Sunday, December 1, 2013
Lowell Ponds State Wildlife Area
Colorado Division of Wildlife
Date Hiked: December 1, 2013
Distance: 1.8 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: Negligible
Lowell Ponds Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: Lowell Ponds SWA is located off of Lowell Blvd just south of I-76. To get there from the highlands area of Denver, take 38th Street to Lowell Blvd and go North, Pass under I-70, and continue north for a few miles. The parking area will be off to the left. Park here and walk across the overpass to enter the park and the trail system.
While Lowell Ponds is really meant for fishers, it makes for a nice peaceful easy hike or walk. There are trails that wind between the various lakes, ponds, and Clear Creak and there are relaxing wildlife lookouts. Explore as you will but if you walk all the trails you rack up about 2 miles. You can also explore the Clear Creek trail which runs through the park. This trail is a paves bike and walking trail but makes for a nice excursion in the winter when many of the dirt trails in the area are snow covered or muddy from melting snow.