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Horseback Riding: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > San Carlos Ranger District

Quick Facts

Dikes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,540 Feet (2662.1 Meters) Dikes Trailhead
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 860 Feet (268.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters) Ponderosa Road
High Point: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1389
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Map: Cuchara Pass, Cuchara

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General Description

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There is a railroad tie staircase at the northern trailhead, with a handrail at the trailhead; there is also a trail register board. Don't forget to sign in. The tread is awfully narrow for mountain bikes. Beware of protruding foliage.

The trail parallels the hogback for about 2 miles, but you have to switchback about 1/2 to reach the ridge. Following the hogback is easy and not steep. There are no views here because of the timber; which includes include scrub oak, white fir and Mexican locust. After about 1.5 miles in there is an open area where there is a good view of the ski area. After the open area about 1/4 mile you will join an old logging road; make sure to follow the road up to the high point . Going down the road takes you to a dead end at a private property boundary. The the high point is about 1 mile away. Then the trail follows the ridge back down through the switchbacks. The trail ends at a parking area. Most hikers take the trail to the viewpoint area and turn around. Not generally used for camping; water is scarce.

Directions from Cuchara: From Cuchara, go east at the Community Church, toward Misty Haven Cabins, for about 1/2 mile. Trailhead parking is behind some cabins.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-May through Mid-October (NOTE: Parking, sign-in board) .

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ICON Geology Dikes
ICON Hiking & Walking Dikes Trail
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Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737, Fax: 719-543-8926


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