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Centennial Cone Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (31) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This hike links all the major trails available at Centennial Cone Park into a big, fun loop.


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Map Key

17.2

Miles

27.7

KM

Loop

7,914' 2,412 m

High

6,804' 2,074 m

Low

2,430' 741 m

Up

2,428' 740 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

During the summer months there is an odd/even weekend day split between pedestrians/horses and mountain bikers. Check with Jeffco Parks for the calendar.

Overview

This is a worthy loop that will make for a fun day. The views come up just when a little motivation is needed. The terrain changes often with several climbs that will have your legs tired by the end.

Need to Know

This is going to be a hot place midsummer with little shade on much of the route. Restrooms are present at both the Centennial Cone and North parking lots.

Description

Starting at the Mayhem Gulch parking area, head up the Mayhem Gulch Trail, which is a nice warm-up. At the first intersection, take a right at the junction with the Juniper Trail. Continue up Mayhem Gulch on this trail, enjoying the views down into the drainage.

Turning a corner, the car noise from Clear Creek Road vanishes. Entering a nice ponderosa stand, take in the bird sounds, as you head left (west) at the next intersection onto the Travois Trail. A right at the upper intersection with the Juniper Trail leads to the Centennial Cone road parking area.

Continue on the Travois Trail, until you come to another intersection. You'll want to stay right here onto the Elk Range Trail, following this doubletrack uphill as it gradually winds through large open spaces and a few stands of pine. There are two spots where the trail leads through private property on this section, please respect the signage and property.

At the North trailhead, the loop bears to the right on the North end of the Travois Trail on awesome singletrack. Follow a drainage and continue across a bridge where Travois Trail leads to the Evening Sun Loop trail. Enjoy the views into a drainage here as this fun section traverses around a small hill.

Follow Travois Trail South (right) at the intersection. This will eventually lead to the top of a spectacular ridge. From here, enjoy some nice downhill, cross a creek at a bridge and begin a longer climb back through a section of pine. Once on top, it is mostly downhill all the way past the Mayhem Gulch Trail intersection to the Juniper Trail junction. A left here leads down the Juniper Trail, then the Mayhem Gulch Trail and back to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

The trail will be mostly in the open with meadows dominating the landscape and foothills as the backdrop. The meadows with the bordering trees provide prime habitat for deer and birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Scalese

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 31 votes

#280

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  4.5 from 31 votes
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#280

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Mid March 2019
Mar 27, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Mid March 2019
Mar 27, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Well marked trails
Mar 27, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Mid March 2019
Mar 27, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
View of Clear Creek Canyon from a highpoint on the trail
Sep 14, 2015 near Golden, CO
Really pretty drainage.
Oct 27, 2015 near Golden, CO

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May 23, 2020
Kim Chrislip
Out & Back 5.5mi
Sep 15, 2019
Darby West
Aug 17, 2019
Darby West
Apr 26, 2019
Dave Montesano
Jun 17, 2018
Kylea Pote
Feb 2, 2018
Debby R
Only went out 6.5 miles on Travois - very pretty views.
Jan 1, 2018
Maren Miller
Oct 22, 2017
Cal Brophy
17.2mi