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Dawson Butte Open Space Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (19)

A five-mile loop through forested areas with open meadows and views of the Front Range Mountains.


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5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

Loop

6,841' 2,085 m

High

6,531' 1,991 m

Low

398' 121 m

Up

405' 123 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers

Description

The five-mile loop trail on Dawson Butte Open Space travels through mostly forested areas with open meadows and views of the Front Range Mountains. The trail follows gently rolling terrain but near the bottom or southwest part of the trail, there's a section with a lot of sand.

Going clockwise from the parking lot, the first two miles of the trail are through meadows populated with stands of scrub oak. This portion of the trail descends about 400 feet. At the two-mile mark, the trail begins to climb and for the next two miles passes through a Ponderosa pine forest. A picnic area is located at mile three.

The trail climbs steadily for the last three miles, and after mile four passes through the top of a meadow before ending at the parking lot. Multiple side trails allow for a customized hike of varying distances. The trail provides numerous excellent views of the Front Range and the Palmer Divide.

This is a multi-use trail; be aware of your surroundings and of other users.

Flora & Fauna

Scrub oak, pondarosa pine, meadow grasses and wildflowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Richard Cota

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  3.7 from 19 votes

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  3.7 from 19 votes
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Dawson Butte.
Aug 17, 2017 near Perry Park, CO
Dawson Butte.
Aug 17, 2017 near Perry Park, CO
A peaceful meadow and the Front Range Foothills.
Aug 17, 2017 near Perry Park, CO
Path into the forest.
Aug 17, 2017 near Perry Park, CO
The climb out.
Aug 17, 2017 near Perry Park, CO

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Sep 12, 2021
Garth Lamson
This was an extremely easy hike. I thought going in that it was not for me. Once I started hiking I realized the variation of hiking through the wo… 5mi
Mar 6, 2021
Bill Carter
5mi — 1h 30m
Feb 11, 2021
Bill Carter
5mi — 1h 30m
Oct 20, 2020
Bill Carter
5mi — 1h 30m
Sep 17, 2020
Nic Lengyel
Sep 4, 2020
Chris W
Aug 1, 2020
Mike Kruger
took a shortcut. could be good to do with Andersons 4.5mi — 4h 00m
Jul 7, 2020
Sean wadleigh
the milage on this app doesn't report correctly 5mi