Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dawson Butte Ranch















Dawson Butte Ranch
Douglas County Open Space

Date Hiked: April 21, 2013

Distance: 5.2 mi (RT)

Elevation Gain: 740ft

Elevation Min/Max: 6,561 > 6,936ft

Dawson Butte Ranch Trail Map (Douglas County OS)
Dawson Butte Ranch Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions: From Castle Rock head South on I-25 to the Plum Creek Exit.  Follow the Frontage road to the west of 25 south for about 5 miles.  Turn right onto Tomah Road.  The trailhead and parking area is about 1.5 miles down on Tomah Road.

While popular with Mountain Bikers and Horses, Dawson Butte makes for a great 5 miler through forest and scrub.  There are good views of the Front Range foothills and Devil's Head.  This makes for a great hike in the shoulder seasons when the foothills are muddy or icy but you still want to get some distance in your hike.  The trail is easy to follow and generally even, so this makes for a good trail run as well.












 

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