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Hidden Mesa Open Space

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Moderately easy in the lower Cherry Creek valley to moderately difficult as you ascend the mesa and traverse over some rocks on the south side of the mesa top and put on some miles. This is nothing epic, but a great "after work" ride.
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Latitude
39.40927413076649
Longitude
-104.7617894411087
Trail Length
6+
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Castle Rock
State/Territory/Province
CO
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
June 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Westin Carpaccio ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Double track, some unkept fire roads and small amount of single track. It starts from the parking lot as a dirt road and then starts climbing on an unkept fire road. It is wide enough for a truck, but not graded or maintained for trucks. Perfect for a bike. It has a decent grade and will get you warmed up. This runs into about two or three hundred feet of a steep, loose rock climb. It has a couple of sections of rock to climb over. For a beginner this will be exceedingly technical, but it provides a moderate challenge to more experienced riders. After this you are on top of the Mesa and you can go right or left and complete a 1.9 mile rolling loop. Mostly double track, but has some fun slick rock type sections and some very minor drops. The loop is not a huge challenge, but fun. Do the loop as many times as you want. Then back down the same way you came up. This is a fun ride very close to Parker, just north of Franktown. After work this is much, much better than trying to get out to the front range with tons of traffic.

Recommended Route:
There is only one route up, but you can go clockwise or counter clockwise on the Mesa loop. Either way is fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is nothing close to Parker. Either you drive out to the front range or you ride this little ride.



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Review Date
September 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Steve J. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am in love with this trail. The ride in from Parker road provides a nice warm up. The loop on top of the mesa is just plain fun. I can't quite clean the climb up to the mesa, but I ride a rigid single speed. The loop at the top is engaging and entertaining and is short enough that you can decide how long of a ride you want to make it. The big bonus is its lack of traffic in the off season.



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Review Date
April 1, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Doug ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is listed as of the best "dog walk" trails in the area in dog guides. Ride if you want, but don't get upset if my dog chases you.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Someplace where dogs aren't allowed.



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hopsalot (09/04/2011)
If you follow the rules by keeping your dog on a leash everyone can enjoy the trail.
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Review Date
September 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Guyechka ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I went thinking it might be a good place to bring a novice. I was dead wrong. There is a steep, loose climb to get from C-Creek to the top of the mesa, and there are a few technical rock sections.

That said, this is a fun excursion for after work. I was pleasantly surprised by the rock sections. They are fun and the terrain is rolling, so you can play on technical bits without having to climb along the way.

Recommended Route:
I parked off Parker Rd. However, the trail to the mesa is not that exciting. I would recommend driving to the Pleasant View entrance and riding laps on top of the mesa.



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Review Date
May 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: hopsalot ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Unique rock features and plenty of elevation change in an area not known for great riding, this trail holds it's own. Ties into the Cheery Creek Trail for plenty of easy add on miles. As this trail gains in popularity the horses and there humans are learning to ride elseware. Excellent area for trial riders of all skill levels.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Hidden Mesa main trail head on Parker Road to the top of the mesa for a lung buster climb or park at the back trail head on Pleasent View Drive to start on top. Either way the loop is well marked and fun in both directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
In the Parker, Franktown, Castelrock area this trail is the closest thing to the big riding.



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