Dakota Ridge Trail
Hiking on the Dakota Hogback is like walking on the spine of a slumbering dinosaur—climbing steeply up its long tail to its rump, tromping down the back and up over the shoulders, then skittering down its long neck at trail’s end. The hogback, also called Dinosaur Ridge, is best known as the site of fossilized remains of prehistoric behemoths that once inhabited this area. These remains, most notably footprints, are described by interpretive signs along the Dinosaur Walk Trail on the east side of the hogback ridge, alongside West Alameda Parkway. The 2-mile long Dakota Ridge Trail does not take you to those remains. Instead, it rides the summit of the ridge and offers views of Bear Creek Lake, Soda Lakes, the hogback valley, and, on clear days, Pikes Peak, as it traverses the ancient ridge.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||200 ft|
|Season||Best spring to fall|
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