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Happy 100th Anniversary Denver Water! Hello CT Segment 1! I'll be back for more when the cooler weather starts setting in! My husband and I took our kids, 7 and 10, 3 miles through the canyon. We saw a REALLY big snake (either a Bull snake or a Rattle snake that just shed it's skin) cross the road in front of us. I would say it was about 3 feet long. We also saw some kind of small lizard and tons of birds. Bring your binoculars! Keep those kids on the trail and eyes peeled for snakes, especially just off the roadsides. This 'walk'/hike was a warm one for sure, but very mellow at the beginning. Would love to make it to the dam sometime.

Easy trail with beautiful view along the way.

Decided to check this place out since it’s so close. We walked, I wouldn’t consider it hiking because it’s a gravel service road up to the dam. After about mile 3, the crowds thin out. Will definitely be back to bike. Views were pretty, saw herds of big horned sheep on the road and on the rocks above. Lots of people fly fishing.

fun as always.
as of today, there is no flowing water after the damn, it's dry

mountain biking
18 days ago

Good area for a nice ride. This isn’t for adrenaline junkies as you are riding on a road. That said, it’s not a bad spot for a quick ride and a little exercise.

very boring crowded trail. wouldn’t travel for this one

Nice walking trail lots of people exercising, birds, cows even saw a squirrel, vineyards and running creek along side. all around great trail

I would only recommend doing half the lake. After that you have to walk through Stanford Camp and are on a one lane road the 2nd half of the hike. The road is one lane and not safe to walk on with children. The cars are not looking out for walkers. Beautiful lake just don’t go past the lodge. I would get lunch and go back same direction not on the road.

walking
29 days ago

a lovely walk if you need something easy going or want to do a talk-and-walk or jog. benches nearby, good for picnics!

mountain biking
1 month ago

The sun really beats down on you and there isn’t a view that you are making a goal towards to see. But it is nice to be next to a river and also to sometimes see Big Horn Sheep.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Really fun trail, there is some traffic though.

I went on Saturday 7th July (i.e. when the park is v busy) and it was pretty quiet. The trail does get very hot during the day but it’s a nice trail that takes you past lots of the scenic spots as well as away from the crowds. You’re standing at the bottom of El Cap without a person in sight!

trail running
1 month ago

More of a dirt road than a trail. Well packed but plenty of room for bikers and walkers/runners. Would recommend getting here early as it does start to become very popular around 8-9am. I got here about 7:15 and it was perfect!

Parking lot is back open

Gorgeous for a short walk to hang out at the water’s edge but not a good loop trip hike and not moderate (you have to climb huge boulders at one point and traverse a waterfall in another). If you want great views of the lake, do the difficult and shorter Tallahassee trail. The trail is not well marked as others mention so download the map ahead of time. About 1/3 is on paved roads, you have to walk on private property and walk through a camp (although they didn’t seem to mind).

Pros: gorgeous views & a nice public beach for lunch 1/2 way through

Cons: trail not well marked, some difficult and steep areas & not a trail for over 1-2 the way

walking
1 month ago

All cement trails. No issues with stroller on trail.

Super fun hike. Hit the waterfall first and then a few of the buildings from the old resort. We found more spots to check out the river and swim as we went up. Good times.

This was a wonderful trail for the whole family! We brought both kids, 9 and 3, with their bikes and we ran! The trail was nicely paved and easy for them to join!

hiking
1 month ago

A few nice views. I crossed Blithedale Ridge rd and kept following Hoo Koo on the other side until it turned into Corte Madera Trail. I got a little lost. I now see this map has you come down Blithedale and back on the Southern Marin Line Fire rd. Had fun getting lost. Many great roads and trails back here to do in the future.

it's never open anymore. we've gone there 3 times and they have locked the gates.

A large portion of this is paved road. It was good exercise walking around the lake but that's about it.

hiked with my dog june 21 18. weather was perfect, lake was beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

This was more of a walk than a hike. It’s a dirt road used by Denver Water. It was nice because the road is wide, but just not what we expected. The water, rock formations, mountains & wildlife are great. There’s very little shade though - almost none on the path itself. We clocked 13.91 miles from the parking lot to the big dam and back.

road biking
1 month ago

Probably my favorite place on earth for biking. Try to catch it early or on a weekday as it is very crowded on weekends.

mountain biking
1 month ago

First time on the trail and really enjoyed the ride. Plenty of room for everyone, and covered areas along the way if needed. The surface is well maintained with only a few areas of loose gravel and I never saw a rut! The parking lot was packed (Saturday) by 11:30 but there was a stream of people leaving so you shouldn’t have to wait long.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Bucket list material!

The ride to the dam is very smooth and relaxing. The road is wide enough for two car, so it's easy to move around all the people traffic.

I recommend going the opposite way and going through the wetlands towards the State Park for a more adventurous time.

hiking
2 months ago

More of a walk than a hike but I still loved it. Went a few weeks ago and it was drizzling so there were very few people on the trail. Went a couple miles and then turned around. So beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views but this not a “trail” per se. West side of lake is hardly marked and in some spots pretty treacherous. Had to shimmy down a trail near a small water fall and trail was hardly marked. Most of the trail follows or is on paved roads through neighborhoods so if you’re looking to get away, this isn’t the spot. West side of the lake is not moderate...the difficulty of the trail in that spot coupled with the altitude makes it tough. An out and back to either side for a couple of miles is moderate, after that, good luck.

trail running
3 months ago

Perfect for trail running this time of year! No mud and lots of beautiful views! It’d be a little hot in June/July since there isn’t any coverage on the trail. The road/trail is very wide so it accommodates all the bikers, runners, and hikers (including strollers) just fine!

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