Cherry Creek Trail - Cycling

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Summary

This is one of the easiest and most lovely semi-urban cycling and running paths in all of Denver.

Written by

Aaron Bible

Distance

0.1 miles

Varies. The trail technically runs 40 miles along Cherry Creek to Franktown.

Destination Distance From Downtown

1.3 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-3 Hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

A journey along the Cherry Creek Trail stretching from the Confluence of the Platte River and Cherry Creek all the way east (southeast) to Cherry Creek Mall and further out to Cherry Creek Reservoir (along a paved multi-use path) has to be one of the nicest semi-urban runs or bike rides in the country.

What Makes It Great

There are a couple spots further east where you have to pay attention and take the right turn, because the paths here can be slightly confusing, but for the most part, it's very straightforward. 

You can hop on this trail anywhere along Cherry Creek, but one of the best places to start is at the Starbucks/REI at Confluence Park. You can easily ride or drive there, and it's a convenient place to meet people if you're not a solo runner or rider. Just cross over the bridge and pick up the Cherry Creek Trail going east. This will give you a great tour of downtown and of some of Denver's nicest neighborhoods. 

Be aware of other trail users. You'll encounter anyone from baby joggers to rollerbladers, to speedy cyclists, to dog walkers. Be respectful and vigilant. You can run or ride all the way to Cherry Creek State Park, or just do as many miles out and back as you desire. 

On Wednesday nights during the summer, you'll encounter Denver's weekly Cruiser Ride -- one of the largest and longest-running social bike rides in the country. So if you're a runner, it's probably best to avoid this time. 

Who is Going to Love It

This is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places to run or ride with little concern for anything else. It’s safe, well-maintained and easy to navigate, and of course benefits from Denver's amazing year-round weather. And as mentioned, you can make it as long or short as you have time for.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

You can hop on this trail anywhere along Cherry Creek, but one of the best places to start is at the Starbucks/REI at Confluence Park.

Location

Cherry Creek Trail

2250 15th Street
Denver, CO, 80202
39.754872, -105.007215

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