Mount Morrison

Morrison
Drivetime
30 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
2,100 ft Gain
LENGTH
3.5 Mile
Out & Back
TAKE ME TO THE TRAILHEAD
NEW YORK WEATHER
WHAT YOU'LL SEE
Peaks
Peaks
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Rock Formations
Rock Formations
THINGS TO DO

A Steep Climb with Rewarding Views!

Mount Morrison is a fantastic, one of a kind trail this close to Denver. It includes gorgeous views, and is generally not super populated. On a clear day you can see from Pikes Peak in the South, to Longs Peak in the North. Looking for a first step to experience what it is like to do 14ers? Look no further! This trail climbs a steep 2,000+ feet in less than two miles. The last stretch of this hike includes a bit of scrambling to get you used to using your hands and feet on the mountain. The scrambling is fairly easy and doesn't exceed low class 3, but is a fun, perfect learning experience to build your comfort.

The trailhead for Mount Morrison starts right off entrance 4 in Red Rocks Park. There is a bit of parking right next to the trailhead, or you could park anywhere further down the road in the park and walk to the trail. The climb of Mount Morrison begins by following some power lines up a steep grade without many switchbacks. There is not much shade and this trail can get quite hot, bring lots of water!

After following the power lines to top of the hill, you will be greeted with some spectacular mountain vistas to the West, including Mount Evans. The trail goes right as you start your ascent up Mount Morrison. The entire trek is steep, gaining over 2000 feet in elevation in less than two miles is no joke! As you approach the summit, you get to some of the most fun spots. You will have to use your hands as you pull yourself up some large boulders on the mountain, a perfect intro to scrambling. There is some loose rock, and can be slippery, so take your time and be cautious!

Arriving at the summit, you will be treated to gorgeous 360 views. You can see pretty much all of Denver to the East, and Mount Evans and snowcapped peaks to the West. To the North you can see the Flatirons and all the way to Longs Peak on a clear day. To the South you can see Pikes Peak on a clear day.

Overall this is a perfect hike for someone wanting some elevation gain, and a challenge without driving far from Denver. It is a bit less well known than other trails in the area and offers spectacular views!

THINGS TO DO

Exercise

This steep trail is a great place for a workout! It's not very shaded so be sure to bring lots of water!

Shopping/Town/Brewery Nearby

Morrison is a cute little town with some great places to eat/drink and super close by!

Check out the Amphitheater Before or After the Hike

Walk in the steps of some of the best musicians in the world on the stage of Red Rocks! Check out that adventure HERE!

Leave No Trace Bigfoot Sign
It is of the upmost importance that you always remember to take care of our precious outdoor spaces, and preserve them for future generations. Be as invisible as bigfoot and practice Leave No Trace Principles. For more info on how to be an environmentally conscious adventurer, click HERE!
GETTING THERE

The trailhead for Mount Morrison is right off entrance 4 for Red Rocks Park. There is a bit of parking off to the right, but you can always park somewhere else in the park and walk to the trailhead.

Mountain landscape

#ADVENTURABLE

Share your adventure with the adventurable community! Just tag a picture on instagram with #Adventurable and it will show up here!

Support Adventurable

SIMILAR ADVENTURES
Dakota Ridge Trail
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
30 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
1050 Ft Gain
LENGTH
5 Miles
Out & Back
Paint Mines
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
1hr 45min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
200ft Gain
LENGTH
3 Miles
Out & Back
Mount Falcon
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
30 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Several Options
LENGTH
2.5 Mile
Loop
DRIVETIME
45 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
1500 Ft gain
LENGTH
11 Mile
Lollipop
Waterton Canyon
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
30 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
650 ft Gain
LENGTH
12.7 Mile
Out and Back
Island Lake Via Ice Lake Basin
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
6 Hrs
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
2800 ft gain
LENGTH
8 Mi
Out & Back
Mohawk Lakes
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
2 Hr
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
2,100 ft Gain
LENGTH
8.5 Mile
Out and Back
Lair O' the Bear
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
30 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
150 Ft Gain
LENGTH
1.6 Mile
Out & Back
Lone Eagle Peak
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
2hr 15min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
2,325ft gain
LENGTH
16 Miles
Out & Back
Maxwell Falls
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
45 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
870 Ft Gain
LENGTH
4.2 Mile
Loop
DRIVETIME
1 Hr
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
1,200 ft gain
LENGTH
4 Miles
Out & Back
Roxborough State Park
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
40 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
300 Ft Gain
LENGTH
2.4 Miles
Loop
Chief Mountain
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
1 Hr
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
960 Ft Gain
LENGTH
3.1 Mile
Out & Back
Beaver Brook Watershed
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
45 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
500 ft change
LENGTH
Many Options
Out & Back
Chief Ouray Mine
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
5hr 30min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
1900 Ft Gain
LENGTH
4.3 Mile
Out & Back
Mayhem Gulch
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
45 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
800 Ft Gain
LENGTH
5 Mile
Loop
Saint Mary's Glacier
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
1 Hr
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
800 ft gain
LENGTH
1.9 Mile
Out & Back
Mount Galbraith
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
30 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
1000 ft gain
LENGTH
4 Miles
Loop
Carpenter Peak
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
40 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
1050 ft gain
LENGTH
6.3 Miles
Out & Back
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
20 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Flat
LENGTH
2 Mile
Loop
Panorama Point Trail
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
40 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
650 Ft Gain
LENGTH
2.5 Mile
Out & Back
Chimney Gulch
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
26 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
1755 ft Gain
LENGTH
6 Mile
Out & Back
Meyer Ranch Park
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
25 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
500 ft gain
LENGTH
Many Options
Loop
Beaver Brook Chavez Loop
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
30 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
1100 ft Gain
LENGTH
5.1 Mile
Loop
Kenosha Pass
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
1Hr 15Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
300ft Gain
LENGTH
3 Miles
Out & Back
Forgotten Valley
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
50 min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Lots of Options!
LENGTH
3 Mile
Out and Back
DRIVETIME
30 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
358 Ft Gain
LENGTH
2 Mile
Loop
Table Mountain
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
25 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
400 Ft Gain
LENGTH
3-8 Mile
Loop
Boulder Falls
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
50 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Flat
LENGTH
.1 Mile
Out & Back
Devil's Head Lookout
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
60 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
865 Ft Gain
LENGTH
2.7 Mile
Out and Back
Reynolds Park
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
45 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Easy
500 ft Gain
LENGTH
Many Options
Loop
South Arapaho Peak
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
1Hr 30Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
3,230 ft Gain
LENGTH
8.2 Miles
Out & Back
Herman Gulch
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
1 Hr
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
1750 Ft Gain
LENGTH
7.7 Mile
Out & Back
Ice Lake Trail
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
6 hrs
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
2700 ft gain
LENGTH
7.5 Mi
Out & Back
Royal Arch Trailhead
VIEW ADVENTURE
DRIVETIME
45 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
1500 ft Gain
LENGTH
4.2 Mile
Out and Back