Spruce Mountain West Trail

Spruce Mountain West Trail

“Spruce Mountain West” is the name assigned by this year’s “Take a Hike!” folks. We had not previously attempted this hike fearing the length (at least 8.7 miles) and elevation change. However, we have previously parked and walked across the street to hike the Horse Camp Loop Trail #383. For today’s hike we started clockwise on the Groom Creek Loop Trail #307. After climbing from 6,430 feet to 6,730 feet in about 1.3 miles, we continued for 0.9 mile on Forest Road 78 before reconnecting with Trail #307 for the final 1.8 miles. We noted several woodpiles waiting to be burned on the first segment of the trail. Shortly before returning to the parking lot we encountered three deer. Although a 4 mile hike is getting a bit long for us, we were glad to discover this trail.

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