May 19, 2008
I rode this trail for the first time on Saturday, May 17, 2008. This was my first ride of the year for me, so I wasn’t pushing it too hard. I started the ride at the Spruce Meadow trail head and head south for 2 miles. This part of the ride is fairly flat and a good warm up. At the end of the 2 miles, I crossed highway 105, heading west and then north. At this point, I’m now on the Spruce Mountain trail.
I’m not sure how many miles I rode total, but probably somewhere around 9 miles total. The Spruce Mountain trail had a few climbs, but nothing too difficult. None of the climbs are long and most should be able to do these climbs. For an average rider there’s nothing too technical. But, for the beginner rider there are 2 spots less than 10 yards long that some may identify as technical, but most wouldn’t. I did the upper loop Clockwise and there were a few switchbacks (about 4) going up, but I believe they were not too bad. These switchbacks seems simpler than most switchbacks on other trails. I’m not great at switchbacks, but was able to navigate these.
The Spruce Mountain trail connects with Spruce Meadow trail. The complete Spruce Meadow trail is 8.5 miles. The Greenland Trail is less than 2 miles away and is 8.25 miles long and connect with Sante Fe trail.
This is by no means an epic ride, but a good ride that have beautiful views. The Spruce Mountain trail is very, very well maintained.
* Review edited 5/19/2008
Alfred 3 Sister in Evergreen, Green Mountain