Hidden Mesa

3.82 out of 5
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↑ 200 ft
↓ 500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This Open Space was opened June 2006. This ride is lollipop shaped. It features a 2.1 miles loop at the top of the mesa designed for mountain bikers. Somewhat technical but fun for all. Ride the loop in either direction.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is it in a state park -Guest

A: Nope

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Reviews (34)

Granny Gear

March 15, 2018
redbike29 Granny Gear  
Review: Hidden Mesa is a quick fun ride. The main moderate climb up to the mesa is easy, and but enough to get your heart pumping. Nice views from the mesa, with nice rock gardens on the middle and west edges. Great for a quick 40-50 minute workout, if parking at the HWY 83 trail head.

Similar Trail: Phillip Miller trails

Granny Gear

January 27, 2018
hmh Granny Gear  
Review: Great loop with some technical obstacles, but also has fast, float rollers at some points and some really fun sections. More advanced riders should definitely ride the rocky pass downhill--the most fun section imo. Rocky pass has some large rocks and drops up to 2 feet, but can be ridden on a hardtail. It is steep, perfectly loose, and towards the bottom has some crazy fun jumps and harmed corners.

Bunny Hop

July 28, 2016
steelworx Bunny Hop  
Review: Very nice short trail near Franktown with enough technical features to keep all level riders interested. We parked at the trailhead off of 83 & found we had to pedal a ways to get to the fun stuff. I recommend parking at the Pleasant View Trailhead. Rocky Pass section has a very loose climb but the downhill was a blast. Mesa Rim Loop is really nice place to work on skills riding rock.

Similar Trail: Reveille Peak Ranch

Bunny Hop

May 2, 2016
Review: Short rocky trail with a few small technical areas.


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: A nice trail close to the SE Aurora that offers a nice mix of terrain. Not a destination spot, but a good place to get a quick fix when you are pressed for time.

Granny Gear

October 17, 2015
etdhaz Granny Gear  
Review: Only easy if you want it to be, nice local trail

Bunny Hop

October 7, 2015
JamesYazda Bunny Hop  
Review: Let me start this review off by saying if you're looking for a challenging ride, Hidden Mesa has it. If you're looking for a low key discover and explore ride to just enjoy the outdoors Hidden Mesa is your ride.

The ride starts off pretty easy with some single track that gets a bit wider the closer to the top you get. It's pretty untechnical from here until you get to the climb. Newly put in, there is a trail off to the right which is far easier, more flowy and less technical. But who doesn't love rocks? Our first ascent took us up this new trail. There were a few switch backs and rollers making this a pretty fun, though short downhill.

The real beauty of Hidden Mesa is the top. Once you've reached the top you get a beautiful view and some amazing technical riding. With a huge open area of pick-your-own-line across a wide variety of rocks, you get to practice all those technical skills that are a little harder to find otherwise. Drops can go up to 10ft or more, or if you're a little less adventurous you can settle with 1ft and 3ft drops. Turning those drops into step-ups is more fun. It's a challenging little exercise of footwork and weight balance to throw your bike 3-5ft up into the air in order to make it onto a rock.

This is definitely a ride for skills and trials riding as there is a ton. I ended up meeting a guy named Mark who was doing some really fun and crazy lines. It's always great to meet new folks on the trail who can give you pointers.

My other favorite part of the trail was the beastly climb we had skipped in the beginning. My ride style is down and that's where we went. It's pretty challenging navigating down really loose rock. It'll get your "learn how to break on loose rock" skills up really quickly. If you have a clear path you can catch quite a lot of speed which is really fun when those jumps come. Despite only being a few inches off the ground you can really get some air on them.

Overall it's a pretty short loop but you can really make a day of it. Hidden Mesa is really great for a novice rider to get used to riding, or an advanced rider looking to work on some technical skills.

Granny Gear

August 13, 2015
Joshb976 Granny Gear  
Review: Nice trail, beginner level with a few steep climbs.

Granny Gear

July 24, 2015
hm757 Granny Gear  
Review: Nothing too special to add to what everyone else said. Basic climb up to the mesa, the last 150 yards or so are the most challenging, a couple ledges to get over, but there's a bypass if you don't feel up to it. Loop is pretty straightforward, some good rockgardens, but little/no elevation change up top. Does have a great view. Loops until you're bored, and then the downhill is fun, albeit short. Similarly, first 100 yards provide a minimal challenge, and the rest is just flat out.

Note: As of 7/23, they had just mowed, so there is basically straw all over the bottom third of the trail. Not a big deal, unless you're hauling on the downhill. Be prepared to not stop at all. . . .

Similar Trail: Ridgeline Open Space

Granny Gear

August 5, 2014
Review: Fun after work ride if you live in Franktown or Founders Village in Castle Rock. You earn the down hill for sure on this. The way up is a bit rocky but going down is fun. Once you get to the top there is a fund rock play ground to bunny hop and dink around on.

Hidden Mesa MTB Trail 3.82 out of 5 based on 34 ratings. 34 user reviews.
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