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Dawson Butte Open Space Trail

 3.5 (30)

5.0 Miles 8.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

398' 121 m

Ascent

-405' -123 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

6,841' 2,085 m

High

6,531' 1,991 m

Low

Shared By Richard Cota

Conditions


All Clear 37 days ago
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A five-mile loop through forested areas with open meadows and views of the Front Range Mountains.

Richard Cota

Dogs Leashed

Features eMTB allowed

The trail is also used by hikers and horseback riders, and pets on a leash are allowed.

Description

The five-mile loop trail on Dawson Butte Open Space travels through mostly forested areas with open meadows and views of the Front Range Mountains. The trail follows gently rolling terrain but near the bottom or southwest part of the trail, there's a section with a lot of sand.

Going clockwise from the parking lot, the first two miles of the trail are through meadows populated with stands of scrub oak. This portion of the trail descends about 400 feet. At the two-mile mark, the trail begins to climb and for the next two miles passes through a Ponderosa pine forest. A picnic area is located at mile three.

The trail climbs steadily for the last three miles, and after mile four passes through the top of a meadow before ending at the parking lot. Multiple side trails allow for a customized ride of varying distances. The trail provides numerous excellent views of the Front Range and the Palmer Divide.

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Aug 12, 2018
Sean Casselberry
Super sandy!! Better to go clockwise. Very scenic and fun to ride on a weekday or after work. 6.1mi — 0h 48m
Jul 8, 2018
Troy Shred
Jun 17, 2018
Trinity Webb
Jun 16, 2018
Jay Elmore
Very flowy all clear, very sandy especially around 3mi mark, go right at beginning for a fun ride! 5mi
May 15, 2018
Dan Poler
5mi
May 7, 2018
Nonathan Salter
Very sandy on a lot of the track. 5mi
Mar 31, 2018
Jean L
Feb 18, 2018
PJ S

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  3.5 from 30 votes

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  3.5 from 30 votes
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#240

in Colorado

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I ride both horses and MTB at this park - I have found both communities to be respectful and polite - share the trail - don't be a jerk or act like you are the only group that has a right to be here - it goes a long way. My horse can spook, my bike - not so much, be aware on the trails - have fun out there! Jul 15, 2016
Really nice relaxing ride, but rather annoying horse owners let their horses just poop all over the trail and don't clean it up... May 7, 2017
A nice easy 5mile ride for my 48 yr old arthritic knees. It takes 30-40 min. Downside was avoiding all the horse poop. Aug 14, 2017

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