Enjoy scenic views from the upper reaches of Matthews Winters Open Space.

Statistics

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hrs

248

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248

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6

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

The Red Rocks to Morrison Slide lollipop loop hike is a microcosm of Colorado's outdoor beauty.

On this iconic run, you'll traverse through classic Rocky Mountain foothills terrain.

The vegetation is sparse and scrubby, which affords wide-open views of the iconic Red Rocks, the Hogback ridge, Denver, and the eastern plains.

The route combines these beautiful views with unique geologic history in the form of the red rocks themselves. With several steep sections of switchbacks, rocky trail tread, and elevated sections of trail, this isn't the easiest route in the area.

The steep uphills will definitely get your heart pounding, especially if you're visiting from lower elevations.

But that's all a part of the game, and the combination of beautiful scenery with an aerobic workout is yet another reason why this is such a quintessential Front Range run. Sources: https://approachableoutdoors.com/hiking/red-rocks-morrison-trail/ https://www.theoutbound.com/colorado/hiking/hike-the-morrison-slide-in-matthews-winters-park https://www.theoutbound.com/colorado/hiking/red-rocks-and-morrison-slide-trails https://www.gjhikes.com/2017/07/morrison-slide.html