Cherry Creek State Park
Date Hiked: November 8, 2012
- Distance: 1.8mi (RT)
- Elevation Gain: 200ft
- Elevation Min/Max: 5,540 to 5,605ft
- Managing Agency: Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife
Cherry Creek State Park Trail Map (CDP&W)
Wetlands Preserve Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: This hike is located in the eastern part of the park. The park entrance is off of S. Parker Road. To get there from Denver, take I-25 south to 225 north. Get off at the Parker Road exit and head south. Make a right into the park entrance. In the park, follow E. Lehigh Ave, make a left onto Lake View Road. The parking area is on the left.
The Wetlands Preserve is a nice quiet spot on the south shore of Cherry Creek Reservoir. Most of the park visitors visit the lake shore so this area in often quieter and secluded. The trail follow Cherry Creek for a little ways and winds though cottonwood forest. The Wetlands Loop will take you to the south shore of Cherry Creek Reservoir and loop back to the south to the Pipeline Trail back to the parking area. You can also take the North Connector Trail for another loop or follow the trails to the south for a longer hike.