Rawhide Trail Review

Rawhide Trail: Hike Review

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

Route Information

  • Round Trip Distance: 5.3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft.
  • Trail Type: Loop
  • Trailhead: West Trailhead 
  • Coordinates: 39.818797, -105.286527
  • Dogs Permitted?: Yes, on leash
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Route Instructions

Planning Tips

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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