Rawhide Trail

MODERATE 188 reviews

Rawhide Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

1 day ago

Brought family of all ages (from 3-63), and enjoyed this trail very much. Nothing too steep, saw some bugs, snakes and a deer from far away. Get there early, as not a ton of parking.

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4 days ago

Very nice, pretty easy and straightforward hike. Highly recommend going during the week for some solitude. I went counterclockwise on the All Trails map and I had no problems.

7 days ago

Went on a Sunday evening.. saw a bear, deer, a fox, and no people :). It was a really pretty and easy hike with city and mountain views. The last part of the trail (if you hike clockwise) on alltrails is a bit off (it is correct on the alltrails map, but the red line showing you where to go is off). Just keep following the signs and you'll be fine. It is well marked.

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15 days ago

This is a solid hike close to Denver. Did this with a group of people of all ages. You will cross a few small creeks here and there. There are some nice scenes walking around, and can see Denver too without it being noisy.

We saw people on horses, and bikes. You can also camp there !

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21 days ago

A beautiful trail that’s close to home for me. A detour (not sure how recent) adds about .7 mile to the total distance. You’re exposed about half the time, so bring enough water on a hot day. Bikers were friendly, and overall the trail was pretty dead on a Friday afternoon!

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21 days ago

Overcast afternoon, 54 degrees, almost no one out. Great hike, very quiet and easy to hear the forest

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22 days ago

Good hiking here & many other trails to connect to, to make your hike as long or short as you want. Enjoyed the solitude on a Wednesday afternoon, otherwise it's usually more crowded on the weekends. Close to home for me, so it's a go to spot if I'm crunched for time.

1 month ago

Awesome meadows. Mountain views. Lightly trafficked by other hikers. Some mountain bikers but not too many. Spotted lots of deer. Easy parking

1 month ago

It was great. Easy to moderate. Beautiful and easy to get to

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1 month ago

First half is dry and ashy like a fire once burned there but the other half is lush and green like fairies live there ;)

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2 months ago

A bit windy in places, but overall, a really great hike. Beautiful scenery and some fantastic rocks to be seen.

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2 months ago

Perfect day to hike on the trail, weather was perfect. Not very muddy, sections there was still some melted snow and mud mixed in but basically dry for the most part.

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2 months ago

We hiked this clockwise today...somehow it felt like we were ALWAYS going up? It was beautiful! A little muddy in spots, but nothing too serious. Just remember to walk THROUGH the mud and not around-- it damages and widens the trail when we step off, leading to even MORE mud as time goes on.

2 months ago

Hiked this trail today. Still pretty muddy but if it kept the hoards of people away, I’m fine with that. Nice easy hike with some moderate spots.

3 months ago

Love it

3 months ago

Feb. 13th, sunny skies with wind as usual. No extra traction needed unless you're super uncoordinated. Please pick up and pack out your dog waste, your yellow bag is just as unsightly as a pile of poo.

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4 months ago

Very calm and peaceful. Seen a few deer on the trail as well which was awesome

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4 months ago

Nice hike close to Denver. Great views of the eastern plains and downtown Denver but no mountain views. If you take Rawhide to make the loop there is a bench about half way that makes for a good place to rest and have a bite. Not a strenuous hike, a few shorts climbs and rocky in a few spots but very manageable for all skill levels. We hiked in fresh snow this day. We did not need spikes. However when the snow thaws and freezes extra traction will be a must. Overall a nice hike if you're looking for something close to Denver with not much distance.

4 months ago

Pros: great views, even from the parking lot; lots of trail options if you don’t want to hike the full 4.5 mile trail; plenty of parking; very few people on the trail

Cons: SO WINDY!!! It felt about 30 degrees cooler than it felt in Denver; the trail was quite snowy (I used yaktrax as well as trail running shoes and was glad I had both), loss of daylight is more noticeable here because of the mountains that block the sun- plan to be back at your car by 4:00 if you want full sunlight on the trail

All in all, I thought this was a beautiful trail. I cut my hike short because I knew I wouldn’t make it to the summit and back with my dog’s plodding pace, so I took at shortcut at the Wrangler trail (it cut the hike to 3 mi rather than 4.5). The wind was crazy strong - enough to blow my 80lb dog off the trail at points. I plan to do this hike again in the summer when there’s less snow and wind.

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4 months ago

Morning hike with great views.

5 months ago

Windy and cold but great! Only a little bit of ice and snow.

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5 months ago

Arrived on a Saturday around 1:30pm and there was ample parking available. We followed the trail as indicated-beginning to the northwest. The trail begins in open mountain meadows, spotted with pine trees. You will pass Wrangler's run, a cut-through which would provide a much shorter day, as well as the water-hole trail. The trail begins flat and wide, but becomes a little rockier and steeper as you progress around the loop. However, there is nothing strenuous about the grade as you make your way, just watch your footing for the occasional jutting or loose rock. One important note: The route indicated is not the route we ended up taking. On the east side of the loop, you will find a barrier put up by Jefferson Public Space that indicates a trail has been closed due to unsafe conditions. You will see this marker on the left. It's unclear what these conditions are. There was very little snow and ice on the path to this point, and most of the trail was bone-dry. We continued forward as there was no trail indicated on our GPS. A little bit up the the you will see the junction of rawhide and Wrangler's. As the trail indicates, you take the rawhide path to the left. if you are following GPS, it will show that you are on an trail not shown. No worries, continue to follow the Rawhide trail and it will lead you back to the lot. The whole journey took us a little over 2 hours. It should also be noted that our GPS indicated we have traveled just over 6 miles.

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9 months ago

Bring extra water, especially if you're bringing your dog. In the heat of the day this trail gets HOT and there's not always much shade. Streams are down to a trickle. It is gorgeous though, and I got a decent tan too!

10 months ago

Great hike!! Beautiful views and the elevation wasn't too tough. The trail was easy to follow and my 7 yr old Akita who has some arthritis in his front leg was able to navigate this trail with little problems!!

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10 months ago

Trailhead includes clean bathrooms and picnic area, along with historical farming equipment and signs explaining their use. Entrance is free, parking is adequate, and foot and bike traffic is low during the week. The first vista at the trailhead includes a rolling meadow and old cabin. Fantastic wildflowers.

10 months ago

Easy, not too much elevation change, a couple of nice views and great wildflowers everywhere.

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11 months ago

This trail is great for a half day trip. Beautiful views, lots of shaded areas, and a beautiful open area towards the end.

11 months ago

Lots of wild flowers, beautiful view...

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11 months ago

Great little hike, perfect for out of town guests you want to show a little of the beauty of Colorado without too much strenuous work!

11 months ago

Rolling hills and conifer forests and even a little creek for dogs. Lovely hike.

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