Farm Lane to Hidden Mesa Trail

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Farm Lane to Hidden Mesa Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Franktown, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
541 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

Ride or hike this 1224-acre open space buffer between Castle Rock and Franktown. Embark on this soft-surface trail from the trailhead at the old homestead at Parker Road. Follow the farm lane as it crosses over Cherry Creek and then winds up to the top of the mesa where it loops around viewpoints,

trail running
11 months ago

Live nearby so this is my local running go-to. Pretty views to the west from the top of the butte, not much else to say. My dog is also a big fan.

11 months ago

Did trail run today with a couple of loops around the Mesa. trails are in great shape. Not much shaded area so start early if hot. Nothing technical except maybe the short steeper climb (few hundred meters) from hidden Mesa trail to the top intersection with rim loop trail.
Excellent views from top.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Used this trail for adjusting to new Packs. Pretty flat and easy small climb to top of ridge. Lots of mountain bikers and few hikers. Reports from people about lots of snakes being seen on the trail, we were lucky enough to be later towards sunset and did not run into any.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

While not the most scenic hike in Colorado, this hike offered low traffic and mild elevation, which was exactly what we were looking for. We parked at the HIdden Mesa trailhead. It has a porta potty and a shaded picnic facility there. The first couple of miles seemed basically flat, and the surface was dirt, and not rocky. There is a short stretch of paved trail where it intersects with the Cherry Creek Trail, but there is a dirt track on either side of the pavement.

After the dirt part of the trail, there is a short incline of rocky loose trail going up to the top of the mesa. This incline lasts less than a quarter mile. On top of the mesa, it is basically flat. There are some areas where you are walking on rock continuously (huge rock surfaces, not individual rocks) and the trail is marked by marker posts so you can follow it. Where the trail is not rock, it is either single track dirt, or dirt with rocks. It is mostly flat on the top of the mesa as far as elevation goes, but the trail can be a bit uneven with the varied surfaces.

We went several days after heavy rain and there was mud in a few spots still that we had to walk through or around, depending on placement on the trail. The area is well-marked with trail signs at each intersection. There are several benches on the mesa and chained metal bowls for you to put water in for your pooches.

The trail was not very busy. More mountain bikers than hikers. It doesn't have any shade at all and the scenery is scrub with views of farmlands as well as distant views of the mountains. It is very quiet. At the start of the hike, there is a bridge over a decent size creek that in May still had plenty of water in it.

I gave this 5 stars since it's well-marked, good surface, long distance but easy, which was exactly what we were looking for and is exactly as described. Of course, there are many more trails that would be more gorgeous in the mountains, but for a person recovering from achilles issues, this is a great surface and flat-ish terrain that is hard to find in Colorado.

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Nice walk. The dogs enjoyed it. Busy trail on a Sunday afternoon.

Friday, March 10, 2017

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Great hiking trail for kids!

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Took my dog on the trail. She loved it. We were both getting overheated though because there is not enough shade on the trail. It was about mid-day and there were a lot of mountain bikers.

trail running
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Great practice for mountain runs

Monday, September 12, 2016

Nice hike, good views, we prefer more foresty area with more shade.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Great walk close to home! Gets warm quickly as there is little shade! Dogs love cooling off in Cherry Creek

mountain biking
Friday, March 25, 2016

Great trail for knocking the rust off your mountain biking skills.

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

Beautiful views. Great trails.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Great trail for running with dog (leashed). Did this at end of October when it starts to get too cold to go hiking up in Mountains. Need to watch out for mountain bikers but traffic wasn't bad on the particular day I went. Will definitely be doing it again!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

A nice hike that is easy to complete. It starts at an old farm house on a dirt trail leading to bridge that crosses the river. Eventually the trail turns to a paved path before bearing off to another dirt trail that steadily gains its way up hill.

The trail switches between sandy areas and washed out riverbed type rocks. The trail loop takes you along the ridge giving excellent views. There is plenty of wildlife and beautiful flora.

The trail is accessible to both cyclists and horses which means paying lots of attention to where you step. Also due to the miles it takes longer then expected, it was dark before we got back to the trailhead.

hiking
Thursday, July 17, 2014

I enjoy this trail because it's close to home. Well maintained. Nice views. A relatively mild hike. It gets busier on the weekends and evenings.

hiking
Friday, October 18, 2013

This is an easy trail for hiking as a previous reviewer wrote. I hiked on a day with perfect weather, few people, dogs mostly on leashes, only one rattler on the trail. Good day. The trail is 2.3 miles to the mesa, 2.3 miles on the mesa, 2.3 miles return to the car. There is an alternate trailhead on the west side of the mesa that is a very short hike to the top of the mesa. All in all, lovely, quiet day.

hiking
Monday, August 12, 2013

Took my dog on this hike today ... trail is well groomed and easy - very easy ... there is one short incline that is rocky, but that's it ... otherwise, a breeze. Not crowded at all, which was nice. However, personally, I was not impressed and probably will not go back. It wasn't even what I would consider on the low-end of the moderate in complexity, the scenery and views aren't near as appealing as other nearby locales. If one is wanting a quick, easy hike to at least get some activity,close to home - this will fit the bill.

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