Spruce Mountain After Work Hike
Meet at 5:45PM. Leaving the trail head at 6:00PM
We are headed back to Spruce Mountain. This is a Douglas County Open Space Park in the Larkspur area. Very nice.
Starting a little later to help those needing extra time. Sunset is around 8:25 this time of year. So we should have no problem finishing before dark.
Hike Description: Spruce Mountain is one of the newer Douglas County Open Space Parks. It is a real treat. Spruce Mountain Trail ascends Spruce Mountain through a Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest. 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. There will be plenty of opportunities to gaze off rocky lookouts in all directions. Bring your camera. We will be hiking the Spruce Mountain loop, then descend into the valley and return on the Eagle Pass Trail.
Leaving the trail head at 6:00 PM. If you are late, catch up.
Distance: ~6.5 miles
Speed: 2.8 mph
Skill Level: Easy
Trail Type: Loop
Starting Elevation: 7,100 '
Highest Elevation: 7,620 '
Total Elevation Gain: 650'
Dogs: No Dogs
Donation: $1 donation requested to the organizer. ($0 if you're unemployed)
Click the Spruce Mountain Open Space link above for a interactive map to the location.
From I-25, take the Greenland Exit (167) to the west and travel 1/4 mile west and 1/2 mile south. Bypass the Greenland Trailhead and continue right on the main gravel road (Noe Road) over two sets of railroad tracks and continue another mile to Spruce Mountain Road (PASS the Spruce Meadows Trailhead). Take a left and head south for about one mile to the parking area on your right.
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I spend hours researching hikes and rely on various sources, but I can't vouch for their accuracy. I am not a professional guide, you are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you require.