Explore the most popular trail running trails near Highlands Ranch with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Yes, part of this trail is private property. The most scenic and fun sections are the E/W trail and Highlands Point (Do the upper loop clockwise and Tenderfoot/Badlands is mostly downhill super fun flowy single track). Not sure it's worth traveling for, but I ride these trails frequently from my house, very enjoyable for being so close and convenient.

Also, not sure how everyone rates these rides - technically- these trails are easy, but 11 miles - especially in the heat of summer can take its toll.

mountain biking
9 days ago

I live nearby and ride much of this area regularly. Couple things:

1) The loop area marked on the map is part of Highlands Point trails system. Since no one is impressed with the paved paths from Southridge Rec Center, I would suggest parking at the Mountain Vista high school, and short hike/ride up dad clark to get to loop.

2) Be careful hiking/biking, trails are narrow flowy single-track and some sections are in the woods with blind corners. Some sections are fast downhill on a bike. Upper trails, especially near E/W trail can be busy with hikers, bikers, and dogs.

3) All of highlands Point system is labeled 'Easy'. This trail should be labeled 'Easy' as well.

In the middle of a neighborhood with septic tanks everywhere. It was a windy day when I went and it smelled like septic. Not worth if you have to drive to it. Couldn’t find the actual trail, all I found were paved walkways

County part of the trail was a nice path. Dissapointing that the trail trails are restricted access. Just quick out and back as it wasn't worth getting too wet in the drizzle.

Easy trail with great views.

I own property that allows me to access the trails. There is a fee for it.

I should have given this trail 5 stars, if I would have been able to access the entire trail. The “no trespassing” signs that prohibit people who don’t own property in the area from accessing many of the trails, made me feel unwelcome. Other than that it is beautiful flowy trail.

trail running
10 months ago

This quiet, scenic trail is in the midst of a large residential community.

It pays to look at the map beforehand. There are lots of other trails that intersect with this one.

I started at the trailhead near Sand Creek Elementary School. I ran 2 miles up and back. There wasn't a flat part to the entire trail.

walking
11 months ago

This is NOT a trail! It is a paved path that runs through a snooty rich neighborhood. If your looking for trails do not run here.

I'm local and wanted a close outing today so I chose this trail. Definitely a good running/easy biking trail. I was just disappointed that much of it is next to a gated community and many of the trails are within that area, not for public use (signs not to go trespassing). Not to mention the barbed wire fencing framing the trails you can use.

Good for running/biking training, not great for the scenery.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I think people are confused as what this trail is. From what I can only see a paved walk way around this area that is smack dab in the middle of a residential area. I don't see anywhere to mountain bike.
I also parked at the Arrowhead middle school, but you park down Brookwwod DR right in front of the trail head.

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Definitely park at the rec center. The trail ends at the middle school coming back. It's a good city trail. Lots of bikers.

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike once I found it. The directions take you to an elementary school, but if you park at the Highlands Ranch South Ridge recreation center, the trail runs right along there. Yes, it's a paved pathway at first. Just follow it until you cross the road and that's when the real hiking trail begins.

paddle sports
Saturday, October 15, 2016

it was the worst

trail running
Sunday, October 02, 2016

The first couple of miles are on a sidewalk and in a valley between houses. You also will have to cross a couple of streets. After that it's beautiful!

Awesome for mountain biking with many beautiful views!

Good

It's local but lame...

mountain biking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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