Spruce Mountain Trail Upper Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.69 out of 5
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Intermediate
4
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
7,122
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
It goes green to black within the first half mile and then mellows on top of spruce mountain. It loops for 2.5 miles and then heads back down the one mile track you came up.
added by beckijhnGranny Gear July 3, 2006
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gramcounter

August 31, 2015
cha-cha Gramcounter  
 
Review: One of my favorites due to the lack of people and the abundance of scenery. Easy ride but so good for your soul.

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Poseur

September 1, 2014
paprika Poseur  
 
Review: Really pretty to terrain. Fun for an intermediate rider. Take the loop to the left.

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Gnarly

June 10, 2014
 
Review: Did this trail by connecting spruce meadow and greenland open space. They are all within easy access of each other and regardless of where you start or park your car, you can connect them on a loop. Out of all 3 spruce mountain would have to be the best. The views are great once you get to the top and there are interesting switchbacks and technical portions. Although, in my opinion, the climb is the only part that can be considered "intermediate". The rest of the trail itself is beginner. Nothing tough or technical. Some sections even felt wide enough to ride side by side. The trail was a bit sandy when we started but we got a bit of rain while riding which helped pack it a bit. Overall, it is a fun trail but is not really challenging. An xc setup will be all you need here. Don't bother packing your full squish, you won't be needing it here!

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Gnarly

February 25, 2014
vbeckman74 Gnarly  
 
Review: This is a great trail that is pretty fast and smooth for the elevation gain. Make sure you do it when it's dry. It can get muddy.

Similar Trail: Cheyenne Mountain Park

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Gramcounter

June 22, 2012
Railbiker Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is one of my favorites. It is very well maintained, and is a great ride. There are signs to keep you on track. The ground is hardpack dirt which makes for a very FAST ride down. This trail has good flow. I started my ride here, did the loop, then came down a different trail from the top, ducked under Spruce mountain road., and then connected with Kipps Loop. Make sure to ride counter clockwise (on Kipps) to enjoy the better downhill of that route, then take Noe Rd. back to Spruce Mountain and then to your car. It's a great ride.

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Granny Gear

April 28, 2012
 
Review: I like taking this trail counter clockwise. This way you get to go up the fireroad climb. If you're at least an intermediate rider and avoid some of the rain grooves you should be able to get up without taking a break. Once at the top you see some awsome views. Riding at the top and going down is fun singletrack with not much technical. You might want to do two laps to get a real workout.

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World Champ


March 15, 2011
 
Review: There is a bit of a climb going in and a couple of rocky spots, but overall this trail isn't too technical. I take my daughter on it and I have taken complete beginners as well. Watch for deer, I have seen one almost every time I've been. On the backside, for extra cardio, drop down the fireroad and climb back up.

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Epic


October 1, 2010
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Boy, was this a surprise! Given it's prairie location, I expected it to be totally lame, but it turned out to be a great ride. Spruce Mountain is a beautifully forested bluff that rises abruptly from the prairie below (although I had a hard time finding any spruce as the bluff seems to be covered with ponderosa). There are two paths from the parking lot to the top. The right fork will cross some prairie at the base of the bluff before a relatively gentle climb to the top. The left fork is steep, switchbacking it's way right up to the top. After the two paths meet, there's more climbing before hitting the loop. Whatever direction you take, it's a great climb through a wonderful forest. Although there are a few rocks, there's nothing overly technical and most of the trail is wide enough to offer an easy line around the obstacles. This is a great place to bring a reasobly fit newbie. The last part of the lollipop handle has fantastic views of the valley below, the foothills behind, and Pikes Peak rising above all. Once on the loop, the trail loses much of its character as it turns into a service road wide path. There are some great overlooks along the way and rock formations to play on. When you complete the loop, that climb up becomes a super fun downhill. If only the interesting part was longer . . .

Similar Trail: Nothing in this area. Head to Monument for Limbaugh Canyon or C Springs for the great rides there.

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Poseur

April 29, 2010
 
Review: I really loved this ride! The switchbacks going up the mountain are great, the single track was great, the entire route is beautiful and the view from the top is about as good as you can find. Switchbacks are a little tight coming down, so have to pay attention. And when coming out at the bottom there are some jumps to finish off with some great air. If you haven't ridden this sweet route your are missing out.

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Granny Gear

July 21, 2009
rmart28 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode this looking to get in shape after two months of foot surgery rehab. If you want to evaluate your shape, keep right. This will lead you ALL the way around Spruce Mt. It gets a little more challenging after roughly 2.5 miles (once again, keep right!) You will encounter the "service road". An ungraded, semi-steep, losely graveled road. After that, the ride gets very scenic as you approach the top of Spruce Mt. Enjoy!

Similar Trail: Mt Herman

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Spruce Mountain Trail Upper Loop MTB Trail 3.69 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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