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Hidden Mesa Open Space and Trail

 

Open Space Enjoyment and Social Distancing

As you anticipate an enjoyable day on Douglas County Open Space properties, please be aware that some trails, due to the location and terrain, have limited space for remaining socially distant from those other than in your immediate party. Please be aware when you encounter these circumstances, adjust accordingly, and help keep our community safe by adhering to
COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

 

Hidden Mesa is a 1,200-acre property with a picnic shelter and production-orchard and bisected by Cherry Creek and the paved Cherry Creek trail.  The adventurous trail system connects the meadow and the mesa.  Connector trail “Rocky Pass” is literally a trail within a vein of ever-changing cobblestone, whereas, “Pleasant Pass” is a challenging yet pleasant alternative.  The Mesa Run loop takes visitors through a meadow and along a rocky outcrop.

Address:  3217 North State Highway 83, Franktown, CO 80116

Size: 1224 acres

Hours: One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Trail Information:

  •  Natural surface and crusher fines, 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.
  • 4.7 miles of trail, plus trail additions, are natural surface, plus .3 mile of the trail is shared with the Cherry Creek Trail. On a ride or hike up onto the mesa loop and back, you would cover almost 7 miles.
  • Multi-use: horses, mountain bikes and hiking.
  • Dogs must be on leash.
  • Hidden Mesa trail map

Amenities:

  • Picnic shelter
  • Restroom (portable)
  • Handicap access and interpretive signs
  • Benches
  • Water spigot
  • Unpaved parking lot for cars and 15 horse trailers
  • Round pen

Wildlife:

  • Respect the wildlife including coyote, pronghorn, prairie dogs, elk, mule deer, as well as raptors and other bird species.