Dakota Ridge Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.4 miElevation gain1,099 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningDog friendlyViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyNo shade
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The trail starts on the right side of the parking lot. A really fun trail that goes up and down a lot and some steep inclines. The trail is dusty and rocky, and you can hear the road. There are no bathroom at the trailhead. So please plan accordingly!

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Chris Denny
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really pleasant trail with great views. noisy though because you're always surrounded by roads, especially on the first portion.

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Ava Shomaker
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HikingGreat!

Hiked 4/7, totally dry and not muddy. Great views on either side of the ridge, and very cool vantage point for red rocks amphitheater. LOTS of bikes on the trail so be aware and be courteous.

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Dan Berry
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pretty easy. good shoes suggested. very dry. moderate shade.

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Jared Goff
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Good workout with up and down elevation a lot

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Adam Briggs
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Totally dry! A little busy but a great trail overall

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Adam King
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Solid workout, not a fan of the steady sound of traffic though.

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Whitney Horn
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WalkingGreat!No shade

Great hike today! Nice and sunny with good breeze! Trail is completely dry! Only seen few people and few mountain bikers, sure it busier on the weekend! Over all great 5.5 miles hike!

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Makenzie Todd
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Fun! Wear some trail shoes if you have them. Trail can get kinda slick with the rocks and dirt. Overall, enjoyed the hike but had to cut it short due to time. Will give it another go another day!

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Megan Holcomb
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Great rock hoppin’ trail. Downside is the trail is between 470 and 93, so can hear the hum of highways. Upside is it’s a fantastic quick hike if you are the human billy goat type and enjoy more technical foot placement. Lots of slabs and stairs with ups and downs after the initial short climb. No snow on 4/2. Several speedy mtn bikers so keep those doggos on a leash! Finished in 1 hr 45 min with a quick pace, brief jogging, and short stop at the lakes lookout point.

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Jane L
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Elijah 'Eagle' Lewis
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nice set of ups and downs, good views to the west.

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Morgan Haycraft
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Very beautiful hike close to the city. Lots of mountain bikers so stay alert

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Lisa Hall
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Trail was dry today. Beautiful rock formations. I would not enjoy this one on a hot day-very little shade. Walking sticks and ankle supporting boots would be a good idea-doable without either but some may enjoy this one more with. Noise from highway and not secluded.

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Neil Mehta
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Great trail, one small section (100 m) is snowy and another small section is muddy, but besides that great condition. No crampons needed.

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Tessie Montoya
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Sean Hoge
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Brenna Bustamante
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mostly clear except for a really short area

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roxann pool
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About 3 fourths of the trail was just fine and the rest was quite muddy and snowy. Beautiful day!

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Debbie Slavinski
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Aileen Sanchez
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pure slush today

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Cxl280 .
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Slushy and muddy for most of the trail.

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Thomas Persson
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Snowy and muddy

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Lauryn Kostopoulos
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Very muddy and snow packed! Nice views

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Matt Lynch
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Mark Brito
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Marcus Olson
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Great hike with beautiful views. Just know you’re never really away from any streets in your view. Still definitely worth it.

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Alex Mitchell
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Beautiful hike on a partially cloudy day! Keep one ear out for bikers. Steep incline at first then does a combination of uphill, flat, and downhill. Awesome views throughout the hike.

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