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Cherry Creek Trail is a 12.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Denver, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.7 mi Elevation gain 479 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

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Bird watching

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Paved

River

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Explore a whole new Denver as you discover hidden parks, ritzy malls, swanky country clubs and a beautiful creekside path. If you haven't seen Denver from the Cherry Creek Trail, you haven't seen Denver. Starting at Confluence Park, on the Platte River Trail, this path slices through the heart of Denver and rambles all the way to Cherry Creek Lake/Reservoir. Along the way, it passes numerous attractions including: - Cherry Creek Mall - Four Mile Historic Park - Denver Sister City Parks - Denver Country Club - Cherry Creek Country Club You will enjoy this trail all by itself or you can ride it as part of the 42 mile Northeast Denver Loop Trail or the Southeast Denver Loop Trail. This trail is one of many beautiful Denver Trails that highlight the charms of the city and introduces you to the distinctive suburbs. It is a cement trail for smooth riding and provides numerous exits to allow access to the city and the many parks that it bisects. Don't fret if you don't have a bike. You can rent one from many locations in Denver.

- This guide takes you as far as Cherry Creek Dam. You can go further on either side of the reservoir, but this guide is written for those who want to enjoy a 22+ mile out & back ride. - Although you will find few bathrooms within sight of the trail, if necessary, you can find facilities in the numerous parks strung along the path like pearls on a necklace. - For a great morning, stop by Tattered Cover Bookstore and enjoy a coffee and snack while perusing the bookshelves. - For a fun afternoon activity, rent a bike from Denver B-Cycle (website link included with this guide), fill up the built-in basket with a picnic lunch and enjoy great day on the trail. -Although this guide lists the trail as 11.2 miles, remember that if you do it out & back, you'll have traveled 22.4 miles, so plan accordingly.

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David Olguin
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Road biking

Great ride, beautiful overlook near the end. Massive hill just past that though.

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Sarah Kleinman
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Running

This trail has a lot of hidden gems! one of my favorites to do because free street parking, easy access, and and lots of pretty views. It is pretty busy and a lot of bikers who can be a little ruthless. Just be aware of your surroundings if you’re a runner because you might get hit with a bike if not. It is paved but a lot of the wonderful views are off to the side of the trail a little bit.

Chris Pavlides
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RunningNo shade

Great running trail! Be aware of road bikers and fellow runners, but everyone has great trail etiquette here in Denver :)

Cheyenne Lounsbrough
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Hiking

Concrete path, both pedestrian and bike friendly. Nice walk through Downtown along the water!

Lauren Butterfield
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Mountain biking

Great trail that runs from Confluence Park all the way down to south to Cherry Creek Reservoir. The trail can be really busy on the weekends so be on the lookout. Really pretty!

David B
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Concrete path popular for recreation. Short underpass closure at Monaco Street that can be bypassed at street level using a crosswalk.

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chris marquez
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Hiking

I did this in June and it was awesome for a biker.

Melia Polynice
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Road biking

Decent trail. Best times to ride are midday or early in the morning. There is some construction around Quebec. The dust is horrible.

Erin Tracey
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Hiking

This is a standard 2 mile easy loop for a walk or bike ride but for the more adventurous folks every little dirt path along the way will lead the out to a gorgeous little hidden pond or very cool rivers & a cute little rock "amphitheatre". This is one of my favorite new places to spend a couple of hours in complete tranquility & I'll definitely be back!

Chris Brown
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Hiking

I ran the upper part of this trail near downtown. Great morning run. There are parts of this trail for all activities such as biking, skating, running, walking. Other parts of the trail divide into separate paths. One is for pedestrians only, such as runners or walkers. The other path is for wheeled activities such as biking and skating. Just be aware of what path you are on as they are clearly marked. While running on the multi-use part I just remained near the outer edge of the path and did not have any problems with the bikers as they would ride around me.

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Jeremy Barsness
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Running

Decent trail for running. As with many urban trails, there is no shortage of pompous bike riders that feel us runners are an obstacle they have to deal with on THEIR trail...

Merry Li
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Hiking

Great for running and biking . Love the murals on the walls

John Goldbach
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nice trail but the homeless population is depressing

Chris Scott
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Hiking

Be careful walking. I’ve seen lots of spent needles on this trail. It’s a disguised area of the city that people can hide easily and shoot up.

Nate Dietrich
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HikingNo shade

Paved trail excellent for bikes pets and hikes

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john federowicz
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Hiking

This trail is not suited for hiking. We were on it today for about 30 minutes and then got off. It is a training course for serious bike riders. To be fair most were very courteous as they flew past us in their spandex and bikes that probably cost more than my car. “On your left” then, past us in a blur. Only one A....... who shouted something at me as he went past. I read some reviews that say this trail is suitable for kids. I vigorously disagree.

Anna Kosova
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Running

Beautiful for fast road running workout

Meghan Levine
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Road biking

Road this trail as a novice. Beautiful trail with a variety of terrain to see, and a nice view of Denver waiting for you at the reservoir. Homeless people do tend to set up camp closer to the downtown Denver area. But, once you make your way further the trail is quiet. I went during the week so I can imagine it would get crowded on the weekend. Happy travels!

Lisa Lentz
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Easy trail- we didn’t it with little electric scooters from the convention center to the REI. Round trip takes less than 30 minutes on scooter, perhaps that distance would take 1-2 hours on foot.

Kate Angus
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Running

It’s a great trail, but very busy on the weekends and not a lot of shade in the beginning of the day

Jenny Macke
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Road biking

What an awesome trail. Great ride and beautiful change of scenery. Entered by Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek rode to the lake, around and back. Approximately 24 miles. Nice, wide path and not much traffic around the lake on a Friday late morning.

Brian Cain
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Road biking

I take it to work from Washington Park. Really great way to bike into the city.

John Kontrelos
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Awesome

Oscar Bedoya
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Great Trail.

Andres Hernandez
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Mountain biking

My wife and I have biked this trail a few times and we love it. It really gives you a good and different perspective of Denver. The trail is fairly flat and there is a lot of tree coverage so it doesn't get too hot in the summer. There's also plenty of places to stop and get a bite to eat, drink or just take a rest. The only bad thing about this trail is that once you get close to downtown you start seeing a lot of homeless people near the trail and some are using drugs.

Annie Bresnahan
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Great area to run. 8 miles around the park Starting at the East entrance. There are a lot of trails in the park and connecting to the park for the long runs. If you're going for a long run or a short run you can find it here. It is also very scenic and has wild life.

Sandy Long
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Hiking

Great day, easy transition from farmland to mountains. Helped acclimate to higher elevation. Had two knee surgeries, trail was easy on knees. Loved the view.

Jasmin Van Malderen
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Pretty area right downtown for some nature time . One side is for pedestrians and other is for biking and roller blading . All paved . Pretty, clean creek and dog friendly ! Walk alongside the city skyline!

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