Dakan Road

Perry Park, Colorado (Douglas County)

Last Updated: 06/02/2019
4.5 /5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 05/01 - 11/30
Difficulty: 1-2
(EASY )
Length: 13.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 9034 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Perry Park
Nearest Town w/ Services: Castle Rock
Official Road Name: 563
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District
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Highlight: Dakan Road

Dakan Road is a very pleasant trail in the Pike National Forest near Castle Rock that runs from Perry Park Road to Rampart Range Road. It is suitable for all levels of drivers, and any stock 4x4 can run this with no problems. There are a few tremendous views of the front range. This trail can be a bit crowded so be on the lookout for traffic from dirt bikes, ATVs and other vehicles.

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Recommended Vehicle:
2WD Vehicle with High Clearance
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Technical Rating: 1-2
(EASY )

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 8" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 9" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 12" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep but with good traction.

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Description

Dakan Road is a dirt and sandstone Four-wheel drive road that sees heavy use. It connects Perry Park Road near Castle Rock to Rampart Range Road. It does have a connector road that is a fun offshoot – that road is the top half of Jackson Creek Road, and will also intersect with Rampart Range Road, across from the beginning of Long Hollow Road. It has many whoop-de-doos, and these are a whole lot more pleasant if you run this trail uphill, from the east to the west though it can be fun gaining some speed on the way down. Just make sure everything is tied down. Some spots can get pretty washed out, and some sections have deep but passable ruts but most of the time this trail is in good condition. Traffic will be encountered in either direction so keep your eyes open. The trail is 13.3 miles long from pavement to the top of Rampart Range Road. Depending on how fast you drive, it takes, at least, an hour but allow an hour and a half to enjoy the sights. If you want to do it as a loop, run it from the bottom to the top, and then make a right turn (north) at Rampart Range Road, and then make a right at Jackson Creek, and run that FS 502/503 back to the intersection near the rock obstacle. There is only one real obstacle on the trail which is called the Rock. There is no easy way around, and a trailer would not likely make it over this, but it is not hard to get up or down in a stock vehicle, just pick a line towards the outside and watch for drop-offs. There are rocks that people drive on around the obstacle. It has a tremendous view. Just after this obstacle, there is a turn uphill at a Y. Make sure you are continuing uphill and stay on FS 563. If you went straight, it turns into FS 503 and is clearly marked, which is the top half of Jackson Creek, and will also intersect with Rampart Range Road, a few miles North of the beginning of Long Hollow Road. This trail can be a bit crowded so be on the lookout for traffic from dirt bikes, ATVs and other vehicles. There are seasonal closures from December 1st to May 1st of each year.

Waypoints

1. Begin Private Property and NF access

There is a fork in the road, and you will turn left to get to the start of the actual trail. The first 2 miles are private property until you come to the gate. If you are lucky, there is a lot of wildlife on this trail.

2. First Gate

This is the gate where they close off the trail seasonally even if the gate at the base of the dirt road isn't closed. There are locals that have to have access to their property.

3. Rock Obstacle

As of Late April 2018, this has been graded and is not an obstacle any longer on the trail. The upper portion is still a fun playground, but the road itself is passable. There are rocks that people drive on around the obstacle. It has a tremendous view. Just after this obstacle, there is a turn uphill at a Y. Make sure you are continuing uphill and stay on FS 563. If you went straight, it turns into FS 503 and is clearly marked, which is the top half of Jackson Creek, and will also intersect with Rampart Range Road, across from the beginning of Long Hollow Road.

4. Balancing Rock

Really neat rock formation and spot for parking and camping. It is a good place to stop and take a few pictures.

5. Big View Camp

This is a camp site with a view on top of the rocks

6. West End Trail Head

This is the End of the Trail where it intersects with Rampart Range Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.309250, -105.031136
This is the trail head on the East side. From the North: I-25 South take exit 181 for Frontage Rd/Plum Creek Pkwy toward Wilcox St, Turn right onto W Plum Creek Pkwy, in 1.3 mi, Turn left onto W Wolfensberger Rd. In 4.7 mi Turn left onto CO-105 E. 4.8 mi Turn right onto W Dakan Rd. From the South: I-25 North, Exit Tomah Road. Turn Left Head west on Tomah Rd. In 4.0 mi, Turn right onto CO-105 W. Drive 1.9 mi then Turn left onto W Dakan Rd

Camping

Designated

There are marked camping and parking sites along the trail. They fill up quickly in the summer months. Expect lots of traffic so if you are looking for a nice quiet spot, look elsewhere. There is a lot of camping along Rampart Range Road as well. Click here for additional camping information near Rampart Range and for current fire restrictions for the area.

