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South Rim and Willow Creek Loop Trail

EASY 133 reviews
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South Rim and Willow Creek Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Littleton, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 465 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

A gentle hike with spectacular red rock views Roxborough State Park is a true natural gem, conveniently located in Southwest Denver. The park is one of the best places near Denver to encounter wildlife. The highlight of this hike will be the dramatic views of the red rock formations angling skyward. This trail offers some of the best views in the park, and is less crowded than the fountain valley trail. This is a state park so you will need to purchase a day pass for $6, or an annual pass for around $60. In order to protect the wildlife and the natural state of the park there are some restrictions here.Restrictions - Pets are not permitted in the park. - Visitors must remain on park trails. - Trails are closed to horses and bicycles. - Rock climbing is prohibited. - The park is open to day use only

hiking
14 hours ago

I did this trail last fall. It was a nice afternoon hike.

mountain biking
muddy
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Fun hike. I think it is a notch above easy though.

7 days ago

Calling this trail easy is super misleading for a beginner hiker. It's maybe easy if you hike often but if you're a total beginner or looking for something leisurely I would not recommend it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail, the creek was pretty dry, but it was pretty and lush on the trail. Lots of benches in the shade for people to take breaks!

Great moderate trail with a nice view of the park. Beautiful wildflowers this time of year

hiking
1 month ago

Flowers are good right now, mud has mostly dried up. I would avoid going on rainy days, but the sun should keep the trail relatively dry. Everything should get more lush as the weather warms up.

Finished the loop, it’s all pretty lush right now. Would recommend, but limited shade.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this short hike...beautiful views and quick incline so that you overlook the whole park. Very easy, well maintained trail.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Great trail but extremely muddy on 4/13. Like suction your boots off muddy, not kidding. Snow from the night before but trail itself was snow-free except in a couple locations but well packed. Beautiful scenery though and a relatively easy climb, definitely will return to do this in the fall to see the foliage.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views from the top of the trail. Mostly dry with only a few snowy or muddy patches.

5 months ago

Mud, snow, ice and a few dry spots! The views are worth it. Wore Sorrels with Yak's and poles.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

This is a beautiful, well established trail with seriously good views. It was incredibly muddy today though. It started out all snow in the shade but from the top of the ridge to the end of night I was fighting some serious mud which was very hard to keep sure footing on.

hiking
7 months ago

Very icy on the west side of the loop on the inclines. Many people were falling/struggling. We hiked clockwise and that seemed to work out better so that we hit the ice downhill. Gorgeous hike as always with 60° temps mid December.

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Great afternoon hike in the snow. Lovely views.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice quick hike. There was a large amount of bear scat on the trail, so make noise and be safe. Beautiful views but little no tree coverage for half of the trail so wear a hat and sunblock!

hiking
9 months ago

Overall an easy yet very lovely hike. I started from the visitor center trailhead and took a left at the fork for the willow creek trail, and completed the South Rim clockwise, which allows for better views in front of you as you hike back north. Trail is in great condition and fall leaves are starting to turn. Fair amount of bear scat around, so do keep your eyes pealed!

10 months ago

Breathtaking views, and very well groomed path. Two thumbs up! Definitely recommend this trail!

10 months ago

This is always my first hike of the summer. It's easy, with some beautiful views--Perfect for when you want to just relax.

11 months ago

This is a nice easy hike. I recommend accessing the trail from across the visitor center as there will be a descent with no shade. To access from a further parking lot would have you walking uphill fully exposed to the sun. Great views from the top of the ridge.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a good hike but not a lot of shade. The views were pretty amazing and we saw some deer grazing in the valley. It took about 1hr 15mins.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a wonderful wildflower hike and challenging enough for my two kids, 7 and 10, to prepare them for our longer hikes in the high country. The Fountain Formations all along the Front Range are always amazing. I never get tired of the view! Bring your binoculars. Fall migration is upon us and the birds love Roxborough. Soo much to see and do! Great proximity to home to be able to enjoy in the winter without having to fight traffic up the hill!

11 months ago

Great views. Nice moderate hike.

hiking
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Wonderful hike, with a lot of wildflowers!

hiking
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Easy hike for new hikers. Small park so there weren’t a lot of people. Get there early. Only 75 spots in park so you could end up waiting to get in, but it is worth it!

hiking
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Great simple loop with amazing views of the valley, I highly suggest going clockwise instead of counter clockwise, it felt a lot steeper going counterclockwise and you start off within the forest/shade of the mountains. Going clockwise it had a lot longer switchbacks along the valley so it seemed a lot easier. Though of course either way you go the views are spectacular! The full loop trail is currently closed going across Roxborough Drive so you have to take the Willow Creek Trail in the middle to make it a loop.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

LOVED the red rock views on this hike. Truly spectacular. I just tried to imagine I didn’t see the giant houses nearby. ;-)

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2018

amazing rocks and beautiful views. lots of wildlife.

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