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Hidden Mesa

 4.1 (53)
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6.9 Miles 11.1 Kilometers




516' 157 m


-517' -157 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (9°)

6,509' 1,984 m


6,051' 1,844 m



All Clear 17 days ago
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A nice short lollipop ride with great front range views and fun rock features to try your skills on.

Stephen McLaughlin

Overview [Suggest Changes]

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.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

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

Description [Suggest Changes]

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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Jun 4, 2018
Rob Ups
Jun 3, 2018
Garret Iwata
May 26, 2018
Mike Muscatello
May 25, 2018
Alex Pitman
May 20, 2018
Jeff Flynn
Overcast, looks like I am going to get we 6.9mi
May 16, 2018
Ben Rowse
Very easy. Can’t really get up the left side. Down hill is a riot. Slick rock area is great and best views. Watch out for horses going down 6.9mi
May 13, 2018
Isaac Gordon
May 5, 2018
Thomas Pyke
several loops 15mi

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I love this ride. Take advantage of the new Pleasant Pass section. The old rocky section is in bad shape. The rocks get more loose everytime I go up. The erosion is killing this section of trail. Aug 17, 2015
Moving there in 4 weeks and can't wait to ride it! Mar 13, 2016

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