Camping: Dakan Road

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Trail Reviews (37)

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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Drove Dakan Road Friday from East to West all the way to Rampart Range Rd. It was a lot of fun. Few small puddles, no concerns. Went out again Saturday to camp. Lots of quad, dirt bike & side by side traffic Sunday.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Dakan Road is open for the season. Conditions are fantastic, dry with only a few muddy spots. There was a lot of traffic so watch for ATVs and Dirt Bikes.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Under mud closure until 5/31/2019 https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd611536.pdf

Author:
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Still closed

Author:
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Closed due to "Wet Conditions".

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Nice easy & scenic drive. Not much traffic in the area today. Trail is in great shape.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Easy, but scenic. Didn't see many people. Found a great spot to spot and chill for lunch. Hardly needed 4x4 honestly. But very enjoyable. We only got to go about half-way due to rain that came in. Video summary attached.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Please be advised that this trail may be closed at the Rampart Range (FS 300) end of the trail. There was a Police incident there on 07/02 and the area has been closed off for 48 hours while investigators work through the scene. The Forest Service does not have a good beat on the trails involved, just that this area is on lockdown and be aware that the trails in the area may be inaccessible from Rampart.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Took Dakan Road from East to West this morning. The trail overall was good but definitely more rutted and bumpy then previous times. Maybe due to the rain we had last week and general traffic/usage.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
First time on this trail. Second time off-roading! Great trail. All the camp sites were full with Memorial Day weekend, but surprisingly the trail wasn’t too crazy. Very dusty and dry but the trail was well groomed and fun. The "Rock Obstacle" was smoothed out so no problems, good for me being a newbie :P Went right towards Upper Jackson Creek instead of staying to the left. Got a nice surprise with that trail, haha, posted a report and some photos. At the end of Dakan Road we went north on Rampart Road to head home. It's a great loop. Want to cross over to Long Hollow Road on another trip that looks like fun. Will want to go back so we can do a bit more sight seeing and take our time, it was just too crowded with the holiday crowd. Celebrity sighting photo added, hey JD!

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Fun little trail. Nothing really technical. There were stock vehicles all over the place, including small trucks and sedans. So the rating of "Easy" for this trail is not understated. The rock feature can be as technical as you want it to be, but mostly the road just runs through it on the left as stated. I went on Memorial Day weekend so that trail was busy, but not crowded. The most "dangerous" portion of the whole thing was getting to the trailhead. People speeding down the blind corners on the road up to the trailhead were common, had one guy almost slide into me. Otherwise, had a good time. It's an "offroad" trail, but rides more like a casual Sunday drive.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Spoke with the Ranger for this about the grading going on in the area and the rock formation at Waypoint 3. The rock obstacle that is forming at Waypoint 3 is not authorized and shouldn't be climbed. The trail rating on this trail is NOT impacted by this user created obstacle. The grading that is being done in the area should be done soon. Much of what's being done is water run-off mitigation.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Few wets spots toward the end, but dry for 95% of the trail. With the rock section newly graded this trail is easily no more than a 3 rating. Saw a Prius half way up it if that gives any indication haha. Still some rocks and bumps occasionally but nothing a stock 2WD vehicle can't handle on a nice dry day.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Dakan was wetter than I'm used to which made it more fun than usual. Lot of puddles to splash through. Seems like they are working on getting it graded for the season. Had to pose a bit towards the top.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran Dakan to Upper Jackson Creek. There is road work going on and apparent grading work. The entire obstacle at Waypoint 3 is gone now and there is more than a foot of dirt and stone on top to smooth the area out. There are signs people are going up the rocks to the right and the fence seems to hint that this area is actually legal but it is not clear and we do not recommend you go through these rocks. We walked the obstacle that is forming and if legal would bring this trails rating up on the high end just a little bit. A question is out to the Forest Service to find out if this is a legal obstacle now that the old ledges are covered.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
It's always a fun way to head up into the mountains. I was surprised to see how much work grading the trail had been done. Makes it a lot easier.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I drove the first part of this trail out to the rock obstacle at waypoint 3 for a little rock crawling practice. Looks like the road is in the midst of a maintenance cycle, as I saw bulldozers parked along the side of the road and the trail looked freshly graded, with most of the ruts and moguls smoothed out. Of particular note, a layer of dirt has been pushed over the part of the rock obstacle crossing the main road, creating a smooth ramp over the rock and making the obstacle completely optional. It would be easily passable by a 2WD car at the moment, though I expect the dirt layer will gradually get worn away and expose the rock again. Of course you can still take the hard-core lines over the top of the rocks if you want to do some rock crawling.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Went out in a stock Jeep JL Sport, trail was a bit wet and muddy but nothing too crazy. Made it the whole way without needing to engage 4wd a single time.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We were advised today via a Forest Service announcement that this area is open early this season and the mud and seasonal closures for the area are over and the gates are open. Rampart Range and all singletrack side trails were also announced as being open.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Just a little slush and ice. It's likely they will close this trail on time, but there is a small hope they will keep the trail open until the first big snow. There is just so little of it there at this time. It appears as though the 'softening' of the obstacle at Waypoint 3 has resulted in a lot of off-trail usage in rigs climbing the rocks. The marks of where people have hit is obvious and it's the way trails get closed. Please stay the trail and if you see someone not, safely gather as much information as possible and report it.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Just wanted to test out the new tires and this is close to home so we took Dakan to Rampart Range. There's nothing new to not on the trail other than we noticed a lot of off trail usage. Stay the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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The trail is open all the way through. An off-trail repair that was made after a truck got stuck has been undone. Stay the trail. The 'obstacle' at waypoint 3 is largely gone at this time. It appears as though the Forest Service has filled in a lot of the rock and it is easily passable by all vehicles at this point.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Nice pass through on the way to some other places. Very little traffic, and great conditions.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran Dakan ALL the way through. Trail is just a little rutted from the wet season.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Sunny and dry all the way to Rampart Range Rd.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Open all the way through. All the snow is gone and there are only some wet muddy puddles.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The sun was setting when we came down Dakan from Rampart Range and there's only one photo before it got a little too dark for more. The upper part of the road is extremely soupy and wet from recent snow. That will likely dry over the next week or so as things melt off.

