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trail running
15 hours ago

Nice trail for a liesurely hike or run. Easy going switchbacks up to the Dakota Ridge Trail. I took to the right for some good views and a bit more challenging stair cimb up to the top of the ridge. Will definately be going back to sample some of the other trails in the area.

3.8 miles 1950 ft elevation. Awesome hike for how short it is and close to Denver, we did it in the evening for sunset and there was a show going on at Red Rocks below. Some sections are pretty steep and sandy, trekking poles recommended, definitely wear decent shoes. Final scramble to the top is lots of fun.

Watch for rattlesnakes. Not small dog friendly

Beautiful Trail. Very little tree coverage so plan accordingly with sun and heat.

hiking
7 days ago

Very interesting archeological site. The hike is easy on the road, shared with road cyclists. I thought it was really interesting to see the old seabed and footprints and more. Combined with the Dakota ridge trail it’s a nice hike. No shade, so don’t forget the sunscreen. The Dakota ridge trail can be somewhat challenging in the heat, i for one had a slightly hard time because my body doesn’t handle heat very well. Probably best enjoyed early morning or evening before sunset.

hiking
7 days ago

Short hike to get to the Dakota ridge trail. I combined this hike with Dakota and dinosaur ridge. In itself not very exciting.

hiking
7 days ago

Very beautiful views. I combined this hike with the zorro trail and dinosaur ridge. I would rate it more towards moderate. It’s not a hard hike, but it also not very easy. If you are not in shape the climbing might cause some issues.

hiking
11 days ago

I only came to see the dinosaurs but a neat walk, the ridge offers nice views of the surrounding region.

hiking
11 days ago

I’ve hiked this trail today and it’s a very beautiful trail. It doesn’t follow the red rock trail for most of the hike, it turns onto a black trail. But it’s absolutely worth it. You can also choose to continue following the red rocks trail, it’s an easier trail with less ascending. However if you are in a decent shape, take the black trail via the top of the mountain for beautiful views of the city. Watch out for rattle snakes, I’ve seen one sunbathing on the trail. More people have seen them a lot sunbathing.

hiking
12 days ago

Dog friendly!

hiking
14 days ago

This trail had nice views and diverse terrain. I would say it is not kid friendly as there are many places a child could fall over the edge and parts that were very steep or rocky.

Nice hike with limited shade so sun screen or an early start is best. Nice views of red rocks area and worth the “walk”.

Awesome hike, great views!

Just did this hike today! For the next few weeks, please BEWARE. I saw a mountain lion about 2.4 Miles into my hike (the lookout point shortly after you see red rocks). Lions are always out there, but just be careful.

Great, challenging trail with beautiful views on all sides! By the end of it, my watch said 4 miles round trip with 1,963 ft elevation gain. I’d advise starting pretty early if you’re going in the summer. We didn’t get started until around 10:30 so we got to the top around 12:15. Coming back down was a little too hot! Total, it took us an hour and 45 to get to the top and an hour to get down. Make sure you bring plenty of water and maybe a couple of snacks!

Warning: Part of the powerline that follows the trail unhooked and fell crossing the trail. I didn't see any exposed wires, but I wasn't keen to find out if it was active or not. Easy enough to step over.

Don’t be deceived by the tourist hot spot nearby, this is a real hike. My watch clocked 2 miles to the top and an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. The hike itself is rewarding with great view at the top. Wear sturdy soles shoes, the terrain is craggy. Definitely worth doing.

Was great for beginners. Not too rocky depending on which path you take. Didn't see much wildlife though, aside from a ton of butterflies and grasshopper. I would say light trafficking but I got there at 9am and stayed to 11am. (on my way out there were a handful of people coming in)

hiking
29 days ago

Great evening hike close to Denver. Went Monday evening and there were few others on the trail. Cool view of Red Rocks

Short but challenging and beautiful hike. This is great 14er practice without committing a full day or travelling far from Denver.

Very challenging trail and it is great for exercise of a class 2 hiking trail. Few areas are just plain steep dirt with little loose rocks here and there and I would imagine it will be very slippery and muddy during wet season. About 3/4 to the top is a little scrambling. Short and intense.

hiking
1 month ago

I do this trail weekly (if I’m not traveling). Nice in the early morning or late evening. Good glimpses of wildlife but a great place to decompress and enjoy the outdoors.

This was a beautiful and challenging hike with great views of Red Rocks and downtown Denver. We did the complete out-and-back and it ended up being 3.8 miles with nearly a 2,000 ft. elevation gain. It’s definitely a steep climb to the top, but the views are worth it. The path is also lined with beautiful wildflowers! Be aware of loose rocks and pack lots of water!

1 month ago

A beauty! We jumped onto Dakota Ridge and made a nice loop!

Definitely difficult but doable if you’re in decent condition. Great views of Denver on one side and the mountains on the other. I missed the entrance the first time around so keep your eyes peeled.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy day hike with a view of Red Rocks

Good for a quick hike and a little sweat!! Would be hard if not in physical hiking condition.

Holy wow am I sore. Such a great hike, though. The continuous incline may prove pretty difficult, but the trek down far surpasses the hike up; it's actually pretty scary in some spots, so wear good hiking shoes/boots to save yourself from sliding on the loose rock and sand, particularly at the top where one fall could break some serious bones or worse. Take it slow, bring plenty of water, and be ready to sweat--a lot. Zero tree coverage, as well, so some may need sunscreen. It really is worth the effort as the veiws at the top are some of the best I have seen in the area. No rattlesnakes this time around but others seem to bump into them quite a bit. Be wary of that, too. The summit rests all the way at the tippy-top of the foothill, so just when you think you're done, keep going. Aim for the communcations tower and you'll be climbing (literally) hand and foot up to a great accomplishment near the end. Get out and do it!

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