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Farmers Highline Canal Trail

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


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Map Key

12.8

Miles

20.7

KM

Singletrack

5,540' 1,689 m

High

5,284' 1,610 m

Low

417' 127 m

Up

161' 49 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly Wanders through many neighborhoods and the creek is always a learning opportunity. Also lots of wildlife along the wooded areas of the trail.

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rob M. with improvements by Climby Guy

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 3 votes

#1

in Thornton

#4724

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  4.7 from 3 votes
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#1

in Thornton

#423

in Colorado

#4,724

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One of the wooded areas of the trail.
Jul 3, 2019 near Westmin…, CO
Keep an eye out for prairie dogs!
Jul 3, 2019 near Westmin…, CO
Arrival at Standley Lake.
Jul 3, 2019 near Arvada, CO

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Check-Ins

Jun 5, 2020
Ryan F
May 25, 2020
Chris Walson
May 17, 2020
Bill Korfker
Westminster to Standley Lake and back. 12mi — 1h 00m
Apr 1, 2020
Logan Foster
Great ride through some parks and lakes. Great Colorado scenery — 0h 12m
Feb 2, 2020
Allen Jordan
Aug 28, 2019
B V
Aug 2, 2019
AJ Kwekel
Jul 29, 2019
Linda Ngo