Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail Loop

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Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail Loop is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morrison, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles 1190 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Dakota Ridge Trail is a 6.5 mile loop trail located near Lakewood, Colorado that offers scenic views. It is possible to link to Matthew Winters/Red Rocks trails to create a longer loop. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

hiking
26 days ago

The Dakota Ridge side was ok. It was not as remote as I like with views of freeways and car noise. The trail was rugged but not a terrible hike. The Red Rocks trail was better with more people but better views. I would probably do an out and back on the Red Rocks trail if I did this hike again.

1 month ago

Dakota ridge part very technical. Red rocks great steady trail running.

hiking
1 month ago

Want a work out with enough flat land to catch your breath? This is it!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike with great views, perfect length on an awesome weekend

1 month ago

very technical rocks and drops ... some spots ride real close to the edge be cautious of dropoffs and line choice when at high speeds.
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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This puppy is steep in places but a worthy challenge with surroundings inviting enough to encourage deviation from the marked trails. A quick hike. The trail adjacent to it was heavily trafficked, but a brisk, steep climb. Beware lack of cover means heavy sun exposure near midday. No rattlesnakes observed in early August

4 months ago

Good Trail with some more challenging parts. Great view of red rocks on one side

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with a lot of breathtaking views along the way. Definitely would be insanely hard mountain bike but hiking wasn't too bad. We just did the Dakota Ridge trail to the end and back and it ended up being about 4.5 miles. We heard several people say watch out for rattlesnakes.. Luckily we didn't come across any. Would definitely hike this trail again.

hiking
5 months ago

Be warned! If you do both of these trails as the description displays it will be more like an 8 mile hike.. Not 5.9 miles. I really enjoyed the views from the Dakota Ridge trail. Be aware it is on a ridge so it can have the ankle bending effect. The only bummer is the Dakota Ridge has freeways on both sides. Makes it a good hike for headphones to block out the sound of the cars. I saw someone mountain biking on the Dakota trail and looked like he wasn't having much fun.

hiking
5 months ago

Long but good!

trail running
5 months ago

Amazing views of nature at its finest! Great history of Red Rocks Amphitheater as well! Rock ON!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike nice views of Red Rocks. Trail is pretty much straight forward so you shouldn't get lost just follow signs and have a hikin day

5 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

Very technical, expert trail.

6 months ago

6 months ago

Good views and steep climbs on the ridge. Pleasant flats near Red Rocks.

6 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago