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Highline Canal Trail

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 4.0 (9)

Widely recognized as one of the best urban trails in the country.


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Map Key

58.3

Miles

93.8

KM

Singletrack

5,547' 1,691 m

High

5,429' 1,655 m

Low

219' 67 m

Up

330' 101 m

Down

0%

Avg Grade (0°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Flat and smooth gravel trail for those who are new to cycling, and mountain biking.

There is a small section to the east near the Chatfield Reservoir where the trail becomes private property. Please check trail signage and access before continuing.

Description

The trail is crushed dirt and very wide in most sections south of Hampden/285. To the northeast, the trail becomes paved out into Aurora, but a concerned runner can find singletrack alongside the pavement in many areas. This trail is extremely popular for marathon training given its flat elevation profile and tunnels that avoid roads and traffic stops.

Few have ever undertaken the full length of the Highline Canal Trail, and even fewer have done it all in one attempt. Use different sections of the trail to get to know greater Denver. Don't expect the most stunning views, but give the trail credit as it spoils riders who want endless trail without having to leave the city.

Contacts

Shared By:

Taylor Simmons with improvements by Ed O and 2 others

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 9 votes

#9097

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  4.0 from 9 votes
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Trail Rankings

#867

in Colorado

#9,097

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6,026 Since Mar 19, 2018
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Photos

railroad crossing
Jul 30, 2018 near Columbi…, CO
this is what the most of high-line looks like
Jul 30, 2018 near Columbi…, CO
Beautiful sights of the mountains on the high-line canal
Jul 30, 2018 near Greenwo…, CO
High Line Canal trail right at the start at Waterton canyon.
May 28, 2019 near Roxboro…, CO
mountain views
Jul 30, 2018 near Columbi…, CO

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