Hidden Valley Road
Douglas County, Colorado
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Trail Type: Straight Through
Nearby Towns: Sedalia
Nearby Trails: Dakan Road, Rampart Range Road
Season: April through November
Trail Length: 3.1 miles
Elevation: 6,455 to 7,467 feet
If you're going into the Rampart Range trail system from the north end, this trail is a great start to your fun. It's the northernmost trail in the system other than Rampart Range Road itself, and it connects with the northernmost point of Dakan Road.
The trail changes from year to year. Most of the time it is a smooth and often graded dirt road with some hills and narrow sections. At other times, erosion turns it into a fun mess of whoopdeedoos. You never know what you're going to get.
The trailhead doesn't have any good places to stop and air down, so if you want to get ready for the trail you should probably do so in one of the pull out areas along Jackson Creek Road before you get to the trailhead. There is a wide spot just before the pavement turns to dirt.
You start in the headquarters for the Brotherhood of the White Temple, also marked as Shamballa-Ashrama on topographic maps. It starts as a very smooth and easy dirt road.
You soon come to a "Y" in the road. The left portion goes over a bridge, though it is difficult to see that it is a bridge if there is a lot of growth around it. The right portion dips down into a small amount of water. You can cross using either option. The two portions connect again just on the other side of the bridge. The water is not usually deep enough to warrant any concern for any vehicle.
The trail immediately gets narrow, with a fence alongside it. If you are going to find any whoopdeedoos they start soon after this point. These cracks can be a lot of fun, and they are the highlight of the trail other than scenery. Note that it would be impossible to pass someone in many portions of this section of the trail if it is eroded, and it is usually traveled uphill.
Once you finish with the cracks, if there are any, you continue uphill and you come out of the trees. The trail is mellow again and soon you connect with the Dakan Road trail. Turn left to head to the Dakan Road trailhead and back to town, or right to head to Rampart Range Road.
Information last updated on June 22nd, 2014.
- June 14, 2014: ran by Ben, Bryan, Holly, Monica and Walt
- September 29, 2007: ran by Dane, Don, Matt K., Mike S. and Roger
- August 4, 2007: ran by Bill S., Bob R., Brian D., Dane, Dave B., Don, Jed, Ladd, Monica, Robert, Steve B., Todd and Walt
From Denver, take I-25 exit 182 onto Wolfensberger Road and head west. Turn left when the road ends on North Perry Park Road. Turn right onto Jackson Creek Road and follow it as it heads to the Brotherhood of the White Temple headquarters, marked with a sign. Turn left at a "Y" onto Hidden Valley Road.
Meet at the Circle K at 23 E Wolfensberger Road in Castle Rock.