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Hidden Mesa

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A lollipop loop trail up and around Hidden Mesa.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

Lollipop

6,509' 1,984 m

High

6,063' 1,848 m

Low

453' 138 m

Up

459' 140 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

Enter Cobblestone Ranch from Parker Road one mile north of Franktown. After crossing the bridge, there is a small gravel lot to park. Head across the street to pick up the Cherry Creek Trail. After approximately 0.3 miles, there is a sign for the Hidden Mesa Trail. From there, it is a climb to the top of the mesa which you can do in either direction by following the small signs.

Description

This hike is a loop that starts at the entrance of Cobblestone Ranch at the gravel parking lot. The route starts out on the Cherry Creek Trail, and then turns west on to the Hidden Mesa Trail after approximately 0.3 miles. There is a decent climb that begins gradually, but ends with a steeper section and lots of loose rocks towards the top. If you don't want to do the steep section, you can take Pleasant Pass. No matter which trail you take up, you'll then reach the Rim Loop Trail around the mesa, which is relatively flat but does cross some rocky sections.

Parking can also be found at the Hidden Mesa Open Space farther down Parker Road before Franktown, or there is a trailhead off of Pleasant View Drive that eliminates the climb to the top of the mesa.

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  3.7 from 9 votes

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Early April snow made for a beautiful day on the Hidden Mesa Trail.
Apr 4, 2017 near The Pinery, CO
Overlook on the Hidden Mesa Trail
Apr 13, 2015 near Castle…, CO

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Jan 4, 2021
William Carter
5.9mi
Sep 19, 2020
Jeff Conrad
1h 25m
Sep 14, 2019
Jared Herter
great hike. easy in. climb is a bit rough and loose rock. 5.9mi — 7h 30m
Mar 21, 2019
Lori Wagner
Mar 30, 2018
Brett Alessandri
7mi
Apr 4, 2017
Garth Lamson
Good hike in the snow. A bit flat but good for the beginner. Perfect for winter hiking and biking. 5mi
Aug 23, 2016
Suzanne Noël
Jun 1, 2016
Aaron A