Dawson's Butte

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added by John Fisch Epic on March 21, 2011
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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.
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Tominello on March 18, 2015
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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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cha-cha on August 29, 2014
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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.

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AlwzLrng on July 7, 2014
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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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Gdb49 on May 10, 2014
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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.

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BMCPete on September 2, 2013
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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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jlryan36 on July 9, 2013
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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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bunnjovi on December 2, 2012
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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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Guest on November 27, 2012
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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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tetontom on September 30, 2012
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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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BushyAR15 on September 8, 2012
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Review: Excellent Beginner MTB trail. Just got back into cycling (MTB) after 15 years and 30 lbs. later. Nice loop. Nice easy rollers, good interval training. Trail did seem very sandy. Be mindful of the number of equestrians on the trail...

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maddslacker on August 19, 2012
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Review: This is a mellow 5 mile loop. It is slightly downhill for the first 3 miles, then slightly uphill the the last two miles. There is some loose sand in the middle, but it's rideable with some practice. Unlike many Front Range trails, this one has a fair amount of shade so it's good for hot mid-day rides. This is a great place for beginners to build their confidence.

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schus08 on August 15, 2012
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Review: Nice scenery but way to much sand and horse crap.

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Joshb976 on June 27, 2012
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Review: GREAT local trail system. This system is not a monster downhill track by any means, but it is a really nice smooth flowing single track that is not only fun for beginners but great for the local rider who wants to take it easy for the day. I am in agreement with the previous reviews about this place. The shade is nice so you can ride here in the middle of the summer, the short stints of downhill are fun with some nice switchbacks thrown in, the uphill is smooth and non intimidating for beginners, and it's fast. The only two things that are kinda lame is all the sand in areas which can really put a damper on your speed, and all the horses. If you are a beginner are you are taking a beginner out this is the place to go. It has all the parts of a great single track XC system without the technical aspects to scare away the new comer.

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arizonaglider on June 22, 2012
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Review: This is one of my favorite trails along the front range of Colorado but since it's so easy to get to from I-25 and between Denver and Colorado Springs it is often really busy on weekends. Also horses are allowed which both gives you something to watch out for around corners and also some things to dodge on the trail itself. The trail is very different depending on which direction you ride. The trail head is basically at the top of the loop so you always descend then climb back to where you started. Riding counter-clockwise is faster since the low point is at about three miles and the visibility going down is pretty good. After a very fast ride I'm warmed up and ready for the two mile climb of nearly 1000' back to the car. Riding clockwise I need to be on the brakes quite a bit at the start because of the limited visibility and the steeper descent. Riding clockwise is a little easier however since the three mile climb is a little easier. I usually ride counter-clockwise because those first three miles are really fun.

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fenik44 on November 19, 2011
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Review: Great trail for some fast up and down looptyloops! It feels like you are going downhill the whole time because every climb is quickly followed withsome fun turns and downhill. Great for a beginer. This trail gave my wife the confidence to ride and to realize single track can be fun not just scary. Watch out for horses...

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tangoscott on July 19, 2011
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Review: I have gone to this trail 5 days in a row. Its my favorite trail. Its like my second home, i ride alone, and there is never anyone there.

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hubschrauber on July 17, 2011
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Review: Most of the trail is under the cover of ponderosa pine forest with a few short sections out in the open, making this trail great for a hot day. The trail surface is very sandy and hard-packed enough to ride but there are a few areas where the sand is deep enough to make riding a little hazardous even on mountain bike tires. As others have posted, the loop is more fun CCW which saves most of the sand for the uphill. My 7 year old son rode the loop in 43 minutes including a short stop for a snack.

* Review edited 7/17/2011

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Toddab on June 5, 2011
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Review: Fun trail, perfect for begginners! My wife who is a new singletrack rider loved it. Go CCW and the downhill is better. You get almost 3 miles of DH if you go this way, but watch for horses. The 2 mile climb back up to the lot was easy and the whole ride only took 50 mins. I wanted to do it a second time.

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Adam__Brown_ on May 11, 2011
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Review: Ok so this trail is easy! However it is still really fun, a good thee mile downhill on smooth hard pack. I think Colorado's front range lacks easy trails, and I think they are defiantly needed to get people into the sport. I took my newbie lady friend and she had a great time. I'm giving it four stars for a great green level trail.

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John Fisch on March 21, 2011
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Review: If you want to crank some laps on fast, flowy singletrack, this ride is just the ticket. There's nothing more technical than a moderately tight switchback and a couple sandy areas. Other than that, its pure, smooth sailing. CCW is my preferred direction--it does mean you finish with the steeper climb on the sandy parts, but you get to start of with over three miles of almost all downhill on perfect hardpack. The downhill is gradual enough to be non-threatening, but just steep enough to have some real fun. Most of the trail has some very nice flow. This would be a great place to bring a beginner for his/her first off road bike excursion. I usually don't care for rides that have no technical challenges, but this one is pretty fun. At only 5 miles with 300ft of climbing, you may need to do a few laps to get a workout.

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Dawson's Butte MTB Trail 4.15 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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