Hidden Mesa Trail to Cherry Creek Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Castle Rock, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.5 miles
498 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


partially paved




no shade

This is a route between Hidden Mesa's upper and lower trailheads. Start at the upper trailhead, running (or biking, hiking, whatever) down the rocky mesa trail to the lower trailhead. Turn around and run back up to the top of the mesa, now wishing you'd have saved the downhill part of the route for the return trip and fully appreciating the name of the route. There are bathrooms at both trailheads. Parking is fairly limited at the upper trailhead. Dogs allowed on leash. Please clean up after your dogs using the free materials provided for doing so.

trail running
9 months ago

This is a trailhead to trailhead out and back run (ride, hike, trot, whatever) at Hidden Mesa Open Space. It's 6.66 miles with a healthy burst of elevation to climb back up the mesa. Short section of paved pathway (Cherry Creek Trail) to traverse near the Franktown-side trailhead. Given the mileage and how that burst of elevation feels on the return, I refer to it as Devil's Traverse (but apparently alltrails isn't on board with that...)

5 months ago