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Spruce Mountain Trail Hike

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day, great hike, very nice people.

    November 5, 2013

  • Petia

    It was fun seeing all of you yesterday. If anyone lost a hat, please contact Kathy: she found a hat that we believe belongs to one of the ladies in our group, such as Clare perhaps? Kathy believes that the same hat can be seen closest to the camera in picture number 5.

    November 4, 2013

  • Deborah M.

    Couldn't ask for a better day--sunshine, warmth, and great people.
    Thanks everyone.

    November 3, 2013

  • Steve R.

    That you all for the delightful hike. I really enjoyed meeting all of you!

    November 3, 2013

  • Diane K.

    Thanks for organizing the hike Petia. It was a great hike and a great group.

    November 3, 2013

  • Paloma

    Really enjoy Spruce Mountain

    November 3, 2013

  • Diane K.

    It was great hike and nice group of people

    November 3, 2013

  • Scarlet S.

    It was an absolutely beautiful day to spend with friends!!!

    November 3, 2013

  • Patty S.

    What a beautiful hike on a beautiful day!

    November 3, 2013

  • Kathy

    It was such a beautiful day and I had a lot of fun.

    November 3, 2013

  • Renee G

    It was a good hike on a beautiful day!

    November 3, 2013

  • Clare S.

    Great to meet everyone - Toby and I had fun!

    November 3, 2013

  • Carey

    Missed the directions :( however met a great friend :) who didn't mind sightseeing on the drive back to Denver.

    November 3, 2013

  • Arlina

    I am not going to make it. I am not feeling well. Would like to do this hike in the future, I hope it gets scheduled again.

    November 3, 2013

  • Deidre

    Not feeling a 100% going to take it easy today don't want to get sick, enjoy the weather and have fun.

    November 3, 2013

  • Donna B.

    I got too late of a start today and I don't want to hold anyone up, so have a good time. Perfect day for this hike

    November 3, 2013

  • cheryl

    I'm jumping in late... if I can carpool. I live in Lakewood.... anyone have room for one more?

    November 2, 2013

    • Maria

      I am meeting at Home depot beliview and Federal at 10;30 I think I have room for only one more, decided not to take my dog this time.

      November 3, 2013

  • Patty S.

    Hi Scott,

    I live near I-25 and Hampden also. Do you have room for one more?

    October 30, 2013

  • Clare S.

    I would love to join you all for my first hike with the group! I will be bringing my pooch so I plan to drive, but I will hopefully meet you in Larkspur. I drive a red Hyundai Santa Fe. Patty, I too am by Hampden and Sante Fe so perhaps we can carpool next time!

    November 2, 2013

  • Steve R.

    I would be happy to carpool but I already live a ways south so it may not be of much benefit. I know where the place is though so I might save some hassle that way. I am at I-25 and Castle Pines Parkway. Let me know.

    November 2, 2013

  • Steve R.

    I have been on this hike....it is beautiful. The initial climb takes a bit of energy but after that it is an easy hike. See you all tomorrow!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Nan B.

    Any idea about what time we should be done with the hike etc.? I need to plan what time I will be available to meet for dinner. Thx.

    November 2, 2013

    • Renee G

      It's maybe a couple of hours at best so I'm sure you'd be able to make dinner plans even if it were even 3 hrs.

      November 2, 2013

  • Rebecca

    My plans have changed and I won't be going and meeting to carpool @ Costco on Wads/Quincy.

    November 2, 2013

  • vianne

    Can't make it this time, working at girls ice hockey tournament. Have a great day & enjoy the leaves.

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd want to be done by 11:30 AM!!!

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Launcelot

      What???? I don't even get up till 1130am! Kidding, i am up by 11:22. We should do a night hike for us nocturnals with some nocturnes added.... :-)

      November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Change of plan. See you next time.

    October 31, 2013

  • Sandy

    I'm looking to car pool. I live by southwest plaza (Bowles and Kipling.). Anyone have room for one more.

    October 31, 2013

  • Barbara G.

    Realized double booked.. Have fun!

    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first hike. Looks like fun, I am really excited.

    October 31, 2013

  • Sandy

    I live in SW area, near SW Plaza. Would like to car pool, will help with gas $. Anyone have room for one more person?

    1 · October 30, 2013

    • Maria

      i miggt be able to take you too. If I take my small dog I may crate him in back of my SUV, picking one other lady up too. I will get back with you later. Maria

      October 30, 2013

  • Patty S.

    Thanks Scott, see you then!

    October 30, 2013

  • Laura

    Hi Petia - I won't be offended if the answer is no, but do people ever bring their dogs on these hikes?

    October 25, 2013

    • Petia

      Depends on the hike but dogs on a leash are allowed on this one.

      October 30, 2013

  • Carey

    Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday...so correct me if I'm wrong but I believe we get an extra hour of sleep before the hike :)

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Deborah M.

    Hi, I plan to attend and will be coming from the SW Littleton area.
    I would be interested in riding with someone, if possible.

    October 29, 2013

    • Nan B.

      Scott. I also live

      October 29, 2013

    • Nan B.

      Scott, I also live @ I-25 & Hampden and would like to carpool. Thanks.

      October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Petia and Ken: Do you know what the elevation gain for this hike is? I want to make sure I can do this hike. Thanks!

    October 28, 2013

    • Paloma

      I would considerate an easy hike. I believe the elevation change is aroung 500 ft, but don't quote me. It starts up on the side of the mountain as long stretch switch backs. Once at the top, it goes around the center with mild ups and downs on the trail, but fairly flat.

      October 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Paloma!

      October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My church is in Larkspur so might be s little late

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I, too would like to carpool. i live in Littleton, can either drive, or will contribute $ towards gas, and I'm flexible as to where to meet.

    October 27, 2013

  • Bonnie B.

    Anyone want to carpool? I'm in Lakewood and am happy to pitch in gas and meet you anywhere.

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you know what the elevation gain is? Thanks!

    October 26, 2013

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