Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Friday, May 31, 2013

Cathy Johnson > Columbine Trails, Ken Caryl Ranch Open Space

Cathy Johnson > Columbine Trails
Ken Caryl Ranch Open Space

Date Hiked: May 31, 2013

  • Distance: 3 mi (RT)
  • Elevation Gain: 500ft
  • Elevation Min/Max: 5,696 to 6,157ft
  • Managing Agency: Ken Caryl Ranch Metropolitan Recreation District
  • Fee: None

South Valley Park Website (Jeffco)
Cathy Johnson Trail Map (Google Maps)
Ken Caryl Ranch Open Space Website

Directions:  This trail can be hiked starting at either South Valley Road or Deer Creek Canyon Road.  From Denver take I-70 west to C470 east.  Exit Ken Caryl Ave and make a left on S. Valley Road or take C470 to Deer Creek Canyon road west to the trailhead.

Yes, Ken Caryl has an open space, you can't hike there.  Unfortunately the hiking trails at Ken Caryl are for residents only, not open to the public...except for the Cathy Johnson Trail.  This trail is adjacent to and connects to South Valley Park.  The trail is a straight shot from S. Valley Rd to Deer Creek Rd sandwiched between 2 hogbacks, and surprisingly scenic.  The Columbine trail loops off of the main trail and heads up to a connector with South Valley.  It also makes for a good balloon loop.  Take the Columbine trail up the hogback to a great view point down into South Valley and the impressive red rock formations.

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