Summary: Start from the parking lot and walk about 100 yards, cross a stream, and continue straight on the Village Walk Trail. After 0.4 miles, take the Red Rocks Trail to the south. You will see the Morrison Slide rising in the distance. As you get closer, you can see the trail switchbacking up the side of Morrison Slide. After another 0.6 miles, you cross a stream. Just after the stream crossing, you come to the junction with the Morrison Slide Trail. Go up the Morrison Slide Trail and you will be rewarded with a pleasant walk along the edge of a 20 foot cliff. A nice resting spot is found just before you start descending the other side of the slide. This descent is a challenging mountain bike trail, so watch out for the bike riders struggling up the fairly rough trail. When you reach the Red Rocks trail, go north to return to your starting point. Warning: Other than the two stream crossings, there is little shade on this trail. It is best in the morning or evening.
Trailhead: From I-70, take exit 259. Go south about 0.1 miles and turn west at the entrance to Matthew Winters Park. Park in the small area. If the parking area is full, proceed across the road at the Park-n-Ride stegosaurus parking lot. (Lat:39.69 Lon:-105.205)
Trail Guides for Matthew Winters Park Red Rocks Morrison Slide:
Matthew Winters Park
by Jefferson County Open Space (Jefferson County)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Jefferson County Open Space Parks - 303-271-5925
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Keith Robinson, who has posted 5 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Mike on 7/8/2011
Since I'm from flatlands Kansas, I wanted a challenging hike for the family that wouldn't lead to oxygen depravation and yet provide some excellent views and still be challenging. This hike accomplished all those objectives extremely well! I would recommend this to all explorers of the Red Rocks area. There's some nice elevation climbs, super panoramic vies and great experiences with all the interesting rock formations in the area. And it provides the kids with opportunities to climb some boulders without being to treacherous. This was a super hike even in the 95 degree weather we had on the day we did it. Check it out!
Reviewed by PATRICK on 5/6/2010
THIS IS A VERY NICE TRAIL, SCENIC. DONT FORGET TO GO ACROSS THE STREET AND WALK MORRISON RIDGE. IT IS A LITTLE MORE TECHNICAL, BUT A GREAT HIKE ALSO. OVER THE RIDGE TO GREEN MOUNTAIN, THE SERVICE ROAD WILL GET YOU UP TO WORLD CLASS RUNNING IF YOU CAN HANG. MY STOMPING GROUNDS!
Reviewed by Lynn on 8/28/2009
This is a great trail for running! Gradual up- and downhill, with great views and few bikes if you go in the morning on weekdays. Watch out for deer and rattlers.
Reviewed by Ann on 6/14/2009
This was a relatively easy hike with a very nice view at the top of Red Rocks.
Reviewed by Matt on 5/24/2009
This is the first time I've been to Winters Park, but I've been to Red Rocks quite a few times and had been meaning to check it out. I went up the Morrison Slide and came back the Red Rocks Trail. This is not a very difficult hike, so most should be able to do it without problems. I think the scenery is much prettier than the trails around Red Rocks. And there is only really .5 or so miles of real uphill, the rest is either flat or very gradual incline.
Reviewed by Christina on 12/31/2008
A very nice hike but I did see a rattlesnake. So hiker beware!
Reviewed by IMA on 12/12/2008
We hiked this in just about 2hrs. It was very muddy due to above freezing weather and recent snow. Besides the mud this trail was very beautiful and the views were amazing. Deers were grazing on the hillside. It is quite a workout with the inclines and slopes.
Reviewed by Cara on 8/8/2008
I've been going to MW Park since I was probably 7 years old, and have done the whole hike many times. It's a beautiful walk with so much to see, and something almost anyone should be able to do.
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