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Red Rocks Spur

Intermediate

Trail

0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
51% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 245' 75 m
Descent: -200' -61 m
High: 5,716' 1,742 m
Low: 5,471' 1,667 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A steep and eroded trail that leads up to a great viewpoint beneath beautiful red rock formations.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is a steep and fast way to the top of Red Rocks, but it'll be a challenge for most to run the entire way. A great trail for hill repeats and interval training.

Description

The Red Rocks Spur is really a conglomerate of braided spurs that work their way up to, around and down from the beautiful red rock formations in this area. This is just the "main" spur that travels from Red Rocks Trail at Settler's Park to Sunshine Canyon Road.

From the Settler's Park Trailhead, start up Red Rocks Trail and stay right to get onto the Spur. The trail quickly becomes steep and eroded as you make your way up the fall line. Work your way over water bars and loose stones until you reach the viewpoint and take in the great vista to the east. From here you can pick from a host of different trails that lead onto the rocks, continue on the main spur to Sunshine Canyon, or head back to Settler's Park.

Flora & Fauna

This trail ventures through some pine forest but sees mostly open exposure and sage brush vegitation

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The Red Rocks tower above as you approach from the Canyon Blvd parking lot.
Apr 12, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Hike around or scramble over the Red Rocks for a fun time!
Apr 12, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Camo and Thomas enjoy a quick easy hike on Red Rocks Trail in Boulder, CO.
May 12, 2016 near Boulder, CO

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