“The 4.6-mile Sharptail Ridge Trail crosses high rolling grasslands, home to a variety of wildlife.”
— Derek Griffiths
Birding · Wildflowers
Closed during hunting season. No bikes or pets.
This trail is approximately 4.6 miles one-way to where it connects with Douglas Countyâ€™s Swallowtail Trail. Connections can lead to the Pike National Forestâ€™s Indian Creek Trailhead, the Colorado Trail, and Roxborough State Park trails.
The 4.6-mile Sharptail Ridge Trail crosses high rolling grasslands, home to a variety of wildlife including elk herds that roam the Douglas County Open Space, as well as through the southeast portion of Roxborough State Park shrublands.
This trailhead has a log-cabin style group picnic shelter, port-a-potty, interpretive signs, benches, water spigot, parking for cars and seven horse trailers (15 with overflow), hitch rails, and a dirt surface. The trail has a steady, but not too challenging, climb on the way out which makes for a nice rolling downhill on the way back if you choose to complete this as an out-and-back run.
Expect seasonal closures on the Sharptail Ridge Open Space trail segment in the fall to allow for hunting as regulated by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.