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.

Length12.7 miElevation gain479 ftRoute typePoint to point
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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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Judie korth
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Helen Marsh
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Wonderful walk on Christmas Day!

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Kevin Kettering
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Road bikingGreat!No shade

Competed 80 miles of a 100-mile one day cycling trip using this trail. This is a well maintained, 40 mile Long Trail that starts at Confluence Park in Denver and goes all the way to Franktown, Colorado. As you travel this path, you will see things. I mean real things...... Downtown denver, lakes, mountains, farms, alpacas, horses, dogs, cyclists, runners, business people, construction, shooting range, mules, bridges, golf courses, big houses, small houses, condos, cars, restaurants, firemen training facilities, theaters, and malls. Ride the entirety of the trail. If you can handle 80 miles, ride back the way you came!

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Marisa O
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Hiking

Nice walking trail by the creek!

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Jacob B
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Road bikingGreat!
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Pang Her
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The trail was really nice. I biked from Glendale to Cherry Creek Reservoir and got a little lost by the High Line Canal but we figured out way back to the Cherry creek Trail. Once you are closer to Cherry Creek Reservoir it definitely gets a lot more challenging but still very scenic and some nice areas to stop and rest.

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Joshua Swainson
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Van Tran
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Road bikingGreat!
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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.

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

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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!

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Chris Brown
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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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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...

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

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John Goldbach
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nice trail but the homeless population is depressing

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Chris Scott
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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.

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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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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.

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Anna Kosova
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Running

Beautiful for fast road running workout

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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!

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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.

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