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Dakota Ridge Trail

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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

6,004' 1,830 m

High

5,594' 1,705 m

Low

175' 53 m

Up

410' 125 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Geological Significance · Views · Wildflowers

TH is off Skyline Drive.

Need to Know

Open dawn to dusk

Description

The Hogbacks is a trail system that runs between a housing development and Skyline Drive.

The trail starts off Skyline Drive with moderate incline that is lined with Pinons & Junipers. A lot of tourists park at the TH and start Dakota Ridge Trail, however they quickly turn around and come back down as they realize they are in over their heads and have improper footwear. Within 0.5-miles the loose skree trail trail rapidly, ascends into full sun and runs alongside the very narrow ridge of Dakota Ridge Fromation. The ridge can be tricky and does require some class 2 scrambling. Along the ridge are great overviews of Skyline Drive. Eventually the trail heads up and over the crest of the Dakota Ridge Formation.

On the backside, the trail descends with moderate switchbacks and has open view of an outlying neighborhood of Canon City. Definitely can tell this is a neighborhood open space from the crest all the way to the end. From this side, at trails end either take Graneros Trail or Greenhorn Trail to Old Skyline Drive and back to parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Prickly Pear, Yucca, Cholla Cacti, Mixed Scrub

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Canon City

Shared By:

Hiking Project Staff with improvements by K Keiter

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Prickly Pear Bloom along Old Skyline Drive.
May 17, 2021 near Cañon C…, CO
Trail runs along the rocky steep rugged terrain.
May 17, 2021 near Cañon C…, CO
Cliff overlooks Skyline Drive and HWY 50.
May 17, 2021 near Cañon C…, CO
Easy grade.
May 17, 2021 near Cañon C…, CO
Trail goes up this from here. Class 2 scramble.
May 17, 2021 near Cañon C…, CO
Beginning descent to sweeping switchbacks.
May 17, 2021 near Cañon C…, CO

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May 16, 2021
K Keiter