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Spruce Canyon Trail

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: A flat three-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
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Ontario's Near North, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I had wanted to combine the Petroglyph Point Loop and the Spruce Canyon Loop into one hike, because they share an access trail that branches off to the right about half way down the Spruce Tree House Trail. However, after a few hundred feet they split into separate directions: the SCL continues straight and the PPL moves left up some... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We opted to do this hike instead of fighting the crowds at Spruce Tree House and were very glad we did. Be sure to take lots if water if it's hot.

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Los Angeles, California
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772 reviews 772 reviews
375 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I like to begin this hike in the picnic area (where most people end it). Pick up a booklet from the Chapin Mesa Museum or ask a ranger. Otherwise you can pick it up off the Spruce Tree House trail and end in the picnic area. Moderately difficult (due to elevation) so take a snack and water with you. Nice... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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123 reviews 123 reviews
41 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This was a 2 hour afternoon walk. Most of it down from the trailhead and along the bottom of a canyon. Well-worn trail, pretty, no strain. At the end, however, you have to hike up out of the canyon on a steep trail with loose rocks. Take and drink water. We passed one young man who had collapsed by the... More

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Montreal
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

An easy trail, with few people and a tranquil setting. There are some switchbacks on the way down and a gradual ascent on the way up.

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Seattle
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

the vegetation in mid-May was very beautiful. Yucca were blooming, as was gilia and some other flowers. It was a nice time to visit because it wasn't exceptionally hot.

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Durango
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13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

A bit of a uphill walk back but worth it....short and very safe trail no ladders!

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Bergenfield, NJ, USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Absolutely beautiful!Great trail,easy and empty.great views of some of the cliff dwellings and surrounding area. I went with a friend,a non-hiker and she was arable to finish hike and enjoy it. You may want to do it the second day in the area so you can acclimate to altitude.The entire Mesa Verde Park is incredible.

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Toronto, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
65 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We went on several of the guided tours but this one was self-guided. It may be worth dodging the bus tours as we had one just behind us and it looked very busy. The climbing is a little easier on this one then some of the guided tours.

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Gainesville, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

Worthwhile trail, but at times pretty difficult. It took us about 2 1/2 hours due to needing frequent rests and cool off periods. At one point, there is a place where you have to climb a rock about 3 feet high (more than just a high step up). The guide states it is 2.4 miles but I normally walk 2... More

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