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. There are plenty of opportunities to gaze off rocky lookouts, ridges and meadows from over 8 miles of trails. Bring your camera.
Trail Rating: easy to moderate.
Trail Length: It is about 5.5 miles from Spruce Mountain Road parking lot, around the Upper Loop, and a roundtrip back.
Trail Surface: Natural; some rock; gradual climb on north side with switchbacks. The upper (eastern) part of the Service Road is steep and often rutted.
Users: Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and pets on leash can use the trail.
Amenities: One port-a-potty is available. There is no water available at this site.
Location: 13415 Spruce Mountain Road, Larkspur, CO
Directions: 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, cars can take the Larkspur Exit and travel about six miles south along Spruce Mountain Road and the entrance will be on your right.