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Rawhide Trail



5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer loop
91% Runnable


Ascent: 766' 234 m
Descent: -780' -238 m
High: 7,534' 2,296 m
Low: 7,089' 2,161 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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An undulating singletrack loop with a long steep section near the end.

Benjamin Pontecorvo

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Water bars and continual grade reversals make this an interesting run.


Rawhide starts off with smooth, wide doubletrack that rolls just a bit until you hit a campground and the intersection with Waterhole Trail. Turn left on singletrack and encounter some water bars. Contour around a hill on nice, fairly easy trail with great scenery.

You'll pass the other end of Waterhole, and continue on good singletrack until you start descending steeply to a creek bottom. Once at the creek bottom, there is a half mile of very steep trail with more large water bars.

Doing the trail the other way will get the steep sections over with faster, but it's not necessarily better in either direction.

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Jan 20, 2020
Geimi Chism
Very icy 5.6mi — 1h 40m
Sep 16, 2019
Emma H-p
After being sick it was a good trail to start on. Well maintained. Trail forces you to practice downhill and uphill running techniques. 5.4mi — 0h 54m
Sep 7, 2019
Stephen K
Aug 4, 2019
Josh M
Jul 30, 2019
Emily Knapp
5.4mi — 1h 26m
Jul 20, 2019
Troy Foster
Dry. 5.9mi
Jul 11, 2019
Stephen K
Jul 9, 2019
Dave Kruse
5.4mi — 1h 02m

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151 Views Last Month
3,130 Since Jul 13, 2013



One of the many vistas.
Nov 17, 2019 near Golden, CO
There are many great rocks along the trail mixed in among the trees.
Nov 17, 2019 near Golden, CO
Narrow gauge pathway!
Nov 17, 2019 near Golden, CO
A Culvert for the creek.  It was heavily shaded so there was quite a bit of snow when most of the trail was dry.
Nov 20, 2019 near Golden, CO
Cactus bloom
Apr 28, 2019 near Golden, CO
Enjoying the views
Apr 28, 2019 near Golden, CO

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