The 8.5-mile Spruce Meadows Trail winds through grassy meadows between Greenland Open Space and Spruce Mountain. The trail has been cut through undulating fields of grasses and wildflowers. Enjoy views of surrounding buttes, Pikes Peak, Spruce Mountain and the Rampart Range, as well as Carpenter Creek and thousands of acres of protected open space. The trail crosses over (or under) Spruce Mountain Road twice at marked crossings, and crosses over Noe Road twice before looping back to the parking area.
This is an easy trail for minimal elevation gain. It is a natural surface trail, 8.5 miles in length and is considered to be in the moderate zone.
Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and pets on leash can use the trail.
Amenities: There is a large gravel parking lot that will accommodate scores of horse trailers. One porta-potty, a bear-proof trash can, and a hitching rail and rail fencing are available. Water is available at stock ponds along the trail and at nearby Greenland Open Space trailhead.
Location: From I-25, take the Greenland Exit (167) to the west and travel ¼ mile west and ½ mile south. Bypass the Greenland Trailhead and continue right on the main gravel road (Noe Road) over two sets of railroad tracks. The parking area is just up a short hill on your left, on the south side of the road.
Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources at 303-660-7495.