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Russell Ridge Route

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Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.38610°N / 105.1245°W

Object Title: Russell Ridge Route

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

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Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Jun 8, 2010 / Jun 8, 2010

Object ID: 627973

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Overview

 
Exploring outcrops on Bennett Mountain
Exploring outcrops on Bennett Mountain


The Russell Ridge Route leverages a gated dirt road most of its distance. A short, moderately steep section of user footpath carries the hiker to the summit. The best views are enjoyed by leaving the summit and continuing south along the rocky ridge to open overlooks.

Roundtrip Distance: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
YDS: Class 1+

Getting There

 
Head north past this gate
Head north past this gate
 
Devils Head from southern overlook
Devils Head from southern overlook


From Sedalia at Hwy 85 (Sante Fe) / Hwy 67

• Head west on Hwy 67 from Sedalia
• At roughly 8 miles out of Sedlia, pass Rampart Range Road (on your south / left)
• Continue for two miles past Rampart Range Road toward small community of Moonridge
• Just north of a Douglas County Fire Station see a simple dirt road (no markings at time of my visit, just a few address signs) toward a forest service / Douglas County archery range.
• Follow road .4 miles to the end. See parking with gates on either side (blocking access to the cross road)

Route Description

Russell Ridge Route Map
 


 
Nice boulder on Bennett Mountain
Nice boulder on Bennett Mountain
 
West from southern outcrop
West from southern outcrop
 
Ascending the west slope
Ascending the west slope
 
Bennett Mountain from the saddle
Bennett Mountain from the saddle


• From the fenced parking area near the archery range, head northbound on gated road (appears are Russell Ridge trail on Trails Illustrated map)
• The road climbs mostly moderately, trending north-northwest. After close to one mile of travel, you will reach a short west-trending switchback
• After the switchback you will gain a broad, level, wooded ridge
• Continue on this ridge for about ¼ of a mile to a higher point along with ridge where the old road turns to trend to the northeast
• As you follow the old road to the northeast, Bennett Peak will come into view across a saddle to your east-northeast
• Descend a bit into the saddle before picking up a foot path that ascends the western slope of Bennett Mountain
• This footpath brings you right up to the summit boulder
• Don’t forget to continue southbound along the ridge to enjoy the wide-open views from the bare boulders

Essential Gear

 
Typically conditions along the old road
Typical conditions along the old road
 
Approaching Bennett Mountain from the Southwest
Approaching Bennett Mountain from the Southwest


• Trail Map: Trails Illustrated Map #135 Deckers, Rampart Range should meet basic navigation needs
• Colorado Gazetteer or similar roadmap illustrating tertiary county roads and Forest Service routes
• Compass or GPS
• Water and snacks
• First aid kit

Images

West slope of Bennett MountainRussell Ridge Route MapTypically conditions along the old roadAscending the west slopeBennett Mountain from the saddleHead north past this gateNice boulder on Bennett Mountain
West from southern outcropDevils Head from southern overlookExploring outcrops on Bennett MountainFollowing the "Russell Ridge Trail"Approaching Bennett Mountain from the Southwest