Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Bellvue with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
6 hours ago

Took a not quite stock JK Wrangler up it. Hardest part is right at the beginning - you need to pick a line up a steep rock outcropping. The Rubicons we accidentally convoyed with walked right up it with their lockers. Next time we'd air down. The rest of the trail is pretty easy but jouncy with rocks. The 2nd half of the trail was closed off, so we never made it to the end.

This is a great trail for dogs, most of the trail is creek side.

It is a goos hike. Good for beginners. We took our dog. All was well although there is no shade.

Great hike with a dog lots of shade and water!

Good trail great view. Overall moderate trail with one difficult rock climb

hiking
9 days ago

At some point they have re-routed this trail to make the left turn route a little less steep.... the entire hike with loop is 8.3 miles. At a ‘junction’ with the old trail, you can see evidence of where they filled the old trail with rocks. Long, steady incline if you go right... shorter, steeper incline if you go left(not too hard). Water levels low this year, so all stream crossings are easy. Friday morning, early July and only a few other hikers.

off road driving
13 days ago

Did this yesterday, super easy trail to find. I aired down for comfort and would possibly recommend it for a few sections but you could probably make it with out. Easy trail and lots of fun. Got to the top in about 90 min.

Hike is nice and easy, good for families and small kids. Be aware: my boyfriend and I hiked it yesterday with our dog and came across a huge rattlesnake sunning itself on the trail. Be mindful of your surroundings!

Went June 21. The first branch (prior to the loop) is pretty and scenic with lots of wildflowers and butterflies. The water crossings were really shallow and I found them easy. Water proof boots can walk straight through most. As others have said, if you’re with small children or at all feeling like I was starting the loop, turn back there. The loop felt SO LONG with no shade and no water for the pup. Poor pup was looking for any little shade she could fine. I’ve done this trail twice; once starting the loop to the left and the other starting to the right. It’s a STEEP climb to the left, and I found the right more enjoyable but not necessarily easy. Bring LOTS OF WATER. I drank every drop of my 3L, pup drank a full bottle and at every water crossing, and we were both happy for the gallon jug in the truck when we made it back.

hiking
28 days ago

Not too exciting of a trail, and just a ridiculous amount of stream crossings, some that seemed unnecessary. Seemed like a great trail for dogs though, we were some of the only people without a dog. Nice enough if you just feel like getting out and hiking, but nothing too special in my opinion.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable hike, but we went on a fairly hot day. Not much shade available. Lots of little butterflies along the path. Not very many people on the path (Thursday afternoon in May). Some spots where you step on rocks to cross the river. Beautiful drive and lots of picnic areas along the way with outhouses that are well kept.

Beautiful ascent along a creek to an open meadow with aspens. Large rock outcroppings add dramatic views.

I went with my 4 year old daughter. It was wonderful! Until the loop. If you are going with young children I would recommend turning around at the loop. It gets pretty hard after that. We saw more butterflies than I have seen at one place and they were everywhere for the whole hike.
There was a very angry rattle snake on trail so watch out and listen out! All and all this was a great trail. There is a bathroom at the trail head but no water. We brought 3.5 liters of water with us and finished it all before the end. If you bring a filter there is plenty of places to get more water (before the loop)

hiking
1 month ago

Attempted to hike this trail with the dogs. About a mile in gun shots could be heard ricocheting through the canyon. Shots were very close to the trail and spooked the dogs. We had to head back to the vehicle without much of an exploration.

hiking
1 month ago

Road was closed to 4x4 traffic. Tough/steep hike for first 2 miles. Dogs enjoyed the hike and we saw turkeys and a young male moose. Saw a few mountain bike tracks but had the trail to ourselves.

Went hiking yesterday 5-7-2018 the entire route. Glad I brought a sandwich, snacks and 3 liters of water, The mileage recorded on my Garmin device (satellite tracking) starting and finishing at the parking lot was a total of 8.5 miles. Flowers were in bloom. Butterflies at water crossings. A group of 9 Bighorn Sheep (males) were on the hillside about two miles into the walk. And no snakes seen. Recommend going in the early AM. And if walking the entire loop, I suggest wearing sturdy shoes.

