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. For variety, descend on the service road, hike the loop to the west, and hike back along the Eagle Pass trail.
There are 8.5 miles of trails, so extended or varied routes may be chosen. Staying low on the easy Eagle Pass Trail will take you along the edges of forests and meadows. Moderately easy hikes to the upper loop will take you on a gentle climb through shady forests to a wide and gentle trail that circles the top of the mountain. Small children have been known to hike it well, but keep an eye on them at the rocky lookouts! Ice and snow can build up on the shaded trails on the northern climb. The east end of the Service Road that Descends Spruce Mountain can be difficult, since it is steep and usually quite rutted. The western loop of the Eagle Pass Trail and the Service Road are moderately easy.
It is about 5.5 miles from Spruce Mountain Road parking lot, around the Upper Loop, and a roundtrip back. You can add on another couple of miles to include the meadows and beautifully forested Eagle Ridge on the west side of Eagle Pass Trail and the Service Road.
Natural; some rock; gradual climb on north side with switchbacks. The upper (eastern) part of the Service Road is steep and often rutted.
Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and pets on leash can use the trail.
The parking lot accommodates cars and light trucks only. Sorry, there is no room for horse trailers here. Trailers may be parked at the large Spruce Meadows Trailhead along Noe Road to the northeast, adding a couple of miles in each direction to your ride. One port-a-potty is available. There is no water available at this site. Water is available at stock ponds along the Spruce Meadows Trail and at the nearby Greenland Open Space Trailhead.
13415 Spruce Mountain Road, Larkspur, CO
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. (If you have a horse trailer or very large vehicle, park at the Spruce meadows parking lot on your left and take the 2-mile trail to Spruce Mountain.) Cars can 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. Remember, cars and light trucks only may park here.
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.
Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources at 303.660.7495.