Dakota Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 367' 112 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 5,962' 1,817 m
Low: 5,596' 1,706 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“An enjoyable ridgeline alternative to the wider Sanitas Valley Trail.”— Megan W
From here, the trail snakes its way along the rocky spine of Dakota Ridge using wooden steps and rock outcrops to gain elevation. The packed dirt trail is singletrack (one person wide) and has more rocks and roots than the Sanitas Valley Trail. A couple of spur trails (Dakota Ridge Upper and Lower Cutoffs) can be used as shortcuts to escape down to the Sanitas Valley Trail.
The steepest pitch comes about 1/3 of the way up, but soon eases to a mellow grade. Ponderosa pine line the trail as it passes below rocky slabs. Pause during your climb to look down valley southwards towards the impressive Bear Peak and profile of the iconic Flatirons. The trail terminates at a nice bench with sweeping views over Boulder.