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Great trail! Took Sinking Sun to Salt Lick to Ruby Wash. Mostly light uphill with some fun but challenging decents. Great beginner trail but watch for the baskets full of rocks on the Salt Lick and follow them as it is easy to get lost.

Really enjoyable hike. With our spring rain this year, this is the greenest I've seen NE Colorado in five years. The hike in the canyon on Bent Rock Trail along Sand Creek is superb for early season wild flowers, cliff swallows, changing to meadow larks, and plovers when you get to the prairie in the bowl and along the creek near Ruby Wash Trail. Nicely maintained trails that cut to a two track and back to trails. The trails up the big dry washes are a bit of a concern for me coming from areas with flash flooding. Noted by cairns in wire cages and a stake, and while it's not thunderstorm season yet keep that in the back of your mind. I did see a lot bear sign out there including a fairly fresh track at the edge of the creek near the Ruby Wash Trail (picture uploaded). The area is pretty gravelly and bear tracks won't always be super clear. I decided to give the bear a wide berth and hike back down the trail. I found other bear evidence in Big Hole Wash, with unclear tracks because it was a deep gravelly track, but with a larger stride than mine and deeper impression (meaning bigger and heavier than me) that had turned up wetter gravel from deeper layers. So I turned back. Still got in almost five miles. Hike smart and enjoy yourself.

The dirt road leading to the open space was very muddy and slippery because it had just rained and snowed. When I got there I started on the Bent Rock Trail to the Ruby Wash then went to Big Hole Wash and finished on the Sinking Sun Trail. Just a little loop almost 4 miles. The trails were wet, and muddy on the Ruby Wash. The loop I did was very easy and had some great panoramic views. I can see myself coming back and doing more of the trails, probably on a calm and cool day for there isn't much in the way of shade.

Initial views are awesome in the canyon. After that, trail is exposed and can be windy. Surprising elevation gain compared to other trails within this park, but it’s an easy hike overall. Took us 2 hours to go the 5 miles. Very nice hike if you want to get away from the craziness of the Front Range.

Hiked this in March shortly after the park reopened due to seasonal closure. Unique landscape as compared to the rest of Larimer County. Took this loop and added a 1 mile climb up the Cheyenne Rim trail to its high point where the trail switches from the Ruby trail to Salt Lake trail, which is well worth the view. Made the hike 10 miles in total.

This was gorgeous and very lightly trafficked on a Saturday in early March. There aren’t many trees so I imagine it gets hot in the summer. The majority of this route is easy and mostly flat. Highly recommended especially if you love rocks!

Great trail with both red rock and Sandstone. The first mile along the creek is spectacular. After that we ascended about 600 feet, but I wouldn’t rate this trail as hard. Most of it is easy to moderate. We went in November after a snow when all was covered in beautiful hoarfrost. I hear it can be really windy and really hot up here, and I guess I’d try to avoid it in those conditions.

mountain biking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Perfect moderate workout from easy areas to a bit more challenging with long moderate uphill treks, to sand-washes that can grab your tires... so get your speed up in those areas. Some parts were easy with downhill coasts and that also means you have to climb at some point to get back to the parking lot. :) Wonderful weather... would do it again!

trail running
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Red Mountain Open Space was a great area for a good trail run. I liked it as there wasn't that many people here as compared to places closer to Fort Collins or in the mountains. The landscape is neat especially when running along the various washes and the amazing landscapes that the rivers have carved. However, it still isn't quite as good as compared to some of the mountain landscapes. I still recommend it as a unique place to visit and experience.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

took all the kiddos on the trail went well

on Cheyenne Rim Trail

Friday, November 20, 2015

The trail begins about 100 ft north of the picnic area at the South Trailhead Parking Lot in the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. The trail meanders and gradually gains in elevation along the bluff line to the west. At about the five mile mark the gain markedly increases, but is still moderate until you gain the rim the overlooks the Red Mountain Open Space to the West. The trail is easy to follow, but there are numerous game and stock trails along the way. There are many side trails. These run to various stock tanks or are old Ranch roads. The trail is popular with horses and mountain bikes. The area is good winter range for Pronghorn Antelope, Mule deer, and Elk. The ares is also winter range for cattle.

mountain biking
Monday, July 06, 2015

Approaching the rim from the east was a great ride, but attempting to decent via the western route was very rough. Several portions of the trail were essentially riding down sand and gravel filled washouts, and extremely tight single track conditions. Would recommend full suspension.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Approaching the Cheyenne Rim Trail from the Wyoming border is a bit tricky as there is no way to get to that end of the trail without hiking about 4 miles from Harriman, Wyo. All other roads into that area are gated. In addition, there’s no pedestrian gate in the fence where the topo map indicates a trailhead. So, it was unclear whether or not I was on public land. That said, this part of the trail offers some beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys. It’s an easy hike with only minimal elevation change. Watch out for the brambles along the canyon rim, though. They’re a bit tough to negotiate…

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