Hidden Mesa Open Space - Trail, Castle Rock, Colorado

Hidden Mesa Open Space - Trail, Castle Rock, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 17, 2013]
Westin Carpaccio
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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

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There is nothing close to Parker. Either you drive out to the front range or you ride this little ride.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 03, 2011]
Steve J.
Cross Country Rider

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 01, 2011]
Doug
Weekend Warrior

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.

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Someplace where dogs aren't allowed.

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 04, 2009]
Josh
Weekend Warrior

This trail is a good challenging beginner trail(beginner as in having ridden at least a few times with a little technical riding). Some great rocky sections, a really steep rocky climb (I'm a newb so I pushed my bike up the hill, some may want to walk their bike down). once you're at the top, there's a nice 1.9 mile loop with a combination of dirt path and pure rock areas (only had to get off my bike once, other than taking breaks of course). I'm new to the altitude (just moved from FL) and not in great shape, so it took 1.25 hours for me to complete, but I took a bunch of water breaks.

Customer Service

Started at Hidden Mesa trailhead, head north on Cherry Creek paved trail for .25 mile, and then turn at the sign. Its a tough start because its all uphill until you get to the top, but the ride back is AWESOME because its all down hill. You can get a lot of speed so make sure your breaks work.

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Just moved here so don't know any yet.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 04, 2008]
Guyechka
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 01, 2008]
hopsalot
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

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In the Parker, Franktown, Castelrock area this trail is the closest thing to the big riding.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 20, 2007]
Addictedtowilderness
Cross Country Rider

Its a decent trail for a cross country mountain bike. Horses are very common here and can be a pain. The trail is also "horseified". There is only one part that is even remotely challenging, which is a steep part near the top of the mesa. There is also a few technical parts on loop on the top of the mesa over the actual rock of the mesa. But there is nothing very challenging. Fun if you don't have a ton of time. It took me only 45 minutes to do.

Customer Service

Do the whole thing in any direction, though counterclockwise on the loop is more fun.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 17, 2007]
cocamoxb
Weekend Warrior

Over all this is a great "after work" type of trail. From the trail head up to the mesa it is jeep path. Getting to the top of the mesa is a nice little climb. Once you get to the top, the views are nice and the rocks come into play.

This is a multi-use path. Horses are common and so is what they leave behind!

Customer Service

Follow the signs. They are easy.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
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