The Rawhide Trail is a very popular loop hike within Colorado’s White Ranch Park, a beautiful open space area operated by Jefferson County. We love the Rawhide Trail for its sheer beauty, with expansive meadow views and peaceful evergreen forest strolls. The trailhead is only about 30 miles from Denver, making the Rawhide Trail an ideal day hike or trail run. At 5.3 miles in length and with about 900 feet of elevation gain, the trail is moderately challenging. Indeed, the park rates most Rawhide Trail segments as “More Difficult,” which is their middle difficulty rating.
Hike Review Series: Rawhide Trail
Rawhide Trail Guide
The Rawhide Trail is clearly marked with wooden stakes and signs, so it is easy to follow the route. Continue along to the main segment of the Rawhide Trail and enjoy the expansive open meadow views to your left. Head downhill towards the intersection of Wrangler’s Run branch trail. [0.9 miles]
Bear right to stay on the Rawhide Trail. Continue along the Rawhide Trail gaining slight elevation. Along the way, you’ll see the Ralston Reservoir peeking through the trees on your righthand side. Keep going until you reach the junction with the Waterhole Trail on your left. The Waterhole Trail is a branch trail that will take you to the Sourdough Springs Campground, should you choose to camp. [1.6 miles]
Recommended Hiking Apparel and Gear
For a well-rounded and more interpretive Colorado Open Space experience, we recommend picking up a few naturalist guides. An easy to use field guide for plants and birds will help identify species and further add to the enjoyment of your time outdoors.
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