This 7.2 mile foothills-to-forest trail spans from the Sharptail/Roxborough area to the Indian Creek Trail of the Pike National Forest.
Trail Rating: Difficult because of remoteness of the area, with elevation increases of 1,000 + feet.
Trail Length: The 7.2-mile trail winds through Douglas County’s Nelson Ranch and Pike Hill Open Space properties on the east, and then the Pike National Forest on the west. It connects the Sharptail Trail to the Indian Creek Trail.
Trail Surface: Natural surface.
Users: Multi-use: horses and hikers are allowed (if accessing from Sharptail Trail, and horses, hikers, mountain bikes and dogs on leash if accessing from the Indian Creek Trail.
Amenities: Picnic tables at Roxborough Park overlook, and benches along trail on the steeper east side.
Location: Hikers and horse riders may access from Sharptail Ridge Trailhead. From Hwy 85 (Santa Fe) turn west on Titan Parkway and drive 2 miles to Roxborough Road; turn left and drive south for 3.7 miles on gravel road; Sharptail trailhead on the left. NOTE: Hikers and horse riders accessing from Sharptail Trailhead travel 5 miles on trails before reaching the eastern start of the Ringtail Trail. Hikers can also start from the Roxborough State Park visitor center.
Multiple users, including hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and pets on a leash, can access from the Indian Creek Trailhead of Pike National Forest. However access from the Indian Creek Trail does require a daily parking fee of $6 (1/13 price). Note: From the Indian Creek Trailhead to the western end of Ringtail Trail is a distance of approximately 2 miles.
Contact: Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources 303-660-7495.