Explore the most popular walking 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.

easy, clean and friendly hikers along the way.

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.

Nice trail close to home

A nice hike with the family. A lot of bikes though.

This is a private trail system for Highlands Ranch Association members. Good to know before you head out if your not a member.

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.

walking
4 months ago

Nice easy trail so close to the city but it has pretty scenery and makes you feel like you got out of town. I saw a few mountain bikers and there is a bike maintenance station. It is mating season for frogs so I saw frog eggs. The path dirt and narrow the whole way. I think max it is about 2 miles.

Great little gem close to town. Nice parking lot at trailhead. Fairly easy walking on the packed gravel path for the first section of the East West Trail heading west then gets steeper as you get closer to the West Big Dry Creek intersection. Numerous options including heading into the Backcountry trails if you are a Highlands Ranch resident (bring your Rec center card) or I continued west on the East West trail. Beautiful views in all directions. Not overly crowded for a Sunday morning. Will definitely go back and explore the side trails.

Nice parking lot at trailhead. The first part of the trail is wide smooth gravel high on a mesa. Beautiful peak to peak views and not much development. Then you are diverted off into a hilly maze of single track. I had to dodge quite a few mountain bikes. Bring a good map or fully charged phone. There are lots of opportunities to make a wrong turn. Pretty place with a mountain bike focus.

walking
6 months ago

I wanted to trail run but since I was dog sitting my friend's chihuahua, I only run when she allowed me to. The view was okay, since it was a neighborhood trail, nothing special about this place. I had to cross the road 2x to get to the other side of the trail was annoying. This was just one trail out of 2,500 other trails in Colorado to finish.

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
11 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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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.

paddle sports
Saturday, October 15, 2016

it was the worst

Awesome for mountain biking with many beautiful views!

Good

It's local but lame...

hiking
13 days ago

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