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Old 09-17-10, 10:54 AM
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Cherry Creek Regional Trail

I was looking at the map for this trail.

http://www.douglas.co.us/openspace/d...MapJune_06.pdf

Can any Denver locals tell me, where it says the trail is completed from the Hidden Mesa to Cottonwood trail heads, does that mean the entire distance is paved and not on roads?

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Originally Posted by bfromcolo View Post
I was looking at the map for this trail.

http://www.douglas.co.us/openspace/d...MapJune_06.pdf

Can any Denver locals tell me, where it says the trail is completed from the Hidden Mesa to Cottonwood trail heads, does that mean the entire distance is paved and not on roads?

Thanks
From south of Hidden Mesa through Pradera it is cement.

For about a mile between near Old SChoolhouse Road to Scott Road it is a dirt road going in front of Choke Cherry Farm, but I do it all the time on 700x25's on a road bike at 15mph+.

It now extends beyong Cottonwood to Arapahoe Road (and Chambers), and it is all cemented.

S of Hidden Mesa, the trail becomes Walker Road for about .5 miles or so and joins CO 86. If you go .2 miles east on CO 86 (good shoulder here, but not other places on 86) you can turn right (south) on Castlewood Canyon Road and go all the way to the state park (about 2 miles).

North of Arapahoe there is no really good way to get across Arapahoe, but it can be done, then you can continue down Jordan - trail next to road, go north to Jordan and Caley, go right (east) 1/2 block, and you can catch the Cherry Creek Trail, go around the Reservoir either way you might like, and catch the trail right in front of the dam by I-225 to downtown Denver and Confluence Park. If you want to know specifics of Arapahoe Road Crossing, I can give them to you. There is a sneaky way through there.

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Old 09-17-10, 04:04 PM
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Thanks! I'll have to give it a try.
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Dang, DnvrFox got to this thread before I could. I just rode the Cherry Creek trail from Confluence Park all the way to its paved end at Scott Rd, so my info was up-to-date and everything!

I can tell you that it's paved continuously from Arapahoe Rd to Scott Rd. There is construction 500ft south of Broncos Pkwy on weekdays during work hours, but the "closed" part of the trail is 250ft long and should be easy to get around if needs be.

As for the best way to get past Arapahoe Rd, I am split on whether it's better to ride on Arapahoe for a quarter mile, or to divert to Jordan at Bronco's Pkwy (lower traffic and decent shoulders). I suspect DnvrFox's "sneaky" way is to take the trail behind the power substation, I know about it but haven't tried to link it up yet.

I have never been down the gravel stretch at Scott Rd but according to DnvrFox last year if you keep on it (and know how to connect the parts up), you will get within a mile of Franktown.

The pdf map is not very accurate (it is the same map that has been posted on signs since 2006). It shows parts as incomplete that are complete, and parts that are complete that are not paved. Google satellite view is more up-to-date but does not have the new segment from Cottonwood Park - Bronco's Pkwy.
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Originally Posted by fenny View Post
Dang, DnvrFox got to this thread before I could. I just rode the Cherry Creek trail from Confluence Park all the way to its paved end at Scott Rd, so my info was up-to-date and everything!

I can tell you that it's paved continuously from Arapahoe Rd to Scott Rd. There is construction 500ft south of Broncos Pkwy on weekdays during work hours, but the "closed" part of the trail is 250ft long and should be easy to get around if needs be.

As for the best way to get past Arapahoe Rd, I am split on whether it's better to ride on Arapahoe for a quarter mile, or to divert to Jordan at Bronco's Pkwy (lower traffic and decent shoulders). I suspect DnvrFox's "sneaky" way is to take the trail behind the power substation, I know about it but haven't tried to link it up yet.

I have never been down the gravel stretch at Scott Rd but according to DnvrFox last year if you keep on it (and know how to connect the parts up), you will get within a mile of Franktown.

The pdf map is not very accurate (it is the same map that has been posted on signs since 2006). It shows parts as incomplete that are complete, and parts that are complete that are not paved. Google satellite view is more up-to-date but does not have the new segment from Cottonwood Park - Bronco's Pkwy.
1. The supposed "Trail Closed" signs between Arapahoe Road and Cottonwood are for liability purposes and everyone (including me) ignores them. Even the workers wave you through.

2. The "sneaky way" is that there is a little-known wooden bridge across Cherry Creek at the north end of the soccer fields, just south of Arapahoe Road, allowing one to cross from the trail and come out at Fremont and Jordan, a couple of blocks south of Arapahoe, thereby avoiding Jordan, mostly. I am NOT a fan of riding on Jordan Road. It is poorly designed for bicycles. You have to go through a bunch of large NO TRESPASSING SIGNS, on the soccer fields if that bothers you

3. I generally ride the trail daily, so my info is also current.

4. You rode right past my housing sub-division.

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Good to know about the "Trail Closed" signs. I've been exploring the work since they first tore up the prairie (before it was paved) and back then they were pretty testy. Haven't gotten close enough since then to be yelled at.

Did not know about the wooden bridge at all, just the crumbling walkways on the auto bridge. That's great news and we'll be sure to check it out.

We're on the CC trail every Saturday and Sunday but usually don't go south of 20 Mile (on weekdays we usually stick to the E-470 trail to get to work). Last Thursday was only the first time I'd been down as far as Scott Rd (last time I went south was 2008-ish and it was blocked off for some reason north of that).

4. You rode right past my housing sub-division.
We're in the houses on the west side of Cottonwood park, so I'm betting you are riding past us too. This is the first time I've really looked closely at the "official" CC trail plans, and it's the first time I noticed the E-470 trail is supposed to head east from our neighborhood. Can't believe what a great place we picked back in 2003 (before we rode seriously), this area really is the hub of southeast bicycle trails.
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