Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Glendale Farm Open Space, Douglas County Open Space

Glendale Farm Open Space
Douglas County Open Space

Date Hiked: Jan. 15, 2012

Distance: 1.9 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 200ft
Elevation Min/Max: 6,232 to 6,397ft
Managing Agency: Douglas County Open Space
Fee: None

Glendale Farm Open Space Webpage (Douglas Co.)
Glendale Farm OS Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  From Denver, take I-25 south to Exit 192 (RidgeGate), head south for 2 miles on East Frontage Road to the trailhead and parking area.

Glendale Farm Open Space is a popular hike just south of the Denver Tech Center.  The hike climbs to the top of a ridge and then remains mostly flat with wide open views of the plains and the Front Range.  From the parking area head up the Glendale Farm Trail, staying left at the fork.  After a short and easy climb you'll reach a trail junction, the main trail goes right, but first, take the trail to left for a terrific diversion.  The trail to the left explores a rocky cliff face with great views an interesting terrain.  Double back to the trail junction and continue the Glendale Farm Trail.  The remaining loop crosses open and exposed flatlands providing views of virtually all the iconic Front Range mountains including, Pike's Peak, Devil's Head, Mt. Evans, and Longs Peak.  The trail gradually descends the slopes back to the parking area.

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