Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hogbacks Open Space Recreation Area


What a unique place! The term hogbacks refers to the land formations just east of Skyline Drive. They consist of a series of geologically unique, large mounds of earth -- and thus the name. For years this area was not protected or developed. ATV and dirt bike paths went everywhere, causing vegetation loss, erosion and noise pollution for nearby residents. In 2007 residents and city leaders began envisioning something better. Today, the Hogbacks area has been developed into a wonderful recreational area for residents and visitors with miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The area stretches north to south on the west side of the city, providing direct access to recreational opportunities to many neighborhoods.

The trails are of varying difficulty. The main trail (Greenhorn Trail) through the area is wide and fairly level. The newest trail (Dakota Ridge - photo right) is narrow and steep, running from the top of Skyline Drive to the main trail far below. No trees or shade to be had here, so if visiting I recommend early morning or late evening during the summer months.

Click here for a trail map of the Hogbacks area. There are two parking areas: One on Floral Street (this is where Skyline Drive ends) and the other on Washington St.

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