Dayhike Spruce Mountain (near Palmer Lake)

Meeting place to be determined.

Please read all of the information.

Directions to the PnR: Folks this PnR does not have a name. It's not a RTD lot. There are signs directing you to the 'carpool' lot.

Going South on I-25 take exit 188 (Castle Pines Pkwy). Turn left at the light. Go about 1/4 mile and turn left again. The PnR will be on your left about 1/2 mile down this road. You'll have to leave the PnR by 9:15. It's going to take you about 45 min. to get from here to the trailhead.

Directions to the trailhead: Drive South on I-25, take exit 163 and drive west on County Line Rd. Turn right after crossing railroad tracks onto Spruce Mountain Rd. Drive for 3.5 miles and then park at trail head on your left. Do not turn into the Spruce Mountain Ranch. The trailhead is past that.

There are no bathrooms at the trailhead.


The hike: Folks this is a hike we haven't done before and it's a little ways away but all I read says the views are worth it. Spruce Mountain is a mesa in Douglas County just north of Palmer Lake. There are number of trails you can take from the trail head located at a parking lot off the Spruce Mountain Road. The most direct trail climbs up for about 1.2 miles through series of switchbacks. Once you reach the upper loop you can enjoy leisurely hike on the flat top. The loop is 2.3 miles long, traversing through a mix of forest and meadows with a rewarding view of Pikes Peak's north face at the end. Spruce Mountain is a fairly easy hike but is definitely worth it. Once you are in the area check out other trails in the Greenland Open Space. We'll plan on starting this hike at 10:00 am. I'll try and add more information so you'll know about how long it'll take you to get there.

Length: 5.5 miles loop

Dogs are allowed on a leash of course.

Lunch will be in Castle Rock.

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  • Lenny M.

    Hate that I missed this..Scott you have to schedule again!!!

    February 25, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    Loved this hike for it's beautiful views with fairly minimum effort! Great to see old hiking friends as well. LOVE hiking!

    February 25, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Hike was great! The company too. Good choice, Scott.

    February 25, 2013

  • doug d.

    GREAT HIKE! Top 3 of all time. Sorry about my choice for lunch-kind of weak.

    February 24, 2013

    • Renee G

      Don't be so hard on yourself; gave us a chance to check it out since some of us had never been--good choice!

      February 25, 2013

  • "Jimmy-D"

    Thanks to Scott for organizing. Thanks to Trish for the beautiful pictures. To those I had the chance to chat with along the way, thanks for the conversations.

    February 24, 2013

  • Renee G

    Great hike. I love this place!

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful hike

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful hike and great company!

    February 24, 2013

  • TrishA

    We had great weather and some beautiful views with the light snow. A hidden Gem of a trail! Thanks Scott for organizing.

    February 23, 2013

  • Dana K.

    gorgeous views, beautiful day, nice pace. Rex and I enjoyed the walk!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Patti B.

    Excellent!

    February 23, 2013

  • TrishA

    I'm hoping to meet in castle pines at 9

    February 23, 2013

  • Linda

    Will meet at trailhead.

    February 23, 2013

  • Justine

    I have been delayed this morning - I am still going to hike, but after you begin. Don't wait for me.

    February 23, 2013

  • julie

    So I tried leaving a comment twice now- and havent seen it yet.
    if you see several comments well thats what happened.

    so jim I can meet up with you at the 88th 1-25 PNR- I will ck it in the morn- ok
    thanks again

    February 22, 2013

  • Annie

    I am not sure I can make it so changing to "No" -- possibly be there

    February 22, 2013

  • TrishA

    Does anyone want to meet in castlerock to carpool?

    February 22, 2013

    • Patrick D

      Trish, that sounds like a good idea. Any suggestions for a meeting location in CR ? I live in the H.Ranch/Lone Tree area. Looks like from Caste Rock it will be about a 25 min ride to the trailhead. Do you think we are going to need snow-shoeing equipment for this leisurely hike ?

      February 22, 2013

    • TrishA

      Sounds like we are all meeting there. See you tomorrow!

      February 22, 2013

  • "Jimmy-D"

    Joan (and anyone else who would like a ride). I'm driving south on I-25 from Northglenn. I'd be happy to pick up 3 people along I-25. Given the distance, I'll likely aim to leave between 8:15 and 8:30. Send me an email - think you can do so from this site - with where you would like to be picked up, an email address (won't spam - promise) and a phone number. I'll reply late tonight to any emails. I drive a Honda Accord.

    February 22, 2013

  • Bob

    Was just there - you'll enjoy it!

    February 22, 2013

  • Lenny M.

    Unfortunately I now have a business conflict..sorry, especially for those I was going to carpool with. Hope you understand
    Lenny

    February 22, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    Hey Scott...have you picked a meeting spot? Looking forward to hiking tomorrow!

    February 22, 2013

  • Lenny M.

    Trish
    If no one else can get you, I have room for one more after the other twop I am taking...we are driving from Littleton and can pass Castle Rock, which should be way..if you don;t get ride from others...let me know where next to I25 we can swing by and get you - we will be trvaeling south on I25...maybe by Outlet mall parking lot?
    Lenny

    February 22, 2013

  • Lenny M.

    Mary Beth
    I have space..I am taking one other so far...thought is to either meet at Littleton PNR in downtown Littleton or PNR on Snata Fe By Aspen grove...I think it will take just under an hour from there...so want to be on road by 9am....

    February 22, 2013

  • Mary B.

    If Lenny has a space I'll hitch a ride! Coming from Conifer - let me know if this works.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Lenny M.

    I can drive leaving from littleto dontown ..can carry 3

    February 21, 2013

  • julie

    anyone....up for a carpool? shoot over an email- meet up in denver.

    February 21, 2013

  • Annie

    Hi, Parking is definitely very limited here. Has a pre-hike meeting spot been determined? Thanks!

    February 21, 2013

  • julie

    Anyone- in for a carpool ?
    We can meet up at 1-25 or downtown denver. shoot me an email-- at [masked] dont hack my new email- split gas-?
    email me- just about the m

    February 21, 2013

  • "Jimmy-D"

    Anyone want to meet me at the I-25/88th Ave park 'n ride? Other PnRs would work along I-25 south? Please let me know.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet you at the trailhead since I live in COS. One of my favorite trails

    February 21, 2013

  • Annie

    I love this hike!

    February 21, 2013

  • Larry

    have a german shepherd rescue event that day

    February 20, 2013

  • Daphne B.

    I'm a maybe, hope to be recovered from the flu by then!

    February 20, 2013

  • Kim K.

    Wow, it has been a long time, hope to drag a friend with me. Looking forward to it!! YEAH! Kim

    February 19, 2013

  • Ryan B.

    I've hiked this a couple of times with my kids, there's a geocache up on the top. Found it using Garmin geocaching apple iPhone app.

    February 19, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Happy to carpool from Conifer - C470 to I25. Sounds like fun.

    February 19, 2013

  • Michelle

    I have done this hike a few times and have enjoyed it every time. I'm glad a MeetUp is doing it.

    February 19, 2013

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