Sunday, March 17, 2013
Hummingbird & Chickadee Trails, Reynolds Park
Hummingbird & Chickadee Trails
Reynolds Park, Jefferson County Open Space
Date Hiked: March 17, 2013
Distance: 3.6 mi (RT)
Elevation Min/Max: 7,002 to 7,614ft
Reynolds Park Website & Map (Jeffco)
Hummingbird > Chickadee Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: From Denver, take 285 south to the Foxton Road exit (look for park signs on the highway). Head south on Foxton Road until you enter the park. The main parking area is on the south side of Foxton Road, park here and walk across the road to the Hummingbird Trailhead.
This is the easier of the two trail systems in Reynolds Park, and although you don't get the incredible views of the Eagle's View Trail, you still get great views down the valley to the Cathedral Spires/Scraggy Peak area. You start switchbacking up the side of the ridge, crest the ridge, and descend down the other side, easy enough... There are benches and viewpoints along the way and you'll travel in and out of evergreen forest the entire way. Once you descend from the ridge, you have the option of taking the Chickadee trail for a little more adventure.
The Chickadee trail mainly leads to the park's campground but it makes for a nice hike across rolling fields and small canyons. Once you reach the campground go back the way you came (unless your camping...). When you reach the trail junction with the Hummingbird, head south and cross Foxton Rd again, this will put you onto the Songbird trail which you can follow back to the parking area. The Songbird trail is a beautiful trail, especially in the early season when the creek it follows is flowing. It makes for a nice way to finish out the hike.