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After Work Hike - Spruce Mountain

  • Jun 12, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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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)

Location Info

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.

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  • Katrina S

    Great group who braved the rain and clouds and it paid off in sunshine and rainbows!

    June 13, 2014

  • Reese

    Had some rain but lots of wildflowers and beautiful views! Great people to get some exercise with!

    June 13, 2014

  • Barb C.

    Exceeded my expectations! We saw it all rain, a little hail, rainbows, but plenty of sunshine too :)

    June 13, 2014

  • Adam T.

    Anyone want to carpool from Englewood/Littleton area?

    June 8, 2014

    • Adam T.

      I drive a red Mazda Tribute with Tennessee plates and stickers on back window. I'll be at the lot at 4:30

      June 12, 2014

    • Linda D

      I'll be standing at parking lot entrance close to the ramp up to Light Rail stop which is near where the buses stop.

      June 12, 2014

  • Beverly K

    So sorry that I cannot go on the Thursday hike. Enjoy the views for me! (:

    June 11, 2014

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