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Hidden Mesa Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Starting at an old homestead, this trail takes you over Cherry Creek and then through a great example of shortgrass prairie before heading up the mesa. You wander through a juniper ecosystem with some ponderosa pine and prickly pear cactus on this mesa rimmed by Castle Rock Conglomerate, with its cemented cobbles.
Views from the top start at Pikes Peak to the south and follow the Front Range to Longs Peak in the north. The Black Forest around Franktown pleases the eye to the east. This 1,224-acre open space buffer between Castle Rock and Franktown protects prairie dogs, pronghorns, mule deer, elk, and many raptors."
--Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
Went out for an early morning hike with hopes to avoid the triple digit temps forecast for today. Nice trail and if you want it mostly to yourself, go early in the morning. Would recommend for children 7 and older as there is some somewhat steep rocky terrain for toddler aged children in my opinion.
Parked at Hidden Mesa Open Area Parking lot off of Parker Road just north of Franktown. Easy climb to base of Mesa where you run into a short but more technical steep and loose rocky section prior to reaching the top. Nice 1.9 mile loop at top with great views. Rode loop twice around before fast down hill ride back. Nice mountain bike trail close to town
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