Sunday, November 11, 2012
Tucker Lake & Ralston Creek Trail, Arvada
Tucker Lake & Ralston Creek Trail
City of Arvada
Date Hiked: November 11, 2012
Distance: 3.5 mi (RT)
Elevation Min/Max: 5,696 to 5,944ft
Managing Agency: City of Arvada Open Space
Tucker Lake Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: The trailhead for Tucker Lake can be reached a number of ways from Denver. You can take I-70 west to 58 west to 93 North and turn right (east) on 66th Ave and turn left on Virgil Way.... or you can take I-70 and head north on Kipling, Wadsworth, or Ward. Take either of those streets to either 64th or 72nd and head west until they become Virgil Way. Once on Virgil Way, you'll see the paved trail to the west, park on the street and you'll quickly find the trailhead for the Ralston Creek Trail.
Tucker Lake is a small lake with a great view of the front range foothills just north of Golden. You start out on the paved Ralston Creek Trail, and soon detour on a soft surface trail north to Tucker Lake. The trail goes around the lake and meets back up with the Ralston Creek Trail, there is a dirt single track trail paralleling Ralston Creek if you just can't hike on a paved trail... I only traveled about 1 mile on this trail as the temperature was single digits and I was freezing my bloody arse off... The Ralston Creek Trail will eventually head south to the north shore of Blunn Reservoir and loop back to the start (that was my goal before my joints froze). On this stretch of trail you get great views to the north including Eldorado Mountain, Bear Peak, and S. Boulder Peak.