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Russell Ridge Road

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 4.3 (6)

Old forest road that follows a ridgeline with great views all around.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

93%

Runnable

7,996' 2,437 m

High

7,608' 2,319 m

Low

568' 173 m

Up

343' 105 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Overall, this is a pretty solid dirt road. Some spots get rocky but shouldn't pose any problems.

Description

To get to the trailhead, take Hwy 67 west from Sedalia into the mountains. After passing a youth camp, the road will curve to the south. At that point, start keeping a lookout for a dirt road on the right with signs to the "Columbine Public Archery Range" (39°21'59.1"N 105°07'00.2"W). Follow the signs along the dirt road to the archery range that will dead end into a parking lot. The trail is the old forest road on the north side of the parking lot.

The trail is a pretty easy run along the old forest road. The majority of the steady uphill portion is between 0.25 miles and the 1 mile point. After that, it just gently rolls up and down. At the 3 mile point, the road forks and the trail continues to the left (39°24'04.4"N 105°08'33.1"W). The right fork leads up a short ways to a camping spot at the top of the hill with a great 360 degree view! The last 1/4 mile is downhill and terminates at an old "No Motor Vehicles" sign and another great camping spot.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of butterflies and grasshoppers can be found on this trail.

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Shared By:

Gyro Northrop

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 6 votes

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in South Platte

#8023

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in South Platte

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Snowy trail
Sep 9, 2020 near Roxboro…, CO
Heading north on the trail
Aug 18, 2017 near Roxboro…, CO
Segement 2 of the CT is visible in the distance
Aug 18, 2017 near Roxboro…, CO
Campsite at the end of the trail
Aug 18, 2017 near Roxboro…, CO

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Apr 27, 2019
Chad Phyle
Beautiful but tough hike in with our packs. Dry dirt road that has many viewpoints throughout and some cool scattered rock boulder fields. 3.5mi — 1h 30m