Cherry Creek Reservoir Loop Trail

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Cherry Creek State Park

Cherry Creek Reservoir Loop Trail is a 12.9 kilometer 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.

Length12.9 kmElevation gain67 mRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyFishingMountain bikingNature tripsPaddle sportsWalkingBird watchingrunningBeachLakePartially pavedViewsNo shadeFee
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An easy, family-friendly trail that encircles Cherry Creek Reservoir. The area is popular not only for walking but for camping, swimming, and kayaking as well. It is suggested to park in the Tower Loop parking lot and take the route counter-clockwise, beginning with the Dam Trail. Accessibility: The trail surface is partially paved and partially dirt. The paved sections are typically at least six feet wide. The dirt trails may be narrower. The trail grade is gentle with an estimated average grade of 1% and a max grade of 3%. Most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will find this trail navigable.

There are drinking fountains by the trailhead and along the trail, and restrooms along the trail.

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Farah Afzal
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It's a beautiful easy trail, just perfect for a warm winters day!

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Erica Kristin
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Helen Marsh
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A pleasant walk.

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Colorado Jones
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HikingFeeSnow

Pretty much the same experience today that I reported below on 11/21 EXCEPT that now the reservoir is frozen over and 80-90% of the trail is covered by snow. There are some slick, icy spots here and there that are dangerous but, other than trekking poles, we were able to complete the whole route without any additional traction devices.

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Bill Weeks
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

I live on Cherry Creek Res Loop Trail (Orchard Valley)...For over 20 years, I've always enjoyed seeing everyone out hiking, biking, dog walking, visiting the off-leash dog park, jogging, flying RC planes, Boating/Jet Skiing, BBQing, shooting at the range...it's a GREAT ALL around Trail/Res/Camping PARK that is a HUGE part of South Denver's recreation. I LOVE IT, and it's been fabulous for me, my family, neighbors, and friends, on soooo many levels of FUN and Play, and it continues to get better every year!!! And if you haven't been to Cherry Creek St. Park in awhile, you owe to yourself to visit and play with us soon!

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David Hettinger
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Brian Andrews
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I finally discovered why I was put on this earth - it's to make sure no one else makes the mistake of "hiking" this trail. You start on concrete with a view of the water, then you can either stay on concrete and follow the bike path route (which gives you the wonderous opportunity to walk between I-225 and the dam) or you can veer off and take the dirt (road) that follows along the north side of the water (we chose this option). You then get to a parking lot by the marina, more concrete trails, about 1/2 a mile of dirt trail, then back on concrete. And if you brought a dog? Well, you get to follow the road for awhile, because the wetlands trail is closed to dogs (even on leash). You should also check the website, because portions of the wetlands trail was closed for an unnamed animal to breed - your reward is more pavement. But if you LIKE walking on concrete and pavement (with a little bit of dirt) then perhaps I'm wrong. This "hike" IS for you.

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Anthony Pantelides
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Sal Navarro
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Colorado Jones
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We modified this loop by going across the dam adjacent to the water rather than going outside the perimeter of the park. This reduced the route to ~7.0 miles, 150' elevation gain. At this point, there is still no snow in the park, so the entire trail is dry and easy to complete at a fast pace. (We finished the entire loop in 2 hours 45 minutes, which included a lunch break.) Today was chilly, mid-40s, so less traffic than normal but, being a Saturday afternoon, probably a bit more traffic than comfortable for those trying to be diligent about social distancing.

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Chris Merola
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Darby Campbell
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Adriane Payn
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Lisa Alonge
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Nathan Renfree
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Robert Greer
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HikingGreat!

This was a very nice fall hike around the reservoir, it started out a little cold and windy but once we got down the the trees it was much better and we decided to hike on the water side of the dam which blocked the wind also, loved walking through the pipeline trail with such tall cotton wood trees, definitely going to hike this again and take some of the other parts of the trails

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Bundas Family
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Lacey Hanner
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Great paved trail! Has a brief space where it goes past a homeless camp and the highway.

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John Maine
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Mountain biking

Beware that some portions of this trail as marked in this app are not open to dogs or bikes. The dirt portion in the wetlands area is hike only. Bikes must loop around on the road and reconnect with the trail.

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Kaizad Parekh
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its very long but very fun

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Deb Hoople
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Was nice

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Thomas Persson
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Nice and easy trail. Mostly paved. With some shade.

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Mark F
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Yoselin Corrales
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Overall, it’s a great trail but I also ended up forging my own trail a bit. Having a shooting range at the park ruins the wildlife experience, in my opinion, but would definitely walk it again.

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Avrami Walles
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Wether you want to walk, bike, run, chill, go boating , throw a party- this is the place. I live right next door and there is never too much I can do here. Enjoy your adventures!!

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Paige Partelow
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Paddle sports

Tried to go today 8/8/20 and entrance blocked off by police officers. Assuming you either need a reservation or it becomes full VERY early.. If you want to go here and hangout by the water I would recommend getting an early start or try and get a reservation! Hope this helps and saves somebody the trip!

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storm doddy
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If you want a verified completed for this trail you need to go over the dam. My favorite place in Denver for distance runs. If you go completely around the perimeter of the park it's almost 15 M.

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Rachel Lanier
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Very nice walk, walked 4.5 miles total to the first marina towards the left and back towards swim park. Will definitely be coming back to get kayak rentals / beautiful beach!

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