Ridgeline Open Space Loop

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Ridgeline Open Space

Ridgeline Open Space Loop is a 9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Castle Rock, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,076 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

No parking fee or park fee. You can also find lots of street parking.

hiking
14 days ago

Sweet sweet trail with some pretty scenery. Trails are clean. Great for hiking trail running and mountain biking

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail system on the edge of our neighborhood!! Love CO open space...

mountain biking
closed
muddy
2 months ago

I know this would be a sweet trail if I had the chance to ride it. Showed up around approximately 400PM to the trailhead to find the parking lot partially blocked off and the trailheads roped off. A lady was just coming off the trail and she said that when she started none of that was there and she seemed pretty surprised when she arrived back to her car. She also said that the trails are pretty muddy. Be sure to check the crgov.com/trailconditions website for current conditions. Here's the current report: Trail closure All soft-surface trails are currently closed until further notice. Please check back for updates. Don't be fooled! Despite the nice weather, 70-80% of our trails are icy, snow covered and muddy because the ground is still frozen. Using muddy trails can lead to extensive damage and slick conditions. As soon as conditions improve, the trails will be reopened. Thank you all for your patience.

hiking
2 months ago

Trails are back open! Thanks to everyone who respected staying off the trails while they were closed.

hiking
closed
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Although the weather has been beautiful out and is forecasted to be nice through this weekend, we are advising trail users to stay off the unpaved trails. Due to the amount of snow and ice melting there will be muddy conditions. Please respect the trails during the melting periods. Thank you.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Kinda boring, seems better suited for bikes. A little snow but don't need snowshoes or anything.

icy
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

We spent a really pleasant couple of hours exploring the open space. Though I don’t believe we travelled terribly far, we had a great time detouring and moving about. The trail is a good 9 miles, so there’s plenty to do and a good distance to travel!

running
no shade
9 months ago

I use this trail weekly for trail running. It’s challenging enough and it can always be made more difficult depending on which route you take. I can see how it would get pretty confusing with all the different paths though. It’s very popular with mountain bikers also, so be aware when you are going around blind turns. And please keep your dog on a leash, there’s a lot of wildlife in the area, including mountain lions. I’ve seen quite a few leftover deer parts right off the trail.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Great trail for a quick ride, little shade, but some challenging ascents. Being a towny trail there are a few spots that cross into pavers. Also a lot of branches for hikers and runners to drop off and a few spots that run out to the streets. It can be easy to get turned around for 1st timers so while it maybe annoying having so many branches it can help if you want to double back. Overall sweet ride and great local options.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great mountain bike ride. Fun, but not overly technically challenging.

mountain biking
10 months ago

One of the best mountain biking trails in the town of Castle Rock! Lots of riders and runners stay alert.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Definitely a BIKE TRAIL. I personally prefer the trails with more "WONDERS" not just plain. But GREAT for bikes.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

06/07/2019 - no parking fee or park fee - lots of parking - no shade - great for mountain biking - I don’t prefer it for hiking

mountain biking
11 months ago

First time on this loop. Very good ride today. Will definitely be back out here!

mountain biking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Very fun trail to bike

mountain biking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Very fun trail to bike

mountain biking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Very fun trail to bike

Sat Jun 01 2019

Great beautiful long hike. Easy hike with great views from the ridge.

Mon May 27 2019

Convenient to Castle Rock. Well maintained and clearly marked. When wet, stay off. When dry, watch your speed when biking, as the soil can be loose. Worth the visit. Will be a frequent visitor, as it's close to home.

hiking
no shade
Sat May 11 2019

Great trail. Can be a little confusing if you don't use the map. Not very crowded at all. Keep your eyes and ears open for mountain bikers as there are a few blind corners. Really beautiful!

mountain biking
Tue Apr 30 2019

I’m a novice mountain biker and this was fun and challenging for me but very doable. Moderately trafficked, so watch out for hikers

hiking
muddy
Mon Mar 11 2019

First time on the trail. Great Views!

Fri Jan 11 2019

Way fun trail. A little more on the rocky side at the north tip in several areas, but hey we live in the rockies, run higher air pressure guys. Plenty of views with sitting areas. Open spaces on the tops of ridges, totally awesome if you want to bring the kids and blow their minds. Saw several elk in several places. Some areas on the south east side through the pines were ridiculous radical with switch backs and lip hits so you can throw mean airs and smash turns in between. Adrenaline was maxing in several areas. Ridge sections were way skinny in several ridge areas, like almost 12 inches, so be careful when your Mad Maxxing through sections and your on the gas, you might take a digger off the ledge. This made for a Moab like pucker factor right here in castle rock which I just find amazing. This trail system is totally sick and I will return and ride it often. There is mostly mountain bike traffic, lots of it. After today I might need treatment for addiction. #SurfTheEarth

hiking
Mon Aug 20 2018

Great network of trails right in town! You could really put down a lot of miles if you wanted to. Deducted a star only because from a hiking stand point, we had to be on guard for mountain bikers. Speaking of which, I will certainly ride these trails myself in the near future!

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