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Dakota Ridge Trail

Beginning Elevation: 5,560 Feet (1733.2 Meters) Mount Sanitas Trailhead
Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain, One-way: 440 Feet (137.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,000 Feet (1870.3 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Length, One-way: 1.0 Mile (1.6 Kilometers)
Other Maps: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks: Trails in the Boulder Valley
Usage: Heavy Please stay on the trail to avoid further impact.
USGS Map: Boulder Quadrangle 7.5 Minute Series
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

This trail leads along Dakota Ridge above Sanitas Valley
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
This trail leads along Dakota Ridge above Sanitas Valley
The Dakota Ridge Trail leads north/south one mile along Dakota Ridge immediately west of central Boulder. It can be accessed from the Mount Sanitas Trailhead and made into a loop by using the Sanitas Valley or Mount Sanitas Trails. This is a short, easy hike for beginners or acclimating visitors.

Directions from Broadway: Traveling north passed the University turn left on to Mapleton Avenue. The trailhead lies approximately seven blocks west of Broadway.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Dakota Ridge Trail
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Related Activities
Mount Sanitas Trail - The Mount Sanitas Trail leads 1.75 miles up and over 6,863 foot Mount Sanitas. It can be accessed via the Mount Sanitas Trailhead on Mapleton Avenue.

Sanitas Valley Trail - The Sanitas Valley Trail leads visitors through the valley between Mount Sanitas and Dakota Ridge. It is a graded trail with high volume.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Boulder Mountain Parks, P.O. Box 791 , Boulder, CO, 80306, Phone: 303-441-3408

Boulder County Parks and Open Space, P.O. Box 471, 2045 13th Street , Boulder, CO, 80306, Phone: 303-441-3950


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