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Spruce Mountain Trail Loop

Colorado Butte With a Beautiful View
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Just east of the Rampart Range section of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains the plains limestone buttes rise randomly across the ... more »

Tips:  Directions: From Colorado Springs, take the County Line Rd Exit off I-25. Drive west toward Palmer Park, past the Greenland Open Space... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

This trailhead accommodates cars and trucks only – horse trailers may be parked at the large Spruce Meadows Trailhead along Noe Road to the northeast. Head east from the lot through the gate. Decide whether you want to take the Oak Shortcut (steeper) or the regular ascent to the top of the butte. Even in winter, the longer route is walkable (see... More

2. Paddock's Point

The trail heads through the middle of the top of the butte for another half mile before it splits into the loop. Along the way, you’ll encounter Paddock’s Point. This marker is dedicated to a gentleman who did much to promote conservation in Douglas County. Here you’ll get a good look at Eagle Mtn. to the northeast. At the trail junction, I’ll... More

3. Flowers

I’ve noted this one particular point for wildflowers. Actually they’re everywhere in the spring and summer. The pictures you’re seeing here are courtesy of my wife on one our jaunts. You’ll pass a sign for the Forest Service Road on your right. If you were to take this road down, you could turn right at the bottom and return to the trailhead along... More

4. Windy Point

As the name suggests, it’s breezy out here. To the south is Pike’s Peak, visible if the clouds aren’t in the way. Below you are several private ranches.

5. Upper Loop Lookout

The trail comes close to the edge of the cliffs here. Again the panorama is stunning. You’ll also have a great opportunity to look back along the cliffs of the southern section of the butte. Head back to the trail split and the descent to the trailhead. If you took the long way up, take the Oak Shortcut back to your vehicle, or vice versa.