Hidden Springs / Red Tail / Lookout Loop

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This beautiful prairie landscape offers nice rock features, some good climbing and variable distances depending on your motivation.

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Teresa Bruffey

Destination Distance From Downtown

7.6 miles


2 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

1-2 hours


Spring through fall, be mindful of muddy / snowy trails in the shoulder seasons

Dog Friendly


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A sweet stretch of singletrack, the loop of Hidden Springs, Red Tail and Lookout Loop trails makes for a great evening ride, or a perfect ride for a cool fall weekend. Though recent development has taken away some of the feeling of remoteness, the meadows and tree-covered creek offer a refreshing change to the rolling golden foothills. Views of the Lower Dry Creek Valley dont have to work hard to be impressive and it's well worth the small amount of effort to get to the trailhead.

From Dry Creek Road, the trail starts off steeply for a short switchback climb near power lines, and you may just wonder what you were thinking as you make the ascent. Once you gain the slight ridge, though, expansive views of the hills and meadows are a gorgeous reward. 

This chunk of trails within the Ridges to Rivers system offers many options to ride for longer or shorter distances, or mix it up if you've already done one loop a couple times. Do just the short loop connecting Red Tail Trail, with Currant Creek Trail, and Lookout Trail for a 1 mile quicky. Or, add as much or as little of the 5-mile out-and-back arm of Red Tail Trail for a longer ride. Expect a beautiful prairie landscape with nice rock features and willows as well as various other trees along seasonal Dry Creek, an environment that is home to many birds and other wildlife.

Access is a bit more limited since the construction of some large homes in these hills, but the trails still offer a great ride. Park at the Dry Creek Trailhead and cross Cartwright Road to access the trailhead. Keep an eye out for private property and have fun!

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