Hiking Project Logo

Grazing Elk Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.0 (10)

A beautiful foothills trail in the South Valley Park through a meadow that sits overlooking red rock formations.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.1

KM

Point to Point

6,107' 1,861 m

High

5,839' 1,780 m

Low

281' 86 m

Up

194' 59 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Description

This is an easy and enjoyable loop through a meadow which sits slightly above the rest of the valley, affording great views along the trail of the surrounding foothills and red rock formations. The elevation change is long and gradual adding a slight challenge to the first half of the loop until the decline begins. As the name alludes to, there are plenty of opportunities for elk and deer sightings since the wide open meadows are a favorite place of theirs. Go early in the morning or at dusk, and you're likely to run into them before they hop out of the way off the trail.

The hike begins where the Grazing Elk Trail intersects Valley Rd on its southern side. The nearest parking lot is just east of the Valley Rd and Deer Creek Canyon Rd intersection located at approximately 39.551164" N, -105.139235" W. From there you may reach the start by heading west on Deer Creek Canyon Rd and taking a right onto Valley Rd using the small shoulder until you reach the trail crosswalk. Otherwise, you can also choose the more scenic (and probably safer) route taking the Coyote Song Trail from the parking lot keeping left onto the Swallow Trail and finally reaching the Grazing Elk Trail which takes you to the Valley Rd crosswalk where the ruoute begins. The latter route to the hike start from the parking lot is about 1 mile - a nice extension to your hike or a great warm up/ cool down through the valley's red rocks.

Flora & Fauna

Elk, deer, and hawks.

Contacts

Shared By:

Scott Tuttle

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 10 votes

#22730

Overall
  3.0 from 10 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
20%
3 Star
60%
2 Star
20%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#1,873

in Colorado

#22,730

Overall
15 Views Last Month
862 Since May 6, 2015
Easy/Intermediate

67%
8%
25%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

This is one of the farthest points of the trail from South Valley Rd. This is looking toward C-470.
Aug 4, 2019 near Ken Caryl, CO

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 55 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Jan 11, 2021
Gina G
May 13, 2020
Nick Bennett
3mi
Apr 20, 2020
Matt Kohn
Mar 26, 2020
Rachel Pierstorff
2.6mi
Mar 24, 2020
Brian Sinnott
Mar 14, 2020
Amy Navvab
With Brock and Harrison 1mi
Aug 4, 2019
Tim Baity
Cool morning, whispy clouds, trail dry — 7h 02m
May 24, 2019
Jacque Oppelt
Easy hike, great for visitors who are not use to the altitude.