Dawson's Butte

3.89 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
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (38 total check-ins)
  ktallakson   on Jan 3, 2018
  Corey Maddocks   on Nov 4, 2017
  Aaron Nuttall   on Jul 20, 2017
  Socketsmurf   on Jun 5, 2017
  Socketsmurf   on Jun 5, 2017
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Reviews (27)

Bunny Hop

May 2, 2016
Review: Terrible trail for mountain biking, very sandy.


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: Rated 4 in the winter for fat biking. 3 in the summer time. Would be good for beginners, but lots of horse traffic on summer weekends.


December 1, 2015
Brian87 Gnarly  
Review: This is a great trail that has a good bit of flow to it. There are a few spots with some deep sandnear the bottom of the trail that can make things challenging. There are hikers and horse on this trail, but for the most part they dont slow you down very much.

Granny Gear

September 7, 2015
Review: Pretty easy going for the most part. One or two deep sand pits that was the most challenging part of the ride. Took me 40 minutes counterclockwise

Granny Gear

September 4, 2015
Review: Very very very sandy! Sand is not fun. I felt like I was mountain biking at the beach. Almost ate it really bad a few times.


August 31, 2015
rhulsey Gnarly  
Review: Great place for an easy ride. The scenery is great and the trail is nice. There are the occasional hikers and horses, but neither are an issue (hikers generally move to the side or off the trail, and I always stop and move off for the horses). The worst issue on the trail is the deep sand in spots (mostly at the lower end).

Granny Gear

April 5, 2015
trav247 Granny Gear  
Review: The sand was hard to ride through!!

Granny Gear

March 19, 2015
Tominello Granny Gear  
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 :)


August 29, 2014
cha-cha Gramcounter  
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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Granny Gear

July 7, 2014
AlwzLrng Granny Gear  
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!

Dawson's Butte MTB Trail 3.89 out of 5 based on 27 ratings. 27 user reviews.
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