Dakan Road

Perry Park, Colorado (Douglas County)

Last Updated: 05/20/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 23 reviews )
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Status:
Seasonal Closure
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: South Platte Ranger District

Highlights

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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Summary:
The trail is a good trail for all vehicles and makes a fantastic gateway to the Rampart Range.

Technical Rating

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Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" 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 ( mi)
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 ( mi)
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 ( mi)
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 ( mi)
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 ( mi)
This is a camp site with a view on top of the rocks
6. West End Trail Head ( mi)
This is the End of the Trail where it intersects with Rampart Range Road.

Directions to Trailhead

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

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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

Trail Reviews (61)

Questions & Answers (6)

Q: I want to take my RZR on this trail, where can I park and unload to ride?
–John Norton (05/30/2021)
A: Hi John, There is a parking area at this location 39.29960, -105.03335. It's got a bathroom and space for trailers and unloading.
–Justin Daniels (07/13/2021)
A: John, I'm not sure of parking on Daken near the bottom of the trail since it's private property all around, the national forest doesn't start until waypoint 2. If memory serves, there is a small parking lot just behind that gate, but I'm unsure about parking there for extended times. If you're going to take an ATV into this area, I would recommend coming in at the north end of Rampart Range.
–JD Marshall (07/13/2021)
Q: Has anyone been up this directly in early May yet? I see it says till June 15th further up the page
–Wesley Alan Duff (05/06/2021)
A: Hi Westley, it is currently seasonal closure due to mud.
–Todd (05/07/2021)
Q: When does this trail usually open? I have been all over this area the past few days and all gates are still closed and rampart is closed as well due to mud.
–Wesley Alan Duff (04/10/2020)
A: May is the typical Seasonal Opening.
–Justin Daniels (04/10/2020)
Q: I apologize that I didn't adequately convey the point of my last query. In the INFO tab above on this page it is stated that this trail is in the Pikes Peak Ranger District. I couldn't find it on any Pikes Peak RD maps, but only the South Platte RD maps. Do you have a link for a Pikes Peak Ranger District map with 563 or is your INFO tab above in error?
–Neal A. Tew (01/17/2020)
A: You are correct. Looking at the boundary map, it does appear to be in South Platte. https://databasin.org/maps/new#datasets=92fd496ce8af46fc94cca2e8c1fb7c93 - Many trails in this area are right on the boundary area it seems. Thanks for the feedback, I'll update the trail information.
–Justin Daniels (01/17/2020)
Q: Thanks for your help on the previous question. I'm not very experienced with the MVUM, but I did notice I can find 563 on a South Platte Ranger District map, but not Pikes Peak Ranger District as indicated above. Am I overlooking something?
–Neal A. Tew (01/17/2020)
A: It's listed in the south platte as a callout for Rampart Range on this map South Platte Ranger District 2018 MVUM: Still valid for 2019 (See MVTM for printed map availability) https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd575441.pdf SPLTRD 2018 MVUM Back (1.6 MB GeoPDF)
–Justin Daniels (01/17/2020)
Q: Is the information about Dec - May closure current? I followed the link, but didn't notice any relevant info. Thanks!
–Neal A. Tew (01/16/2020)
A: Yes. It's a standard seasonal closure. If there was something new, for example last spring it was closed longer due to mud, they will post it up there as an alert or notice. Hope this helps. There are other useful links at the MVUM page. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5177824
–Justin Daniels (01/17/2020)

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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.
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