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Matthews Winters Lollipop

Intermediate
 4.5 (34) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A wonderful Matthews Winters link up.


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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

91%

Runnable

6,777' 2,066 m

High

6,266' 1,910 m

Low

711' 217 m

Up

710' 216 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

A shorter lollipop loop at Matthews Winters Park with some fun ups and downs and some nice views at the top. This shorter loop makes a great option for a short day run or a quick after work outing. Although you won't leave the traffic noise entirely behind, the trails are still pleasant and the views on a clear day are worth the climbs.

Runner Notes

It is a steady climb from the parking lot to the top of Morrison Slide Trail at the two mile mark with no tree cover.

Description

Start at the bridge just below the parking lot. Take the Village Walk Trail west for .5 miles before turning south on the the Red Rocks Trail. The Village Walk Trail is a wide, flat, and easy trail. The short section of the Red Rocks Trail that you use as a connection to run the loop part of this route counterclockwise is also wide and relatively easy.


After 0.5 miles, turn west onto Cherry Gulch Trail and then turn south onto Morrison Slide Trail for 1.5 miles before turning east back onto the Red Rocks Trail. The Morrison Slide Trail is a steep, rocky trail littered with tight switchbacks. The ascent and descent are equally challenging but your efforts are rewarded with great views from the top.

After 0.7 miles turn east to continue on the Red Rocks Trail. Kick it into high gear and cruise back the way you came via the Red Rocks Trail and Village Walk Trail back to the bridge and the trailhead to finish out your run.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, coyotes, deer and mountain lions (near dawn/dusk).

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  4.5 from 34 votes

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Photos

Great viewing spot along the trail at the far end of the lollipop
Jan 7, 2019 near Morrison, CO
View looking southeast with various lakes in sight
Jan 7, 2019 near Morrison, CO
View from Morrison Slide Trail
Apr 28, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Super smooth trails at Matthews / Winters Park.
Apr 16, 2017 near Morrison, CO
Overlooking Red Rocks Park to the south from the Morrison Slide Trail.
Nov 24, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Herd of 20 mule deer
Jan 7, 2019 near Morrison, CO

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Sep 5, 2020
Jon Velotta
Way too crowded by 830am. Hard to enjoy with so much passing, people playing music. Stick to weekdays and very early mornings
Aug 28, 2020
Jon Velotta
Great trail. Decent is really fun. Well worth it for views at the top. A little close to the highway, but doable for weekday
Jun 16, 2020
Rylan MacVey
May 7, 2020
Kara Paulus
5.1mi — 1h 30m
Mar 16, 2020
Phil Tylman
great run, a little muddy on northern aspects. great views of red rocks from the top 5.1mi — 59h 00m
Nov 16, 2019
Rob Pressly
Aug 5, 2019
Ryando Smithman
5.1mi
Jul 14, 2019
Tyler Jones
5mi