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Highline Canal Trail

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61.3 mile 98.7 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 369' 112 m
Descent: -468' -143 m
High: 5,549' 1,691 m
Low: 5,435' 1,657 m

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Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Widely recognized as one of the best urban trails in the country.

Taylor Simmons

Features Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Flat, easy trail with lots of flowers, fruits, fauna for kids to find.

There is a small section to the east near the reservoir where the trail becomes private property.

Overview

The trail is crushed dirt and very wide in most sections south of Hampden/285. To the northeast, the trail becomes paved out into Aurora, but a concerned hiker can find singletrack alongside the pavement in many areas. This trail is extremely popular for marathon training given its flat elevation profile and tunnels that avoid roads and traffic stops.

Description

Few have ever undertaken the full length of the Highline Canal Trail, and even fewer have done it all in one attempt. Use different sections of the trail to get to know greater Denver. Don't expect the most stunning views, but give the trail credit as it spoils hikers who want endless trail without having to leave the city.

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Jun 20, 2019
Siera W
Connected from Cherry Creek to High Line to Lee Gulch and back up Platt River for 48 miles total! 25mi
Apr 14, 2019
Craig Graot
Mar 24, 2019
M W
Feb 26, 2019
Lori Wagner
Sep 2, 2018
Leah Rawdon
3.1mi — 1h 13m
Sep 4, 2016
Derek Bauer

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  4.6 from 12 votes

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Sunrise over Skeel Reservoir.
Sep 7, 2015 near Cherry…, CO
Flat dirt road as featured by much of the southwest portion of the trail.
Sep 7, 2015 near Cherry…, CO

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