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Spruce Mountain
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Spruce Mountain

 
Spruce Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.15530°N / 104.898°W

Object Title: Spruce Mountain

County: Douglas

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 7605 ft / 2318 m

 

Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: May 23, 2007 / Feb 10, 2011

Object ID: 295491

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Overview

 
Spruce Mountain - another view from near the summit
View from near the summit


Not so much a mountain as a butte, Spruce Mountain provides a nice day outing that is close to home for many residents and visotors along the Front Range (particularly the northern Colorado Springs area or southern Denver). Convenient to I-25, the hike to Spruce Mountain treats the hiker to cool breezes and wide-open views with minimal sacrifice. Views of Pikes Peak are particularly striking.


Spruce Mountain is part of the 3,000 acre Greenland Ranch Open Space. This rolling "Marlborough Man" country dotted with buttes is especially lovely in the fall when the grasses turn golden and the scrub oak rust a lovely red. From the summit, look for snow dusted Pikes Peak to your south-southwest, sit down and enjoy a snack.

Colorado Rank: Unranked
Prominance: 265 feet

Getting There

 
Spruce Mountain - near summit
Enjoying wide open views from near the summit

 
Peak after Peak
Peak after peak
Photo by csmcgranahan


From I-25 take Exit #163 (County Line Road). Turn left and drive 2.5 miles to a T intersection. Turn right on Spruce Mountain Road and drive 3.6 miles to a dirt parking lot on the left.

See the Upper Loop on Spruce Mountain route for trail details.

Red Tape

 
Nice formation north of Spruce Mountain
Nice formation north of Spruce Mountain
Photo by csmcgranahan
 
View south from summit
View south from summit
Photo by csmcgranahan


Douglas County Open Space welcomes horses and bicyles. Dogs must be on a leash.

Weather

Spruce Mountain is an all-weather objective. Heavy snows in the winter may increase the challenge, while heat and crowds may make summer a less enjoyable time to visit.

Zone Forecast for Monument, CO

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Spruce Mountain from the TrailSpruce Mountain - near summitSpruce Mountain - another view from near the summitView south from summitPeak after PeakNice formation north of Spruce Mountain