Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail

Golden, Colorado

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The Hogback is a popular mountain bike ride within easy reach of Denver or Golden. From its highest points, you can see stunning views of Red Rocks Amphitheater. The ride demands sound legs and technical skills. With some of the most technically challenging terrain in the Front Range, the Hogback is not for the faint of heart. Its rocky drop-offs and narrow singletrack, tightening atop a steep ridge of tilted strata, have left many cyclists crying “mommy.” Once you descend from the hogback, the ride continues within Red Rocks Park and among its beautiful sanguine rocks. Terrain: Singletrack, dirt road, and paved highway. The terrain is very rocky and sandy in spots. This is a good early-season ride, as it tends to get too sandy after long dry spells. Not recommended as an autumn ride.
Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range

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Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range

by Stephen Hlawaty (Falcon Guides)

The Hogback is a popular mountain bike ride within easy reach of Denver or Golden. From its highest points, you can see stunning views of Red Rocks Amphitheater. The ride demands sound legs and technical skills. With some of the most technically challenging terrain in the Front Range, the Hogback is not for the faint of heart.

Its rocky drop-offs and narrow singletrack, tightening atop a steep ridge of tilted strata, have left many cyclists crying “mommy.” Once you descend from the hogback, the ride continues within Red Rocks Park and among its beautiful sanguine rocks. Terrain: Singletrack, dirt road, and paved highway. The terrain is very rocky and sandy in spots. This is a good early-season ride, as it tends to get too sandy after long dry spells. Not recommended as an autumn ride.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Golden
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Advanced riders, 1 hour; intermediate riders, 2 hours
Season: April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,600 feet
Local Contacts: Jefferson County Open Space. This eTrail includes contact info for trail information, local information, local events and attractions, and restaurants.
Local Maps: USGS Morrison
Driving Directions: Directions to Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/15/2005
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The first ascent will surely set you back a few but once you reach the first ridge line it will all make sense. Some very technical points on the first descent before you cross back over to the red rocks side of the loop. If your a mud-loving rider go in March where the terrain switches from hardly packed dirt to soft patches of gooooo and you might even have to traverse patches of white! Incredible views of the park from the Dakota Ridge side.



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May 2018