Ralston Creek Trail is a 13.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Arvada, 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.

Length13.4 miElevation gain285 ftRoute typePoint to point
Wheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyHikingNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestLakePavedRails trailsRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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A beautiful place to ride or walk on mostly gentle concrete trails. Accessibility: The trail surface is concrete and the typical width is at least six feet. The steepest section is at about 2.7 miles when going east, where the estimated grade is between 8% and 12%, but the rest of the grade on the route is mostly gentle (5% or less).

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Ivori Zvorsky
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Running

Heads up- trailhead is currently closed!

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Regina Stewart
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Hiking
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Bianca Charbonneau
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Hiking

Biked!!

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Sharon Hansen
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Hiking
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John Korthuis
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Hiking

Nice clean trail paved all the way

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John Korthuis
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Hiking

Nice and paved. Clean

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Drew Blake
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Drew Blake
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Drew Blake
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Robert Richardt
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Hiking

Beautiful ride on mostly flat concrete trails. Quaker to 64th to Easley Road provides the connection from Ralston to Clear Creek trails. Much of Easley Road does not have a shoulder, but it is lightly trafficked. The Ralston Creek trail has many turns but there is directional signage.

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Sharyn Campbell
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Hiking

I followed a path described in Chris Englert’s The Best Urban Denver Hikes. She had great milestones noted, so I only encountered confusion a couple of times. I’m relatively new to CO, so I was particularly impressed by the large cottonwoods along this trail. You cross golf cart paths multiple times and share at least one bridge with them, but everyone was courteous. I went on a Tuesday afternoon in late September. Saw more bikes than walkers. It wasn’t very crowded, which was nice. Not including the golfers I encountered, I saw maybe 15-20 others in ~2 hours. The bathroom was open, functioning, and even had soap and running water! Alas, no drinking fountain; it looked like it had been removed.

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Ken Stelman
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Reuma Oliveira
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Road biking
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chris marquez
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Nature tripsGreat!

Great trail, bikers and cool stuff for kids at every mile, a huge belt of parks which is amazing, especially ralston valley and shadow creek

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Reuma Oliveira
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Road biking
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Reuma Oliveira
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Mountain biking

The app didn't record 1015 cal 1:33 h 21.3 miles 673 elevation

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Kelley Dolan
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Walking

Easy, pleasant trail with small creek running near part of it. Can get a bit crowded & hot depending on the time of day.

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Matthew Baca
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Mountain biking

A well maintained paved trail for mixed use. Plenty of shade, but poorly marked at times. I would suggest the novice biker run it from Sheridan to Golden to have the legs left for the downhill ride on the way back. This would conserve your energy for the climb.

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Kevin Kettering
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Road biking

I biked the entirety of the trail (out and back) which was about 26 miles round trip. Fairly level with a few steep inclines as you approach Tucker Lake and Blunn Reservoir. The trail takes you through several, well maintained city parks and through a nice golf course. There is also a very cool pedestrian bridge at the end of the trail located at Gold Strike Park. The trail can be difficult to follow at times as it forces you to jump on the street for several blocks before you reconnect to the trail. Keep an eye for signs directing back to the trail. Overall, this was a nice ride. It wasn't too busy which made social distancing very manageable.

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Alex McDonald
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Road biking

Me dad and Brandon rode to the suspension bridge, dad couldn’t make it all the way because he had to go get his picture taken, and Brandon screamed at me.

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Alex McDonald
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Mountain biking

Brandon and Sarah up to the west. First on the new bike

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Alex McDonald
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Road bikingNo shade

After waiting all week I finally dragged the family out at lunch on Saturday to go get ice cream. It turned out to be a really hot day, and we were feeling it on the way back. Lizzy hard a hard time finishing, but all in all it was a good time

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Alex McDonald
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Walking

Today I went for a bike ride expecting to hang out on a bench and read, but I was surprised by Greg and his family as they were riding to scrumptious and they invited me along. I got some chocolate raspberry ice cream.

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Alex McDonald
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Walking

I walked to a nice bench down by the creek today and then listened to magpie murders.

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Alex McDonald
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Road biking

I rode my bike to the splash pad, then rode iron gold, then rode home. It was a pretty good one

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Jason Ellinger
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Mountain biking

All concrete

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Alex McDonald
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Walking

Went for a bike ride with Brandon, and we only went to the splash pad. He is trying to learn to wheelie. The beginning looks so wired because he forgot how to use gears and got up and down.

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Alex McDonald
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Walking

Went on a walk with mom and had to detour back to get her.

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Alex McDonald
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Road bikingBlowdown

Great ride, I went my farthest east yet. The only time Robles was that on the way back it was uphill and into the wind. That made riding nearly impossible. My legs are pretty sore after that one.

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Alex McDonald
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WalkingBugsNo shade

Went on a walk with Lizzy and Gracie. It was actually a little hot today. I still had a good walk though.

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