Cherry Creek Reservoir Loop Trail

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Cherry Creek State Park

Cherry Creek Reservoir Loop Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Aurora, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.8 miles Elevation Gain: 314 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bike touring

bird watching

running

beach

lake

partially paved

views

bugs

no shade

historic site

fee

Park in the Tower Loop parking lot and take the route counter-clockwise, beginning with the Dam Trail.

hiking
10 days ago

I love it one of my favorite park

hiking
11 days ago

The half of this trail that is by the actual reservoir is pretty sweet. Awesome spot to come chill with friends and family. The other half of this trail is actually out of the park and on sidewalk next to a busy highway. And there is also another portion through the wetlands area that is very beautiful...but ruined by the sound of gunfire from a nearby shooting range.

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

road biking
23 days ago

Trail maintenance between the East Boat Ramp and Shop Creek Trailhead is now complete and that section of the trail is no longer closed. Indeed, it's a nice smooth section of concrete pavement which has replaced the broken up asphalt that was there before. Nice improvement!!!

Terrible bugs by the damn!!! Very clean and an easy walk

road biking
1 month ago

Great bike ride with the kids. It's fairly empty mid-week, but gets crowded on the weekends. Yes, there's a small part of the trail that's closed, but you just divert to the road for a bit. The bike look requires a little road (within the park) biking, even though 3/4 of it is on paved trails. I wouldn't call it 'closed' but would note a small detour is required.

running
closed
fee
no shade
1 month ago

Entrance fee to access parking. Great for biking except for the segment through the wetlands which is off limits. Lots of concrete. Short closure for about a half mile and the alternative route adds about a quarter mile. The closure is for maintenance, not COVID.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Came to find the walking trail near the water was closed for maintenance after having already paid the daily fee and parking. Walked about 3 miles on the side of the paved road with all the cars and bikers instead, but ultimately quit early as it was not ideal with the dog. Looking forward to returning once the trail is open as it looks beautiful!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Some of the trail is currently under construction. Best to stay on the road.

hiking
bugs
closed
fee
no shade
2 months ago

3 months ago

Been here a few times. In winter it is a bit desolate, but quite lovely. Summer is nice too, but lots of bugs. Easy hike overall with lots of open space.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Enjoyed a sunny 40 degree day outdoors wile completing the 7.2 mile version of this route today. We traversed the INSIDE dam trail that runs adjacent to the water not the OUTSIDE dam trail--which runs parallel to I-225--shown on this map. We saw a coyote foraging for food out on the iced up reservoir. Very cool. Most of the trail going across the dam was still snowy and icy. I had winter hiking boots and trekking poles and encountered no problems, but my wife struggled with that portion of the route, even with trekking poles, as she was only wearing tennis shoes. Once we reached the boathouse, we opted to hike the remainder of the loop on the shoulder of the road rather than continue on trail, most of which was still snowy and icy. That being said, we did see lots of other folks walking on the trails who didn't seem to have any problems. If you go before things melt off, just be sure you have appropriate footwear. Otherwise, stick to the main road.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Hiked this route again today for the fourth time. Enjoyed a nice quiet snowy hike. This is one of my favorite winter hikes, especially when weather makes it difficult for me to get up to the mountains. Depending on my pace and number of stops, I can normally complete this route between 3-4 hours. This loop is nice because it includes a variety of scenery, including great views of the reservoir (especially from the Dam Trail), wetlands, sandy beaches, and prairie grasslands. It's rare that I come to Cherry Creek without seeing deer or coyotes, and today was no exception. I saw a pack of 6-7 coyotes coming from the campground. Overall, Cherry Creek is a great respite from urban Aurora.

hiking
fee
no shade
6 months ago

I recommend going counter clockwise. The part by the road is uninteresting, so you get that out of the way, then you get to see the mountain views at the end. Most of it's paved, with very little elevation change. $10 entry fee.

mountain biking
7 months ago

October ride, 3 mountain bikes all ended with flat tires from goat heads.

walking
closed
off trail
7 months ago

If you have a dog don’t plan to do the loop the way it has it. Great trail! But you can’t go into the wetlands because it’s being preserved

road biking
7 months ago

it was a nice ride

road biking
no shade
8 months ago

Great flat trail for biking around Cherry Creek Reservoir. No shade so best done in the spring or fall when temperatures are more mild.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Come early to beat the sun

Good distance trail near city but not much shade and half of trail is pavement.

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