Ascending Hikes – Mount Morrison


Ascending Hikes – Mount Morrison

Mount Morrison is the biggest, baddest, rough and tumble, slog of a hike in the Denver Mountain Park system. It also may be the most exciting, most fun, and most scenic trail in the system as well. This relatively short hike up to the summit of Mount Morrison includes about 2000 ft of elevation gain. Mount Morrison is one of the most prominent peaks of Denver’s Front Range and its summit and foothills offer awesome vantage points of the other snowcapped mountains to the west and the Denver Metro area to the east.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,862 ft
  • Pace: 1.0-1.5 MPH

Carpool Place & Time: Meet at Morrison PnR at 7:30am, for a 7:45am departure (Morrison PnR - Google Maps)

We'll then carpool to the Mount Morrison Trailhead parking area (Mount Morrison South Ridge Trailhead - Google Maps)

We'll hike to the summit of Mount Morrison along the South Ridge, starting from the at the Titans Road Parking area near Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. This out-n-back route will provide us with about 2000 feet of elevation gain over about 2 miles. The final approach to its summit makes a fun Class 2 hike on a steep terrain and we may need to scramble a bit in some areas in order to reach the summit. We'll find a comfortable, scenic, and sunny spot to stop for lunch/snack. Our pace will be determined by the strength, stamina, and endurance of the group. (Mount Morrison - CalTopo)

The Colorado Mountain Club's Ascending Hike Section (AHS) provides an opportunity to make new friends and explore new places in Colorado's backcountry, while increasing your personal hiking speed, strength, and stamina. The section is administered by CMC volunteers. There is no cost, fee, or scheduling commitment. There are no dues or elections. Open to all CMC members. To join the section, contact the CMC office. (Ascending Hikes Section — The Colorado Mountain Club (

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 essentials are required. Trekking poles are recommended.

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