Red Rocks / Dakota Ridge Loop is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Morrison, Colorado 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
Nice long stroll type of a hike for the dog and I. Easy terrain and very beautiful, especially towards the end of the journey.
no good views.... but a good hike none the less
The trail itself was very nice. It was pretty and had a nice ambience. It was like a mini Mt Falcon or mini Mt Galbraith but even prettier. Just shorter.
The amount of mountain bikers was INSANE. I could not go 5 mins without having to stop to let some bikes barrel by. Some were nicer than others. Saw a runner get edged off the path at one point. Something really needs to be done about this. Maybe make the whole loop one way for hikers, runners, bikes, everyone. It was really annoying to having to watch in front and in back for bikes. At one point some were coming towards and from behind at the same time and had a little traffic jam while all I wanted was to make it back before the rain. I didn't encounter any off leash dogs, just a few leashed. I don't think I'll be returning here.
The trail itself is rather nice. The Morrison Slide leg has a rather steep climb initially. There are some very nice views from the top of the ridge. However, the trail is incredibly busy with bikers and dogs not on leash. The amount of traffic greatly detracts from the overall experience.