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Davenport Loop Trail

Difficulty: Difficult Experienced riders only

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General Description

The Davenport Loop provides an excellent day trip opportunity for trail bike users or hikers. The loop is composed of segments of four National Forest trails identified as the Squirrel Creek Access Trail. The entire loop is approximately 10 1/2 miles long. It is rated as moderately difficult for trail bikers and is recommended for experienced riders only.

The loop begins by taking the Squirrel Creek Trail eastward out of the Davenport Campground. This trail meanders along the Squirrel Creek drainage and follows an abandoned roadbed which once served as the route for CO Highway 76. This road was mostly washed out during a flood in 1947 and was never rebuilt. Instead, the highway was relocated several miles to the south.
The remains of bridges and other structures destroyed by the flood can still be seen along the trail.

Approximately 4 1/2 miles below the Davenport Campground, the second leg of the loop is taken by turning northwesterly onto the Dome Rock Trail (the vertical drop from the Davenport Campground to this junction is about 1,300 feet). Continue up the Dome Rock Trail for approximately 3 miles to where this trail junctions with the Second Mace Trail. The Dome Rock Trail takes the traveler through Dome Rock Canyon and is the most scenic leg of the loop. Of major interest is Dome Rock itself; a large monolith which is located just below the Dome Rock - Second Mace Trail junction. The vertical rise from Squirrel Creek to the Second Mace Trail is 1,500 feet.

The third leg of the loop is made by following the Second Mace Trail westward for approximately 1 3/4 miles to the point where it junctions with the Second Mace Access Trail. This leg of the loop only rises about 400 feet between the Dome Rock Trail and Second Mace Access Trail junctions.

The last leg of the loop is made by turning southeasterly onto the Second Mace Access Trail This trail will return the traveler to the Davenport Campground. The distance from the Second Mace Trail to the campground is approximately 1 1/4 miles with a vertical drop of about 600 feet.

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Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: For very experienced riders only. Treacherous switchbacks and a mile long incline that leaves no room for mistakes. The quads had less of a problem though. Take rain gear, it'll probably rain.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Geology Dome Rock
ICON Horseback Riding Horses permitted
ICON Motorcycle Riding Recommended for experienced riders only
ICON Viewing Scenery Dome Rock Canyon

Related Activities
Davenport Campground - Attractions at this campground include nearby hiking, biking or motorized trails, a babbling brook running through the campground and stream fishing.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO


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