Swap city skylines for redrock vistas in 20 minutes on this 6-mile loop just south of Golden. From the trailhead in Matthews/Winters Park, hike southwest on Village Walk Trail past a shaded picnic area. Cross a wooden bridge, then bear right at the trail fork, heading south through rolling grassland.
After a mile, the trail narrows to rocky singletrack and descends switchbacks to a dry creekbed. Less than a mile later, you’ll encounter dramatic views of massive red sandstone slabs rising up from ground. Near the halfway point, the route crosses CR 93 and begins a switchback ascent of the Hogback.
At the top of the ridge, follow the crest north, passing bird’s-eye views of Red Rocks Amphitheater and the surrounding mountains. Descend the ridge on singletrack at mile 5.3, and carefully cross CO 26 to return to the parking lot.
-Mapped by Kim Phillips and Jennie Perletz
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Morrison, CO 80465
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Morrison, CO 80465
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Head southwest on Village Walk Trail toward the shaded picnic area.
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Cross a wooden bridge, then bear R @ Y. Ahead, the well-maintained dirt path rolls across the grassland; watch for grazing deer.
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Side trip: Turn right to visit old gravesites.
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Bear R @ Y onto Red Rocks Trail.
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Trail narrows to rocky singletrack; switchback down to dry creekbed.
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Bear L @ Y; stay on Red Rocks Trail.
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Photo op: Slanted red sandstone slabs dramatically rise up from the ground.
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From the base of this 40-foot redrock monolith, you'll see layers of the Front Range unfold. Next, continue on trail as it descends between stacked rock formations.
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Turn L @ Y.
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Cross W. Alameda Parkway to parking lot, then turn right to reconnect with Red Rocks Trail.
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Go L @ Y and cross dirt road; follow trail through pine-dotted meadows.
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Cross Red Rocks Park Road and turn L, heading northeast along the shoulder. In .1 mile, turn R onto CR 93.
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Cross CR 93 at the hiker sign. Pick up Dakota Ridge Trail on the other side, and begin switchback ascent of the Hogback.
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Bear R @ the roadside overlook and walk north along the road. You'll pick up the trail 500 feet down the road.
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Cross the road and ascend ridgeline on rocky, root-laced singletrack.
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Views of ridgeline stretch to the southeast; Red Rocks Amphitheater is to the southwest.
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Continue straight @ intersection with Zorro Trail.
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Descend ridgeline on singletrack.
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Carefully cross CO 26 and return to the parking lot.
Red Rock Slabs
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First views of giant rock slabs rising from the ground.
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Views from the Village Walk Trail
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Slanted Rock Slabs
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Redrock views from the Hogback
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Zorro Trail Junction
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Clouds rising over Dinosaur Park
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