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Matthews Winters Lollipop

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Trail

5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 711' 217 m
Descent: -710' -216 m
High: 6,777' 2,066 m
Low: 6,266' 1,910 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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A wonderful Matthews Winters link up.

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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 hike 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.

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 hike 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 hike.

Flora & Fauna

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

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Sep 7, 2019
LordJerome Bozic
Jul 28, 2019
Diane Plymale
Jul 10, 2019
Darby West
Jun 26, 2019
Tiffany Popdan
Jun 9, 2019
Jessica Whalen
included village ride loop and walk to park across the road. 6mi
Jun 5, 2019
Nicole Stanek
5.1mi
Apr 16, 2019
A Chun
Trail run. 5mi — 1h 02m
Apr 12, 2019
Matt Pretty
Great hike. View from top of Morrison Slide is definitely worth the effort. Got a little sloppy/muddy as I hiked it shortly after a snowstorm, but… 5.1mi

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  4.5 from 29 votes

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Photos

View looking southeast with various lakes in sight
Jan 7, 2019 near Morrison, CO
Great viewing spot along the trail at the far end of the lollipop
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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