone is (303)-814-9273.  http://www.rockyard.com/rockyard_location.html

See you there!

Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!

Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.


 

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  • Harrison C

    Wonderful sunny hike.... thanks Linda.

    February 13, 2014

  • Donna E

    Thank you for the great hike. It was nice meeting everyone!

    February 13, 2014

  • Mary J.

    It was a beautiful day for a hike. Thanks Linda for heading this one up!

    February 13, 2014

  • Cindy W.

    So good to feel the sun again with old and new friends.

    February 13, 2014

  • Carol

    Well worth playing hooky from work for a day!Very enjoyable. Thanks, Linda!

    February 13, 2014

  • Karen K

    It was a wonderful day for a hike, totally enjoyed being outdoor on such a nice day with a nice group of people. Scenery was great too!

    February 13, 2014

  • Linda

    Great weather and much warmer than other times I have done this trail. Great views of Pikes Peak and the front range. Thanks for arranging this hike Debbie!

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to make it but my head feels as if it's been pounded on by a sledge hammer.

    February 12, 2014

  • Linda B.

    Does anyone know if there's enough snow in this area to showshoe? Or shall we bring microspikes, etc.?

    February 11, 2014

    • Linda

      I would bring both. There is typically more snow on Spruce Mountain than in Larkspur or Castle Rock.

      February 11, 2014

  • Linda G.

    My apologies. I have to back out for Thurs. I had been looking forward to this. Personal business that has to be addressed. Have a great time!!!

    February 11, 2014

  • Hilde

    I'd like to carpool as well, coming from West Arvada and am willing to meet anywhere

    February 10, 2014

    • Donna E

      You could ride with Ralph, Kevin and me if you would like.

      February 11, 2014

  • Linda

    A couple of us are carpooling from the King Soopers at Hampden and Monaco. If you are interested in joining us, please email me through Meetup.

    February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to carpool from around Lakewood or Denver.

    February 7, 2014

    • Donna E

      My husband and I are interested. We are in West Highlands around 38th and Sheridan.

      February 7, 2014

  • Linda B.

    I would like to indicate Plus One, but don't see that option...

    February 6, 2014

    • Linda B.

      Nevermind, I was hoping to bring my sister who will be visiting from out of state for one week. I'll change my RSVP.

      February 6, 2014

    • Debbie

      Just bring her Linda - since there's space and there are usually no shows, it shouldn't be a problem.

      February 6, 2014

  • Carey

    Hoping to join soon as soon as my leg is 100%. Have fun!!

    1 · January 30, 2014

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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