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Mount Morrison  


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BETA PHOTO: Joyce and some guys just above the gunsight notch

All the East side routes are closed.

Description 

Mount Morrison is the tall hump of slag just to the west of Red Rocks amphitheatre. It officially is in Red Rocks Park. Back in the 1890s there was a funicular railway to the top of Mt. Morrison, and people would come all the way out from Denver to have a picnic at the top. Although Mt. Morrison isn't a rock climbing destination, it is a fine after work pump for your legs and lungs and has some excellent scrambling. The view from the summit is great, with city-scapes to the east and the splendor of the Front Range spread out before you to the west. Often you will spot the resident herd of deer or the local Golden Eagle as he soars. Mt. Morrison can be climbed all year round. Beware of rattlesnakes in the high summer.

Getting There 

Find your way to Red Rocks Park near Morrison. Head either north from the town of Morrison on the Hogback Rd. or south from Golden on the Heritage Rd. Make your way up to the top parking lot. If there is a concert at the amphitheatre parking can be a problem.

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Weather station 6.2 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Morrison:
Mountaineer Route   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, 1440'   
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Looking down from the nasty section above the guns...

Funicular Route 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a  CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Mount Morrison
The Funicular Route is a straight line shot to the top of Morrison. From the road, it is an obvious gash up the side of the mountain. It is the bed of the old funicular railway. The route heads up a ridge for several hundred feet, crosses a relatively flat area, then heads up the steep, east-facing slope to a rock band. Make your way through the rock band at a gunsight notch, where you will encounter some 3rd class scrambling. More loose stuff gets you to a shoulder and the last steep ramp ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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View from the summit.
View from the summit.

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By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Mar 4, 2013
The South Ridge is the only way to legally walk to the summit right now. The other routes were closed off at the beginning of the summer in 2012.