Explore the most popular hiking trails in Cherry Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

trail running
29 days ago

This is definitely not for a hike but for running. It's a dog park, so watch out for running dogs (I love dogs!) if you're scared of them. Smells not present as horses are nearby, but beautiful skyline and great sunset view to enjoy.

Needs trees near the main entrance. The water is always enjoyed by my doggo. Go with a dog, or watch someone's dog play with other dogs.

The dogs love to play in the creek.

walked the while park and was very satified. the wild life there was hard to find execpt for birds.

Love this trail. Some hills, some flatness, great views, lots of wildlife and cyclists (watch out for them-most are very polite). Not much shade. Great trail to train on.

Super beautiful!!!!

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful trail leading to wetlands trail

Great hike on a Thursday afternoon.
Not many people on the trail.

We love the off leash dog park!

I love the Cherry Creek Ecological Park. It’s a beautiful place to take my dog on a walk.

5 months ago

Great, easy, winding path through a variety of landscapes. Lots of different trails/loops with plenty of signs and maps along the way.

If you want to be harassed by asshole cyclist, this is your place! I am a considerate trail walker with my dog and make sure she stays out of their way and I still get mumbles under the breath and rude comments while walking this trail. Honestly, I love the trail, when cyclist AREN’T on it!

It is a decent park. Looks like it would be fun to paddle board there, and they have lots of stations for grilling. I have been to better maintained parks in Colorado. Lots of bike riders. If you need to get outside, it is a decent outing.

walking
6 months ago

I walk this trail (and include the wetlands loop) at least once a month, year round. Each season is beautiful in its own way and I love seeing the variety of animals and birds that come with each visit. I've snowshoed here in a foot of fresh powder! It's in the city, but feels far away. To add on to someone's previous post, I believe that no dogs are allowed to protect the wetlands and I have seen a coyote here (and heard many others).

trail running
9 months ago

It goes from residential area to Cherry Creek State Park. Nice clean hike, lots of bicyclers. Boring as a hike but nice trails for running.

Fun and easy trail to access

walking
9 months ago

This is an easy walk through the woods and wetlands in Cherry Creek State Park. We went in the winter so no green or colors on the trees but the naked trees have their own defined beauty. Unfortunately this trail is off limits to dogs, bikes, and horses, probably to protect the wetlands (?). In any case we still took our dog bc we had already parked and started walking and no one seemed to care. It was clear others ignored the signs as well due to the number of droppings we saw (pick up after your dog people!). In any case, it was a nice short walk and probably nicer in Spring-Fall but since dogs aren't allowed we probably won't be back.

Enjoyed the 60degree blue sky day December 9,2017. Saw a Bald Eagle and several deer. Nice easy stroll for 8 plus miles!!

trail running
11 months ago

Lots of concrete and mostly flat. Some good dirt tracks into the trees and through the grass. Nice views of the “lake” and surrounding creeks & swamps. Perfect for locals. Not really worth driving out of the way.

road biking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Easy road biking trail, nice views, not much traffic at certain times of the evening or certain times of the year out of peak season.

we love the dog park and trails...

walking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This is a weekly stop for our family. Lots of explore on our way to the off leash dog park area.

Very beautiful and surprising find in my first trip to Denver. We only had enough time to make it about halfway around, but it was still enjoyable.

Nice for a long concrete path

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

it is a better trail for biking but I enjoyed the views of frozen weeks and winter airs and the connection of trails that sprouts through the area.

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

This is the main trail in a creek filled area with small cute trails, like the half a mile loop. This trail comes out of the cherry creek trail, which is a biking, hiking, running trail that is paved and continues for several miles in both directions, one of the directions entering the reservoir loop trail taking you to lake views.

I enjoyed my cold day there, I hiked 6.5 miles from Piney Creek trail, and exploded up to this trail which as a sweet surprise.

camping
Friday, January 27, 2017

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walking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nice easy walk, but not really quick or short. Sunrise and sunset offer some great photos, but other than that, it's your standard res.

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