Summary: This loop can be taken either way. There are other trails that intersect with this trail and they can be taken for variety. Several benches are provided at senic spots along the trail. In the northwest section, there is a camping area with a few campsites.
Trailhead: From Golden, head north on Hwy 93 from Hwy 6 for about 1.5 miles. Turn west on Golden Gate Canyon Rd for about 4 miles to Crawford Gulch Rd. Travel another 4 miles to Belcher Rd. Follow this to the trailhead.
Follow the signs to 'White Ranch' open space park. (Lat:39.81878 Lon:-105.28646)
Trail Guides for Rawhide loop:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Jefferson County open space, 303-271-5925
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Dennis Camell, who has posted 21 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Amie on 9/28/2012
A lovely hike that doesn't require much planning, at least this time of year. My dog and I did the full Rawhide loop in about 3 hours, stopping a long time for lunch and for taking pictures. I am of moderate condition and felt that I got some exercise. We saw very few people, although the parking lot was about half full.
Reviewed by Chris on 3/4/2012
Was a great hike. The day I went it was very windy but only really bad up by the parking area. Weren't a lot of people which made it nice. My dog loved it! Didn't do the whole loop cut across on Waterhole. Took one hour 45 to do it with considerable amount of hard-packed snow on the trail.
Reviewed by Craig on 10/18/2009
Wow if you want added challenge go clockwise the first time and dont stop or slow your pace. Stay on the Raw hide trail the entire way, its more like 6.1 miles. I did it in just over 2 hours and I cinsider myself just above average in conditioning. Great veiws and not too crowded, well maintained. Lots of wild life sign. Lots of shaded areas if needed. For being this close to metro excellent hike area.
Reviewed by sally on 4/24/2008
Good hike with sun and shade. There are a bunch of other trails in the White Ranch Park. http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R57.htm Great for a quick hike outside of Denver. - You'll find a lot of mountain bikers as well.
Reviewed by R.B. on 1/2/2006
Very nice, good trail for those like me who do not have a high degree of physical conditioning but enjoy a moderate hike with great scenery. Side trails available for modifying your hike, if you so choose.
Reviewed by Potter on 8/15/2005
My husband and I have done this hike a couple of times. It is a great hike you can do in under 2 hours. The hike has plenty of views and the feel of being in the mountains. You can refill your watering container midway at the Waterhole. It's never two busy and a easy commute from Denver. This is one of our personal favorites.
Reviewed by Tara on 3/21/2005
I did this hike with my husband, kids aged 10 and 8, and dogs (one husky aged 2 and one large mixed breed aged 8). The weather was nice, it was in March, but the trail was quite icy near the beginning. This kept our walk at a slow pace for a while. Also, it IS a moderate walk. We started off at 2.00pm and finished at 6.15pm. Mainly because the kids got tired, and it was icy in parts (therefore slower going). It was a BEAUTIFUL walk. There were no other hikers. The dogs LOVED it. Take baggies with to pick up after your dogs, as we did. This will keep the trail a pleasure for other hikers and won't give us dog owners a bad name. We're definately going to do this trail again. The views were fantastic. We also saw a herd of deer.
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