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Bluff Lake Trail

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A short gravel loop around Bluff Lake.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

Point to Point

5,345' 1,629 m

High

5,288' 1,612 m

Low

42' 13 m

Up

84' 26 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · Wildlife

Closed from dusk till dawn. No bicycles.

Need to Know

Be aware that this loop is often incorporated into running events in the Stapleton area, which can dramatically change your experience. Also know that there is a short dirt path section that branches off the northeast part of the trail and follows along Sand Creek for a little way; this is a good area for sighting turkeys, coyote, and deer. This dirt path eventually turns back south and rejoins the main trail.

Description

From the Bluff Lake Nature Center head down the stairs or the trail. The loop can be completed in either direction. There are also signs that denote 1 mile while circumnavigating the lake. The trail is mostly smooth gravel making it an easy hike.

Flora & Fauna

This short, easy loop is great for urban wildlife viewing. Pelicans, bald eagles, great blue herons, egrets, kingfishers, Swainson's hawks, and wild turkeys have all been sighted here. Coyote and deer also frequent Bluff Lake (and there is beaver sign along Sand Creek). There's also a thriving community of black-tailed prairie dogs along the south side of the refuge.

Shared By:

Scott Krankkala with improvements by Val Schwebach

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  4.0 from 3 votes

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#941

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The Bluff Lake Loop
Sep 21, 2015 near Aurora, CO
Lots of urban wildlife out and about, especially near dawn and dusk.
Sep 9, 2018 near Aurora, CO

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Jan 4, 2020
Mike Kruger
Fun to see and play on iced over lake 1.3mi
May 29, 2019
Katie Calderon
Lots of prairie dogs and rabbits and birds to be seen here! A pleasant stroll for sure :)
Sep 9, 2018
Val Schwebach
Mar 3, 2018
Lauren H.
1.3mi