Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Stone House Trail (Wadsworth to Estes), Bear Creek Greenbelt
Stone House Trail (Wadsworth to Estes)
Bear Creek Greenbelt
Date Hiked: October 29, 2014
Distance: 2.3 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 300ft
Elevation Min/Max: 5,338 to 5,465ft
Managing Agency: City of Lakewood Parks
Bear Creek Greenbelt Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: The trailhead is located at the Stone House Parking Area on Estes Street. From Wadsworth Blvd, turn East on Yale Ave and South on Estes St.
Denver has many greenbelts, Cherry Creek, S. Platte, Clear Creek...but the greenbelt along Bear Creek may just be my favorite. The open space park between Wadsworth Blvd and Estes Street along Bear Creek is a great place for a nice, easy, and surprisingly scenic hike. From the parking area, the trail follows the north shore of a large pond, crosses a bridge and enters an open meadow. Cross another bridge and turn a corner to reach the second pond. When you reach the far side of the pond you'll come to a 4 way intersection. Heading left takes you to a small boardwalk crossing a wetland area. Go straight to follow Bear Creek to Wadsworth Blvd. Cross a bridge just before the Wadsworth Overpass and head back west. You can pick up the Stone House Trail here as it parallels the Bear Creek Trail. While the Bear Creek Trail is a paved biking path, the Stone House Trail caters more to hikers. The dirt trail takes you along the shore of Bear Creek and in the fall, the colors are fantastic. Keep following the Stone House Trail making sure that you take a few of the small side trails to explore Bear Creek. Once you get back to the parking area (about a mile from Wadsworth) you'll cross another bridge and find yourself back where you started.
Again, this is a beautiful area and if you want a longer hike, try following the Stone House Trail west. It will lead you through more cottonwood forests, cross Bear Creek many times and eventually (about 3 miles in) take you to Bear Creek Lake Park and the summit of Mt. Carbon.