Author:
Status: Open
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Dakan road is open all the way to Rampart Range Road. Almost all of the snow has melted and the trail had only a few wet patches.

Author:
Status: Open
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Trail was icy and snowy in spots.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Dakan is currently open all the way through. Posted signs now say that official close date of the gate is December 1st.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Not very busy, and a very pleasant day on the trail. Trail conditions were good, and there were still a number of camp sites open.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
There wasn't much traffic today on the the trail. A pleasant surprise. Good conditions, and beautiful weather.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
Offroaded on:
Trail is open as of 5/20/2016 and already seeing plenty of use the first weekend. Conditions are great, no winter deterioration. Enjoy

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Trail is still closed for the season to all vehicles due to conditions

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The last trip down Dakan Rd. was a quick run. The day started with Justin, Todd, Chad and myself meeting in Castle Rock. Justin lead the group with Chad in tail-gun. This was the morning after Halloween and I was feeling the night before in the form of a raging headache. No big deal though we pressed on down Perry Park Rd. and onto the trailhead. We aired down outside the gate and headed down Dakan Rd. towards Rampart Range. At waypoint 3: Rock obstacle I tried a new line coming from the west side up and over. With a spot from Justin I was able to walk right up it. We stopped for a quick chat near the balancing rock where Justin had to part ways with us. It was a beautiful day, but in the shade it was quite a bit cooler. Once we reached Rampart Range Rd. we headed on to more trails in the area. The day was uneventful but this was a good chance kick tires and shake hands with some new comrades.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Did a run with other contributors of the forum. There was a lot more traffic today than the day before. Very nice weather. We played around for a while on The Rock obstacle, and Chris had a lot of fun running the very difficult lines that are rated 4-5. Great trail. Todd mentioned he didn't expect all the bumps and wanted to disconnect his sway bars. My FJ Cruiser doesn't have those, so Jeep folks be forewarned.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It was a very chilly and clear day on the trail. I did not encounter any other cars after I aired down; what a surprise! There was wild game around the road. Once I climbed above 8500’ there was snow on the ground and frost. The temp was chilly and any water left or melted from recent rain or snow was frozen. It was a very relaxing ride. The top section of the trail closer to the Rampart Range trail head was snow covered with very light snow.

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Justin Daniels

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Justin is a lifelong learner with passions in many areas ranging from technology to music to the outdoors. Being a certified full cave diver, his search for adventure and exploration and knowledge fuels his drive to push his personal limits. Having lived in Colorado since 1997, it is surprising to some that he is new to off-roading. He drives a lightly built up 2012 FJ Cruiser and enjoys that his FJ can bring him to many of the places in the beautiful state of Colorado that he could not otherwise see.