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3 days ago

Great hike for my daughter and I.

Great hike! Not hard but enjoyable! Make sure your dog is on the leash :)

Dakota Ridge side of loop rocky and I-470 in view most of way. Red Rocks side of loop very nice with feeling of being more away from city. Overall good workout and good views

hiking
5 days ago

Perfect

Nice loop, pretty difficult at times. Did it with my dog on a gorgeous early AM during the week, saw 1 hiker and later in the afternoon some mountain bikers. Pretty exposed at times, gorgeous views. It definitely felt like spring.

Some very steep drop offs if you are afraid of heights, which I am. I was able to do the whole thing but would not do it again or recommend to someone afraid of heights.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike! No issues with the trail when I went Saturday but they put up a fence so you cannot reach the summit anymore. You can still climb up the rock to a ledge to see out, but it’s not as great of a view with the trees out there. Lots of spaces to climb though if you’re interested. I’ll come back again when the fence is down and the cave is open.

It was a nice hike, but be aware of the summit- it’s not very spectacular. There are nice views on the way up and on the first half of the loop (going clockwise) but not much to see at the top but burned trees. The trail was in good shape and we enjoyed the walk. It took us (a family of 4) just over 2 hours.

Good hike, not too long or too short and a great view of Denver and Red Rocks

It’s a beautiful Sunday so we expected it to be a little crowded and it was- but only for the first part of the trail. Once we hit the loop, we only ran into a few people throughout the hike. The views are amazing- especially once you get into the loop. It does get tight in places and there are quite a few rocky areas to navigate but overall it was a fun and interesting trail!

Awesome short day hike! It is a little rocky in some spots just as a heads up. Took about 2hours to complete.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike. Incline was a majority of the hike, would have been easier if I wasn't wearing an infant. We went on a Sunday and it was pretty crowded but still totally worth it. I would do this again but on a weekday.

Great trail- I’d head south on the trail first to do the loop. Trail was dry and clear. Minor traffic- great views of Golden and Denver from the summit.

12 days ago

Best when you don’t have hours to spend but still want good hike.

I went on Thursday 4/12 at around noon. I really enjoyed this hike but we also had beautiful weather. Not far from Denver, parking lot was pretty full though. However, once on the trail I didn't see many people. Very scenic views of Golden. Was a relatively easy trail, I was going to do another loop but ran out of time. Took me about 2 hours and I took my time. Trail was marked pretty well except for a couple spots.

Parking lot was completely full (1pm), had to park down the highway a bit on the side of the rode. Trail was in good condition, though, mostly dry. Long stretches where there was no one else on the trail with me, which was great. Beautiful views of Golden, Denver, and the mountains. Great afternoon hike only 30 minutes from my house.

17 days ago

Lots of kids on this trail. Starts a ncarr, not to challenging, lots of uphill at the end, to see the cave have to climb up some rocks.

Decent trail. A bit muddy at first this time of year but it dries up not far in. The trail is narrow with a lot of rocks. Nice sweeping views of the valleys below.

hiking
20 days ago

Really nice foothill hike with decent views. I went on a Wednesday around 4pm and there were only two spots left in the parking lot. Quite a few mountain bikers, but they were all very courteous. The views on Morrison Slide trail were pretty awesome. The trail was completely dry, with the exception of a couple of small areas, which were not a big deal at all. There is very little tree cover on this trail, so prepare for that. I’m not sure I would want to do this trail in the summer for that reason. Also, I figure this is a prime location for rattle snakes when it does get hot, so I’m glad I got it out of the way when I did. All in all, it was a good hike and would be a great starter hike to bring lowland visitors as they adjust to the altitude.

Moderate length and ability mostly single track trail. There is a range of open, forest, and rocky terrain. A few good picnic spots up top. The views of Golden and Denver are pretty nice, but can't compare to some of the truly 5 star hikes in this state.

My wife and I really enjoyed this one. Was only slightly steep on the way to the reservoir but pretty easy overall. Lot of great views along the way and the reservoir at the end is beautiful. No ice or mud on the trail and just a couple small puddles. Very little traffic for a Sunday, although it was Easter Sunday.

hiking
24 days ago

Great short hike! Easy rise to the bottom of the final climb (it’s a climb for sure). Beautiful view from the top! The cave is closed for the season, but still worth the hike/climb. Under 2 hours out and back.

I liked the hike. Thought it was moderate and not difficult . Wonderful views. The downside is that it is quite busy and has quite a few mountain bikers

easy trail, family friendly. some small snow spots in the shade, easily avoidable. would like to explore the trail network around this one a bit more.

hiking
25 days ago

Moderately trafficked and just barely muddy this Saturday afternoon. Slow and steady start with a good elevation increase at the end. There is a rock wall before the gated off caves so you will need to use hands to climb. Saw some dads struggling to help their children up/down the wall. Saw a few adults of all ages that wouldn’t climb the wall (fraidy cats). The best views are at the top so don’t chicken out. All in all, quick and easy hike. Wouldn’t do it again for exercise, but would bring friends here for sweet views of the flat lands.

Love this hike! I have two pugs and it’s perfect hike for them and myself as well. Great views and easy terrain.

pretty scenary but nothing exceptional. moderately challenging trails. good amount of trails to close from.

One of my favorite trails! It’s short and sweet, but packs a good punch because of the elevation gain. Beautiful views year round and never too crowded.

A solid choice for a quick hike near the city. Trail was almost totally dry this weekend. Lots of runners, tons of dogs, many families. Seems like a good trail for almost anyone.

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