The first half of this trail is mostly packed dirt, narrow, and rocky with some erosion. The second half is wide with fine gravel. Little shade on this trail.
This mellow trail can be used in either direction and because it has several access points it is convenient to pick and choose certain sections.
From the Foothills Trailhead, begin by heading west towards the narrow tunnel under Highway 36. This passage often collects standing water after heavy rains. Follow the trail through grassy, rolling fields and next to a wetland area. The water for this marsh comes from the small stream next to the trail which becomes more prominent the further you run. You also cross a farmer's irrigation ditch. Proceed up a gradual incline with the inescapable highway noise competing with birdsong and frog calls. Upon arriving at a short section of wooden fence, the Foothills Bench Trail
starts on the right whereas the Foothills North Trail continues straight before heading steeply up an incline to the south.
At the heavily eroded trail junction (neighborhood access to the east, Hogback Ridge Trail
to the west) continue southwards along the Foothills North Trail. From this high point, the trail descends gradually and approaches the western edge of the Dakota Ridge neighborhood. You'll come to a trailhead providing access to the neighborhood and then make a sharp turn to the east. This nearly flat section of trail passes between two fence lines next to several newly built mega-mansions. At another trailhead and neighborhood access point, turn south again to parallel 5th St. The trail ends at Lee Hill Road, across from the Fourmile Creek Trail
This is a multi-use trail so expect to see bikers and users with unleashed dogs.
Prairie dogs and deer. Yucca, wildflowers and prairie grasses.