Fun easy hike with a nice view and lots of Wildflowers

hiking
2 months ago

As described it's heavily hiked allowing all age groups and abilities. The elevation gain is gradual allowing my 2 year old to walk along with us with ease. Parking lot is likely to be full and plan parking on the road. This is a very common place for dogs (leashed and unleashed) and do bring doggy bags to pick up their poop.

Kind of boring for the first couple miles, but rises up to meet the peaks towards the end with some good views. Barely any snowpack even with this last weeks storms. Greening up with crocus out. Lots of jumping over the stream, my dog was a huge fan. Not too many people either. Beautiful meadows at the top.

Hiked this back in November of 2016 when I was visiting friends. Nice easy accessible area/hike. It's more of an area you can just explore around the reservoir.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this early on a Sunday morning. Only saw 2 other hikers the first 6 miles, and they were on their way out. Very quiet and peaceful with the early start. Saw one deer and a group of 7 mountain goats. Lots of pretty views, mostly looking up at ridges and peaks surrounding the gulch. Lots of stream crossings on the 2 miles prior to the fork. All are easily traversed with stepping stones without getting wet. Different types of views once you emerge up on the ridge at the north end of the hike. Saw lots of hikers the final 2 miles as I left (they were coming in). Only 3 other cars in the lot at 7am when I arrived. When I left at 10:20am, the lot was overflowing onto the road.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is in great condition right now and all the stream crossings are super easy to manuever. There are a number of wild flowers blooming right now, and the weather was excellent! This trail is the best for wearing the dogs out, but I saw a number of folks leave their dogs poop behind. Please pick up after your dog so this trail will continue to be enjoyable for everyone.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Fort Collins area as pups are allowed unleashed. It’s fairly easy with great views and lots of streams. Parking is very limited and there’s no trash cans at the trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

Very much enjoyed this hike! At the fork, headed to the right, definitely not as steep as an incline as when you go to the left. Very relaxing hike but a good workout. Some wild flowers already out. At a mild to moderate pace, take about 3 1/2 hours.

Hiked Lower Dadd several times throughout this past winter. Snow was never deep enough to require more than microspikes. This is not a “bang for your buck” kinda hike as far as views are concerned unless you head left on the dirt road once the trails ends. After about a half mile or so the view start to open up. Not so sure there will be much solitude on this trail in the summer. Moderate elevation gain on this trail but nothing too crazy. I also saw a moose here on one of my hikes and mountain lion tracks on another.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike this afternoon. We brought both of our Golden Retrievers. They loved the stream crossing, which there were several of. Definitely would recommend this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with some good views! Relatively easy hike, although depending on which direction you take at the fork for the trail loop it can be challenging. I, personally, went left at the fork, which takes you up a series of switchbacks. Going right takes you through a more gradual incline of the mountain I found as I traveled back down from the loop. There are also quite a bit of small stream crossings, too. Trail is also mountain bike and dog friendly.

Be sure to pay for parking BEFORE entering the parking lot ($6) -- I made that mistake since there's just a couple of stop signs with no clear indication you must pay before entering. It's a completely unmaintained trail. It's hard to find where it splits off from the reservoir trail. It might as well be an off-trail hike. Make sure you're competent with off-trail navigation. The bushes are a bit difficult to pass in a couple of places. It's a very isolated area once you get a couple of miles in. There's a confusing sign before you get to the reservoir that says the only reason you're allowed to enter is for hunting. It's illegal to stay on the trail after dusk.

I didn't make it all the way to grey rock since my knee was hurting. It was still worth going for the experience. I did see some wildlife, and the feeling of isolation is very strong here for how close it is to town (once you get past the reservoir).

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty decent trail. I went in March and it was pretty snowy and muddy still, but that is to be expected. Not a lot of great views, but it was very pretty near the stream.

It was fun little hike where u have to jump over little creeks very slippery and snowy when I wen on Thursday 3/22/18 and very muddy but it’s an adventure!:)

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