Hidden Mesa Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Franktown, CO that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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.
dogs on leash
Ride or hike this 1224-acre open space buffer between Castle Rock and Franktown. Embark on this soft-surface trail from the trailhead at the old homestead at Parker Road. Follow the farm lane as it crosses over Cherry Creek and then winds up to the top of the mesa where it loops around viewpoints,
Took my dog on the trail. She loved it. We were both getting overheated though because there is not enough shade on the trail. It was about mid-day and there were a lot of mountain bikers.
Great practice for mountain runs
Nice hike, good views, we prefer more foresty area with more shade.
Great walk close to home! Gets warm quickly as there is little shade! Dogs love cooling off in Cherry Creek
Great trail for knocking the rust off your mountain biking skills.
Beautiful views. Great trails.
Great trail for running with dog (leashed). Did this at end of October when it starts to get too cold to go hiking up in Mountains. Need to watch out for mountain bikers but traffic wasn't bad on the particular day I went. Will definitely be doing it again!
A nice hike that is easy to complete. It starts at an old farm house on a dirt trail leading to bridge that crosses the river. Eventually the trail turns to a paved path before bearing off to another dirt trail that steadily gains its way up hill.
The trail switches between sandy areas and washed out riverbed type rocks. The trail loop takes you along the ridge giving excellent views. There is plenty of wildlife and beautiful flora.
The trail is accessible to both cyclists and horses which means paying lots of attention to where you step. Also due to the miles it takes longer then expected, it was dark before we got back to the trailhead.
I enjoy this trail because it's close to home. Well maintained. Nice views. A relatively mild hike. It gets busier on the weekends and evenings.
This is an easy trail for hiking as a previous reviewer wrote. I hiked on a day with perfect weather, few people, dogs mostly on leashes, only one rattler on the trail. Good day. The trail is 2.3 miles to the mesa, 2.3 miles on the mesa, 2.3 miles return to the car. There is an alternate trailhead on the west side of the mesa that is a very short hike to the top of the mesa. All in all, lovely, quiet day.
Took my dog on this hike today ... trail is well groomed and easy - very easy ... there is one short incline that is rocky, but that's it ... otherwise, a breeze. Not crowded at all, which was nice. However, personally, I was not impressed and probably will not go back. It wasn't even what I would consider on the low-end of the moderate in complexity, the scenery and views aren't near as appealing as other nearby locales. If one is wanting a quick, easy hike to at least get some activity,close to home - this will fit the bill.