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Beautiful trail, more like moderate with some hard sections. Pretty easy overall. Exposed with little shade. Encountered a rattle snake on the trail!

Note: the direction button for this trail leads you to the Green Mountain Trailhead, which is on the other side of Dakota Ridge! If you go there you'll probably have an easier time finding parking than at the Matthews/Winter park. You start on the Zorro Trail across the road, which leads you up to Dakota Ridge. I accidentally went down Green Mountain trail because I missed the signs and was looking for the red rocks trail. I drove to Matthews instead and took red rocks to Dakota. I kind of likes that way better. *

*bikes arent allowed the first portion of the village walk trailhead I think but are on Zorro.

First visit to the park. I live here now, so I wanted to explore. One of the worst-marked parks I've ever visited. Even the signs for you to exit the entire park are poorly marked. There is no "Cherry Creek Reservoir Loop Trail". It's a series of bits of other trails, if that. I defy anyone to point out ANY signs noting this named trail or how to follow it clearly. I was on it for more than 3 hours without any markings. The maps I passed were also poorly labeled - how about something that says "you are here" - that would be a great start. Yes, there's a reservoir and you think you'll just follow the shoreline - good luck - I tried that. I ended up all over the place, cause part of the shoreline is wetlands and you can't wade into that area. And then the multiple available trail options all take you away from and out of view of the shoreline, so you hope your sense of direction is keen enough to find your way around.
There are parts of trails with forks in the road - nothing tells you which way to go for what you're seeking. I kept asking folks along the way, some could help, some couldn't. In some areas there simply is no trail, paved or gravel, so you travel the shoreline with its sandy beach area. But basically you're on your own. Pretty walk that should have taken me less time to traverse - that last hour I basically spent angry and wanting to be certain I wasn't walking in the wrong direction. Maybe I'm just spoiled by all the amazing national parks I've hiked, but really very unimpressed by this state park's level of clarity and assistance to the visitor.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Flat areas along with ascending trails throughout. Lots of mountain bikers. I really enjoyed it. Beautiful colors in the fall.

hiked it with my 8 and 10 yr old and they had no problem and a get time with the family

Solid hike. Not much shade but great to hike near RRX.
Didn’t like having to cross street

Loved it! Cool mix of terrains. We got a little turned around but made it and it was really satisfying! Very open so wear sun shirt.

One of my favorite trails. Fast and easy to follow.

And afterwards I go to Cafe 13 in Golden for cinna-minis.

Good hike. Easy to follow the trail. Decent incline. Fogged in this morning - would like to do it again on a clear day.

hiking
17 days ago

Great morning hike! Lovely views in some spots and mostly very shaded. Does get a bit rocky and steep at some points but mostly pretty accessible.

Beautiful location! A hidden gem, for sure. My kids loved running around. A very cool feature is the different habitats all in one park.

Really pretty hike. Took about 2 hours with no little stopping. Would do again!

The dog restriction is unfortunate but was bound to happen. We would frequently hike out dog poop that others had left behind on this trail. To add insult to injury, the town didn’t have any disposal bins at the trailhead, so often times we would have to drive into town to dispose of the waste properly...that certainly didn’t help matters, I’m sure. I wish there was a way to punish the irresponsible dog owners and not all of all of us (some poop cams following by some social media shaming?) because this is bound to happen on all of our trails. If the city willing to spend money to have police officers patrol the trail, then please ticket the people not following the rules instead of punishing all of us. It’s frustrating to the good dog owners out here who are cleaning up after the bad ones.

Awesome hike! First hike I’ve taken with my dog and this was a great choice. It was pretty mellow outside of a few rocky spots with the dog. There were a few spots where it was tough to find the trail, thus the 4 star.

Great hike with the doggo this evening! The trail to the cave was nearly empty, with the exception of a few runners on the front end pursuing the Mesa Trail. The cave at the top was closed for bats, but beautiful views of the Boulder Valley and Flatirons throughout!

We really enjoyed this hike! It’s not a bad hike for beginners and offers really nice views of downtown, Red Rocks, and the mountains!

This trail was OPEN yesterday-rough ascent and descent due to steep incline and trail conditions but worth it for views at top. Palmer lake police were patrolling it to enforce no dogs rule.

This trail might have some of the best views in Colorado. There's a lot of boulders in and along the trail. This will slow anyone who wishes to run it. I went with a family member who's not much of a hiker and it took three hours to finish. I'll be going back to get a new personal record.

Quick hike

Great bike ride: park at Standley Lake Library. you can climb the berm behind the library to the canal trail then go north to catch Standley Lake Trail (really a service road). Follow the road to the North shore and through the campground to continue West for a bit before turning north across the road (100th St?) and into the dog park for 4 more miles.

1 month ago

Good hike...go early as it gets busy with hikers. make sure you wear your hiking boots. it's a bit rocky in places.

One of my favorite hikes since it is so close to Denver but a different geography. I live very close and prefer to take guests here.
I’ve seen owls and raptors around the rocks and like the view at the end.

9/15/18: CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Great morning run/walk if you live in the area. Not too crowded. It was clean and has dog bags and trash cans available throughout.

Z tuisg

Trail closed due to erosion. No repairs are in progress. The gate blocking the road is closed and they placed tons of barbed wire as a deterrent as well.

Nice easy hike when you are short on time. We didn’t do the whole thing because of that reason, but it’s an easy hike up. Nice views of the city and mountains in the distance. Great workout

It was a good trail for hiking. Lots of rocks, didn't wear the proper shoes for this trail. Very nice work out and got the blood pumping. Would do this hike again.

Really nice hike, though my Garmin clocked it at closer to 4.5 miles. Nice steep (ish) incline for the first couple miles, but the views are awesome. We went last Thursday in the afternoon and there were maybe 4 or 5 other people on the trail. Super close to town. Really convenient.

Fantastic for a short hike, quick elevation with a family!

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