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Dakota Ridge Trail

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 4.3 (83)

A technical, rocky, fast trail.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.5

KM

Singletrack

6,618' 2,017 m

High

6,155' 1,876 m

Low

271' 82 m

Up

506' 154 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

No matter how long you've been riding mountain bikes, Dakota Ridge will test the best of your technical skills. Running along the ridge between Red Rocks Amphitheater and Green Mountain, the trail can be ridden in either direction.

The western access point is at Hogback Road and I-70, while eastern access is from Hogback Road. across from the entrance to Red Rocks park.

Climbing steeply from the Hogback Road, this doubletrack turns left and changes to singletrack near the top of the climb.

The singletrack then contours its way up to the ridge with incredible views of the red sandstone formations along the southern Front Range.

Once the trail reaches the ridge it becomes extremely technical. The route is entirely rock, jutting out of the ground at various angles. Often times the surface is covered in a light dusting of sand. Settle in and work your slow speed balance while picking the best line.

As you traverse the ridge south the trail begins to descend. Be prepared for the rocks to change to wooden stepdowns. Stay back on your saddle and enjoy the ride - it's spicy!

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Shared By:

Matt Thoele

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 83 votes

#43

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  4.3 from 83 votes
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Trail Rankings

#15

in Colorado

#43

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Photos

Smashing rocks on Dakota Ridge with Yeti employee Matt Fisher.
Feb 17, 2017 near Morrison, CO
Ride Dakota Ridge with world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in the background. What a view!
Mar 2, 2017 near Morrison, CO
Just past the Zoro intersection are the stairs. Typically ridden up but are fun to ride down!
Sep 26, 2016 near Morrison, CO
The original drop on Dakota ridge. Many more have been added with the recent trail expansion
Dec 8, 2017 near Morrison, CO
The "Push" drop.
Mar 18, 2016 near Morrison, CO
Have fun on the descent!
Mar 5, 2017 near Morrison, CO

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Current Trail Conditions

Bad / Closed 14 days ago
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Jan 15, 2023
Darrian Schade
Jan 10, 2023
Darrian Schade
Dec 18, 2022
John Needles
Jun 12, 2022
James Bishop
19.6mi
May 5, 2022
Kent Blackburn
Apr 28, 2022
Kent Blackburn
Apr 25, 2022
Kent Blackburn
Apr 4, 2022
Peter Andfam
Trail was in great condition, ready to rip. Looks like some recent (to me, it's been a year) work on the top section, drops were great.