The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and
convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.
– Martin Luther King
Mount Morrison – 7,881 feet
The much-stomped slope above Denver’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater leads to a tower-bedecked summit.
Mount Morrison’s summit has the added distinction of being the highest point in Red Rocks Park.
Enjoy a tour of the Red Rocks Visitor Center after your hike to remember the concerts and music of yesteryear.
USGS 7.5´ Quadrangle: Morrison
Direct East Face – 1.4 miles RT, 1,381 feet net & total, Class 2
|Park in the uppermost parking lot that gives access to the Red Rocks Visitor Center or in the large dirt parking lot
below and to the north. From the upper intersection of the roads between these two parking lots,
walk 110 feet north on the upper road, and start up a steep, improbable use trail that climbs up
on the north side of a gully. This use trail soon becomes quite obvious. Follow it up an old, steep
“road,” that is so steep that the trail switchbacks up the road. Continue up the always steep use trail
as it climbs into the broad face to the north, and follow it through some rocks that echo the chords of countless concerts.
Arrive at the southeast corner of a serious 8-foot, barb-wire fence that surrounds the summit.
The facility inside the fence that is adjacent to the actual highpoint is no longer in use and unpowered.
Ignore the old high-voltage signs, stroll through a gap in the fence at its southeast corner,
and continue 150 feet up to Mount Morrison’s highest point. From this vinatge vantage, you can survey
Denver’s foothils and the high country from Longs to Evans.