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Dakota Ridge

Average Rating:    (3.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 64

Steep, deadly, piss-in-yer-pants material. Singletrack, humongous climbs, and extremly technical riding.
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Latitude
39.696092520737224
Longitude
-105.2021598815918
Trail Directions
Start at the Matthew-Winters parking lot, go across the road. The giant, rocky fire road is the trailhead.
Trail Length
2.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Morrison
State/Territory/Province
CO
Country
US
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Review Date
October 2, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ninerfreak ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail has a little of everything for riders who prefer technical riding. The terrain is very rocky with lots of places to go over the bars...which is always fun. I find the most difficult parts of this trail to be the technical climbing. The decents are pretty straight forward. This trail is not very long, so it can be sectioned off easily. I have never cleared the whole trail.....not even close actually. The only reason I give this trail a 3 is because it is so short. For the length of trail that is there, I give it a 5.

Recommended Route:
This first time I rode this trail it was from south to north. Big mistake. It was all climbing except for the very end which last about 10 seconds on double track back to the highway. Ride this from north to south. If you want, you can jump on the Red Rocks trail for a good cardio burn. The Red Rocks trail lacks the technical component.



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Review Date
June 23, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: abenz1980 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My local favorite!!! Very technical to test your all mountain rig. Not very long and can be done under an hour. Hook it up with the red rocks trail to have a good 2 hour ride. Dakota ridge is less crowded, but red rocks can be so crowded, its not even fun. Weekends are good to avoid. Trail is singletrack and rocks!! The first part is a decent little climb, nothing the intermediate rider can't handle.

Recommended Route:
Park on the left side of the road across from mathew winters park. Go up obvious doubletrack and ride clockwise descending in to red rocks at end crossing the street.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Apex, Lair of the bear, Three sisters



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Review Date
October 27, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ryan01 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Amazing! Close to Denver and can be ridden in an hour with the Red Rocks/Mathew Winter Loop! What makes this ride great is that it is 15 from LoDo and will always test you. Not real long or steep but ur not riding it clean! Always maintained! Bad thing is that it eats tires like crazy!

Recommended Route:
i usually park at the lower lot... or mid lot going to the Theater. That way i save the fun for last.



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Review Date
October 29, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sooner518 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was my first time riding Dakota Ridge. I ride Matthew Winters and Morrison Slide a few times a month but had always heard Dakota Ridge was crazy technical. Rode it the other day with a buddy and we both decided that it is our new favorite front range trail. Lots of tricky technical stuff but no really big drops where I felt like I was going to die. It really wasnt as physically demanding as I thought it would be. No real long stretches of going up except for the jeep trail at the start. Lots of angled slick rock which can pose a challenge at times and the series of log steps are pretty tough. Tried it twice and definitely hiked up it. I'd reccomend for any intermediate riders and above. We had a blast

Recommended Route:
Park at Matthew Winters park, cross the highway to the east and take the obvious jeep trail up. When you go down Dakota Ridge, connect it with the well-marked Red Rocks trail and that will take you back to Matthew Winters parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Morrison Slide, Deer creek canyon



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Review Date
August 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mclight81 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
favorite ride on front range. Quick access, great technical ride. When linked with red rocks/Matthew's/Winter's up to the plateau, great climb. Fast finish.

Recommended Route:
Dakota ridge side down back up Matthew's/Winters



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