Dakota Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within South Dinosaur Open Space Park and North Dinosaur Open Space Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 6,135 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,343 feet. Near the trailhead there are museums. The Stegosaurus Park-and-Ride Lot parking and the North Dinosaur Open Space Park museum can be seen along the trail.
Dakota Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and 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."
--Stephen Hlawaty, Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"This heavily used local favorite is often rideable year round and affords you with several challenging ride options and great views of the hogback and Red Rocks Park. The Dakota Ridge Trail is technically challenging and should be attempted only by more experienced riders.The Red Rocks/Morrison Slide Trail is technically easy. Because of the heavy park usage by all types of recreationists, please yield to other users and uphill hikers. Terrain: Generally hardpack, but loose rocks and soil on Dakota Ridge Trail; waterbars and steps."
--Tom Barnhart, Front Range Single Tracks (Fat Tire Press).
"Take a trip back into time. Dinosaurs roamed this land millions of years ago, and this hike takes you to the fossilized remains and footprints of these prehistoric animals via the Dakota Ridge Trail and Rooney Road."
--Bob D Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"Technical singletrack on Dakota Ridge; frequent dips and fast singletrack on Matthews/Winters section. Tread: 0.5 mile on paved road, 1.1 miles on doubletrack, and 4.9 miles on singletrack."
--Bob D'Antonio, Mountain Biking Denver & Boulder (Falcon Guides).
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