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Dakota Ridge Trail

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Length


2.4 Miles 3.8 Kilometers


347' 106 m

Ascent

-541' -165 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

6,629' 2,020 m

High

6,148' 1,874 m

Low

Shared By Scott Hosie

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A beautiful and rocky ridge trail.

Scott Hosie

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Description

Hiking along the ridge between Red Rocks Amphitheater and Green Mountain, this varied and wild trail can be used in either direction.

The western access point is at Hogback Road and I-70, while eastern access is from Hogback Road across from the entrance to Red Rocks park. Climbing steeply from the Hogback Road, this doubletrack turns left and changes to singletrack near the top of the ascent.

The singletrack then contours its way up to the ridge with incredible views of the red sandstone formations along the Front Range. Once the trail reaches the ridge, it becomes more rugged. The route is entirely rock, jutting out of the ground at various angles. Oftentimes, the surface is covered in a light dusting of sand.

As you traverse the ridge to the south, the trail begins to descend. This portion of trail has many water bars which make for nice steps as you descend.

Along the trail there are a few spots where you can find dinosaur fossils if you know where to look. If you hike the road at the end of the trail there are several well-marked spots with fossils showing in the rocks of the Hogsback.

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Mar 16, 2019
Austin S
Beautiful Views, very nice hike
Dec 16, 2018
Michelle T
Short and sweet, but still gets the heart pumping. Beautiful views are an extra bonus. 4.8mi
Oct 21, 2018
Jennifer Kristin
not the best for visitors. near the highway. not great views.
Jul 19, 2018
Brian Rempel
4.8mi
Jun 26, 2018
Alvaro Cedano
Fun short trail. Nice views and good times! 2.4mi
May 15, 2018
Joshua Pratt
2mi
Apr 4, 2018
Debby R
Pretty good workout - technical at parts with some good hills. Meet up hike with Bernard. 3.5mi
Mar 4, 2018
Charles Mau

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  4.0 from 7 votes

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