Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pattridge Open Space

Pattridge Open Space
City of Arvada Parks and Open Space

Date Hiked: December 18, 2013

Distance 1.5 mi (RT)

Elevation Gain: 300 ft

Directions:  To reach Pattridge Open Space from Denver, take I-70 W to Hwy 58 to Golden.  Turn north onto Hwy 93 and turn right on W 82nd Ave.  The parking area and trailhead are on the right.

This open space park provides a pleasant enough trail for a weekday evening when you want a nice view of the foothills and a low key hike.  There are various trails in this area and combining them can give you a decent hike or a short trail run.  I prefer to take the first right and climb up to the top of the ridge.  From here you can follow the ridge and descend down to the small creek.  Follow the creek back to the parking area or take it further into the park.  This hike is not amazing, not a "must do" hike but it is a nice alternative to the boulder trails and give you a good perspective of the foothills in-between Golden and Boulder.

Note - Last time I was there, the park was covered in trash that must have blown in from somewhere, it was a real shame.  If anyone works for a group that can organize a clean-up, this park could use it.  I called the City of Arvada and they said they would follow up on it, but I haven't heard anything nor been back since.

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