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Farmers Highline Canal Trail



12.8 mile 20.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 417' 127 m
Descent: -161' -49 m
High: 5,540' 1,689 m
Low: 5,284' 1,610 m


Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)


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Trail shared by Rob M.

Farmers Highline Canal Trail Passing through Westminster, Northglenn, and Thornton.

Rob M.

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Various Parks and activities along this trail offer activities for all ages. Playgrounds, Paddle Boats (Summer), Fishing, Skate Park, Basketball hoops, Tennis Courts, and lots of picnic shelters.

Some sections may flood after heavy rains / spring snow melt. Usually the path will dry up within a week or so with little to no damage.

Need to Know

Between Malley Drive and the E.B. Raines Park complex the trail is used as a doggie restroom by folks in the nearby apartment complex who don't clean up after their dog.

All other sections have been well cared for and have been clean or droppings and most litter.


The Farmers Highline Canal Trail is an extensive trail running East / West through multiple cities on the Colorado Front Range.

The various parks along this trail act as hubs offering a number of connecting trails that can provide a change in view if any section of this trail becomes routine.

The trail has many sections offering lots of tree coverage and is a mix of Concrete and Asphalt. The route is mostly flat, but there will be a few rolling portions to keep you from getting too comfortable. Mornings generally offer the best shade as many sections have the trees to the east and open views to the west.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of cotton wood trees, and migrating song birds. Waterfowl like Ducks, Geese, Coots, etc. can all be found around the lakes.

History & Background

The Farmers' High Line Canal was originally built in the 1860s by the Arapahoe Ditch Company from Clear Creek to Van Bibber Creek in what is now Arvada. The remaining segments to the east were built in subsequent years by the Golden City and Arapahoe Ditch Company. It is one of the Front Range's signature trails winding from near Standley Lake east to Northglenn's EB Raines Park (10.3 mi/16.5 km) and beyond into Thornton.

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Jul 22, 2019
Christian Fode

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Westminster, Colorado. with permission from algill
Jul 15, 2016 near Northglenn, CO
Interesting flower clusters.
Jul 9, 2016 near Northglenn, CO
Art Installation just off the Farmers Highline Canal Trail.
Feb 13, 2016 near Northglenn, CO
Thistle along trail.
Jul 9, 2016 near Northglenn, CO
View of the Flatirons.
Jul 9, 2016 near Northglenn, CO
Jul 9, 2016 near Northglenn, CO


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