Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crown Hill Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Crown Hill Park
Jefferson County Open Space

Date Hiked:  August 23, 2012

Distance: 2.7 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: Negligible
Elevation: 5,511ft
Managing Agency: Jefferson County Open Space
Fee: None
Trailhead Latitude:  39.762057º N
Trailhead Longitude: 105.094576º W

Crown Hill Park Website (Jeffco)
Crown Hill Park Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  The park is located off of Kipling Street in between 26th Ave and 32nd Ave in Lakewood.  The trailhead for this hike is located at 32nd and Estes Street.

Crown Hill Park has much more to offer than you might think.  Aside from Crown Hill Lake, the main attraction with a 1.4 mile paved trail, there are various natural areas that each have nice trails to explore.  This hike description gives you a good tour of the park hitting all the major highlights.

Instead of parking at the main lot off of Kipling Street, start at the Northside on 32nd.  The eastern portion of the park is wooded and has nice natural surface trails to explore.  From the trailhead head west on the wide path through Cottonwoods.  Once you exit the wooded area there will be various trails leading to the south turn left here and work your way towards the lake but bearing west.  Up ahead you’ll see a fenced in wooded area with is the Crown Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.  There is a gate on the eastern edge of the sanctuary.  The short loop within the fenced in section is peaceful and serene.  Enjoy the quiet stroll through this area over bridges and reading the interpretive signage along the way.  Exit the area through another gate and meet up with the main paved trail around the lake.  Follow the west and south shores but keep your eyes out for the natural surface trails leading away from the lake to the east.  Leave the lake and follow these trails through more wooded areas and back to the north.  You’ll find yourself in an open prairie area beneath the towering steeple of the Historic Olinger Mortuary.  Cross the plains and work your back north back to the trailhead.

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