Dawson's Butte

4.10 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
It's a simple loop from the parking lot--you can't get lost if you stay on the main trail. There are a bunch of detours on bridle trails--leave them to the equestrians. The singletrack is usually wide, non threatening, and passes through a mix of ponderosa forest and open meadows. The loop is just over 5 miles with about 300 feet of elevation change, so the grade is always gradual. Going CCW provides a longer, more interesting downhill. Although a map is not necessary, one is available on the Douglas County web site.
added by John FischEpic March 21, 2011
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (21)

April 4, 2015
Review: The sand was hard to ride through!!

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March 18, 2015
Review: Rode this trail for the first time today. Loved it. Fast, flowy and firm. I was doubting my newly purchased 29er, but this trail was made for the bike...or maybe the other way around :)

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August 29, 2014
Review: Love this trail as it flows through the pines and scrub oak. I like to go clockwise and then counter-clockwise just to add some miles. Nothing technical but the flow is awesome.

Similar Trail: Greenland Open Space

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July 7, 2014
Review: Perfect for families! My three kids and I (6yrs - 13yrs) tried this trail and found it to be perfect for all of us. It was fun for my older son who liked to hop over branches and rocks, but smooth enough for my 6 year-old who owns a pink bike with a basket. There were just enough obstacles in the trail (rock here, root there) to make her think she was world's greatest mountain biker, but nothing that a total novice couldn't handle. Minus us, the trail was empty at 9 am on the Monday after 4th of July. Great trail for those who want to be mountain bikers, but really aren't!

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May 10, 2014
Review: I'm giving this trail 5 stars because it delivers exactly what it advertises. Needed a beginer trail for a true beginer who is not ready for any tech or exposure and this trail delivers the most perfect true beginer experience for that type of rider. It is truly beautiful, fast and flowy, has more turns than you could ask for, and the real sharpe ones do not have any consequences. If you want to take your wife or girlfriend for a ride and she is a timid beginer, this is your trail. We loved it, even me and I love tech. Hills are gentle, but with a hint of a challange. Only 5 miles so the new rider isn't overwhellemed, and you can ride it the opposite direction if you need more mile. Make this a week day, weekends are full of horses, hikers and other bikers. Went just after a rain and it really removed the sand aspect of the trail- very nice hard packed trail. Trail is a slightly wide single track easy to follow and well marked. Rode CCW.

Similar Trail: None

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September 2, 2013
Review: Fairly new to MTB riding, so whenever I go out for a ride, I try out new trails.

Dawson Butte is a nice ride overall. A few areas with soft sand, some in tight hairpin turns, but nothing that a beginner cannot handle since you need to go slow around the hairpins anyway! :)

Rode 2 laps, first in a counter-clockwise direction and the second the reverse.

All in all, I would say that neither direction has any benefit or detractors. You will have uphill sections and downhill sections either way.

Make sure you have plenty of water, as the open areas allow the sun to cook you!

Total time for my ride was 1hr, 8 min. That includes a number of stops for horse traffic or hikers/walkers.

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July 9, 2013
Review: This is a great trail for beginners and kids. a little bigger than a single track, with some small inclines, fun descents and soft sand. Which makes it challenging to keep your bike steady. It's mostly in a covered area surrounded by ponderosa pines and opens into a meadow, and makes it's way back under cover. If you go counter clockwise you get more of the descent than going clock wise. You can't get lost, it starts and stops at the parking lot. There are also other trails to connect with in this open space. over all it's a fun family ride. There is some horse poo to deal with. But that's why we have water. :)

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December 2, 2012
Review: I liked this trail. I would have given it 3.5 stars, maybe a little higher if i could. I definitely think its more fun to ride counter clockwise. Pros- fun, twisty, turny, short enough loop that it can be ridden by all skill levels by doing as many laps as you like. Nice wooded trail. Cons- very sandy in spots, lots of horse traffic. This trail will definitely go into my rotation.

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November 27, 2012
Review: Super easy, but silly fun. Did two laps tonight for the first time to try out a new light and to prepare for a 23 hour race. Will be back for sure for more night laps... Would be pretty "meh" in the daylight.

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September 30, 2012
Review: Rode this trail today with my wife, who is a beginner in need of a confidence-builder. this trail was the perfect choice. Nothing that could be called technical or hazardous. I admit, though, that I loved it enough to give it a second lap (alone this time). Ridden a bit faster and harder, this was a genuine thrill on my rigid CroMo 29'er. Also, scenery is hard to beat, and we were the only riders on the trail.

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Dawson's Butte MTB Trail 4.10 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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