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We visited Dawson's Butte and completed the 5.0 mile trail loop on January 13th. What a beautiful hike and so much fun for snowshoeing! We will definitely be back during the spring and again in the fall.

Easy family tromp. Multi-use, enough uphill to get the heart going. Good view of the Front Range and Denver. Adequate parking and coffee shop (Monk and Mongoose) just down the road.

All snow, a little muddy but the trail is lined out perfect. Great afternoon hike. 1/52

It’s a great way to see a view of the whole city! It’s pretty windy when you get to the top, so take a wind breaker!

Went on Saturday at 9:30 am. There were four cars in the parking lot. I imagine in summer it is a bit more crowded. There was more snow then expected. Two people had gone before me on the trail with snow shoes so I was able to follow. I did not have snow shoes so was glad they cut the trail.
North side you can hear the cars from Tomah Road, but you are not walking right on the road, stil a little break between them. The trail is rolling hills and most pleasant views. The snow made it a bit magical.

Great views of mountains and city, did not expect that being right in the middle of the city setting.
It was nice to get a quick/challenging hike in, then go to lunch, then get grocery shopping done all in one trip!

Awesome hike! Went up in November 2018, trail was pretty icy / snowy but could hike it in sneakers (did a lot of butt slides on the way down). The fire tower is well worth the hike and then the climb when you reach it.

Getting to the trail head was very very bumpy and slow moving in some spots.

We hiked this in the snow today and the compacted snow trail was easy to follow. Great views all the way around and the elevation changes added some challenge. The herd of deer was fun to see.

off road driving
7 days ago

Went out here today, it was a lot of fun.

Snow was approx 8-12 inches deep on much of the road making it quite a challenge. Several people needed pulled out after getting stuck

Views on this road are amazing, but I did not encounter anything that would make this anywhere near “moderate” without the snow.

Great hike, big sweeping views. Completed today.. Wild highly recommend bringing Snowshoes and Microspikes.

Why exposed, no water.

Fun, easy ride bike t watch out for loose sand and hikers.

Way fun trail. A little more on the rocky side at the north tip in several areas, but hey we live in the rockies, run higher air pressure guys. Plenty of views with sitting areas. Open spaces on the tops of ridges, totally awesome if you want to bring the kids and blow their minds. Saw several elk in several places. Some areas on the south east side through the pines were ridiculous radical with switch backs and lip hits so you can throw mean airs and smash turns in between. Adrenaline was maxing in several areas. Ridge sections were way skinny in several ridge areas, like almost 12 inches, so be careful when your Mad Maxxing through sections and your on the gas, you might take a digger off the ledge. This made for a Moab like pucker factor right here in castle rock which I just find amazing. This trail system is totally sick and I will return and ride it often. There is mostly mountain bike traffic, lots of it. After today I might need treatment for addiction. #SurfTheEarth

11 days ago

Great trail, so long as you’re prepared. If you find a 4+ inch fixed blade Gerber knife along the scramble, his name is Brütus; please treat him kindly, sharpen him weekly

very easy walk with beautiful views in some locations.

Love this trail........and do so does my dog!

So so trail. Lots of trash and dog waste. We also saw people carving their names into the rock at the top. Good for a quick hike/trail run. Sad that it’s so trashed. Leave no trace people!! This could be a great trail if people cared a bit more about their environment.

15 days ago

Did this loop on Christmas Day-easy to navigate since snow had melted but very few signs to guide you-make sure you have gps to find Monument rock.

Lots of horse poop but a nice hike for the kids to walk.

Fun hike near Denver. With half the population of the front range. Parking can fill up early.

Great hike! Many different perspectives with the recovering burn providing unobstructed views for the first few miles (also sunny and warm, bring sunscreen!). At end of December there was some snow in the shaded areas but no winter gear needed.

easy, beautiful but not well marked.

Super easy hike and we would give it five stars but all the horse sh*t on the entire trail was a little rough. Why are dog owners expected to clean up after their dogs but horses can open up the poop chute whenever and their owners can disregard it? It’s poop, people. If it comes out of a butthole, I don’t want to step in it...I don’t care what the animal ate.

Anyway! Great Christmas Day hike! We will be back!

Great hike for wife, dog and I. No problem following trail. It’s an easy moderate.

trail running
1 month ago

Great run from Cabelas into Bluffs on the East West Regional. Some tough hills no matter which direction you choose. Good views and plenty of wildlife in the morning.

Nice trails. Easy walk with lovely views. Lots of folks on horses but no bikes which is great we did a 6 mile loop

1 month ago

Great Views on this one! It was very icy/slippery especialy on the decent, so bring appropriate gear if you plan on going in the winter months.

Great trail. Amazing views. Can see Pikes Peak from the top of Chautauqua Mountain. Enjoyable Hike.

Open last weekend. Great trail.

long hike but well worth the veiw from the top did it in sept had nice weather

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