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Hidden Mesa

Intermediate
 4.1 (122) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice short lollipop ride with great front range views and fun rock features to try your skills on.


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6.9

Miles

11.1

KM

60%

Singletrack

6,509' 1,984 m

High

6,052' 1,845 m

Low

492' 150 m

Up

493' 150 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

This is a great ride that is close to the south side of Denver. It's not too long but has a little bit of everything: a good climb/downhill, slickrock, and slightly technical rock features to practice skills on.

The "Rocky Pass" section at the top of Hidden Mesa can get a little rough after a rain storm, but it also adds to the challenge. The only real downside of this trail is the first mile is on flat doubletrack or even paved trail as an approach.

Need to Know

There's a fair amount of horse traffic, so remember to be courteous and yield to horses.

Description

This trail is a great fun ride close to the South Denver Area. It will never make the top ride in the area, but it is a short, fun ride that is dry most of the year. It features a difficult climb and a fun slickrock area with ledges that are fun to practice your skills on.

The trail starts at the Hidden Mesa Trailhead just north of Franktown off of Parker Road. This ride starts out on the Farm Lane. The first half mile of the trail is more of an approach than a fun ride. After leaving the parking lot, Farm Lane is a short doubletrack road across a flat section before crossing Cherry Creek. After crossing Cherry Creek, the route takes a right and joins the paved Cherry Creek Trail.

After about 1/4 of a mile on the Cherry Creek Trail, a sign marks the junction where the route turns left off of the paved trail. You'll then be on a gradual uphill single/doubletrack for about a mile. Nothing difficult, just a nice steady climb. After a mile of steady climbing, you reach the "Rocky Pass" section. It is about a 1/4 mile steep, loose rock climb. The total climb is about 400 ft vertical.

At the top of the climb, you'll reach "Mesa Top Junction East" which marks the Rim Loop Trail and the lollipop loop section. Ride either way on the Rim Loop Trail. The top of the mesa is a fun rocky ride with quasi slickrock sections. Most of it is fairly easy, but there is one section with several rock ledges that will test your beginner/intermediate skills. The largest of the ledges are around a foot high.

The trail then reaches "Mesa Top Junction West" where you'll take a right (if riding clockwise) and follow doubletrack 0.4 miles back to "Mesa Top Junction East" where you'll hang a left. You'll now be back on the Hidden Mesa "Rocky Pass" Trail you climbed to get on the Mesa. It's a fun downhill all the way back to the trailhead.

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Shared By:

Stephen McLaughlin

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  4.1 from 122 votes

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Photos

Plenty of creative lines to challenge any rider.
Mar 4, 2016 near Castle…, CO
Boost this little drop at the top of the Mesa.
Feb 3, 2017 near Castle…, CO
Fun on the rocks
Mar 30, 2018 near Castle…, CO
Rock drops
Jul 20, 2020 near Castle…, CO
Multiple rock drop lines.
Jul 20, 2020 near Castle…, CO
Lots of fun drops on the Mesa.
Oct 18, 2015 near Castle…, CO

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Check-Ins

Jun 23, 2021
Chad Mahlen
Jun 6, 2021
Brad Billingsley
Perfect trail for my 13 year old son to build his skills on. Great views and fun terrain. Looking forward to riding again. 6.9mi
Jun 4, 2021
Matthew Koenig
Did 2 laps and encountered 1 rattle snake on trail. 9.2mi — 1h 48m
May 28, 2021
Molly H
Apr 18, 2021
Greg Goldberg
8mi — 1h 30m
Apr 10, 2021
Fred Choi
Fun singletrack ride for family 7mi — 1h 15m
Apr 1, 2021
Sarah Marreel-Alley
Quick and fun for an in town ride
Mar 27, 2021
Brett Neville
Rode 4 laps of the Hidden Mesa Trail. Some snow, lots of mud and a two closed areas of the trail. 14.7mi — 1h 35m