Cherry Point is just steps away from one of the largest network of trails and open space in the Denver Metro area. The Highline Canal is the centerpiece, but the Kent Denver campus and trails throughout Cherry Hills Village provide endless opportunities for walkking, hiking and biking. Below is a brief guide. Mileage is generally from the Dahlia/Cherry Lane intersection, and time is based on a pace of 2 – 3 mph. Trail Map
Cherry Lane Loops – 1 or 1.4miles/20 – 40 minutes
From Dahlia and Cherry Lane, go west on Cherry Lane. Turn left at the “T”. Follow until Parkway Drive, bear left. Continue back to Cherry Lane and home. Lower Loop – Same as upper, but continue west on Cherry Lane at intersection with Parkway Drive. Turn right on Albion, then right again on Middle road to loop back.
Dahlia Hollow Park Loop – 1.3 miles/25 – 35 minutes
South on Dahlia to bottom of the hill. Enter Dahlia Hollow Park and take trail to the canal bridge, go right across the cement bridge/spillway and follow the path through the grass and trees west toward the stairway between some houses. Take these up and into the neighborhood and back to Mansfield and home.
Three Pond Park Loop – 2 miles /40 – 60 minutes
From Dahlia Hollow, go west over bridge to Highline Canal Trail. Continue west past another footbridge and look left for the entrance to Three Pond Park. Follow path into the park, many trails exist. Head through park back to canal trail and return home.
Vista Road – 3.6 miles/70 – 100 minutes
From Three Pond Park, continue west on Highline Canal trail across Colorado Boulevard for another ten minutes. Watch for alleyway between houses with a small path on your left (this is where Mansfield would go through). Take the alleyway west to the Vista Road trail marker on left. Follow this south to Quincy. Return Via Quincy, to Colorado north to Three Pond Park.
Cherry Park Loop – 5 miles/20 minutes (mtn. bike)/ 1hr 40 min –2 hr 30 min (walk)
From Highline Canal at Mansfield, continue west on alleyway single-track, past Vista Road then Village Road. Alley will soon start to open up to a neighborhood of very large homes on the left (including Mike Shanahan’s former estate behind the stone wall). Take the nice pathway on left, into the neighborhood. Take road right or left to other side of loop and look for another nice path heading south out of neighborhood. This takes you into the next neighborhood – take right or left on loop and go around to south side, exit south to Quincy. Return via Quincy.
Kent Loop – 7.4 miles/30 –45 minutes (mtn. bike)
Take Cherry Park Loop to Quincy, go west to Meade Lane, turn left. Go south on Meade and enter equestrian park heading south, pick up horse trail and head east. Follow fenced horse trail to exit on Random Road and continue east on it. As Random Road turns north, turn right into driveway of the large glass house on your right, go 40 feet and pick up fenced horse path on left, continue east to Kent campus. Follow fenced horse path south on Kent campus past maintenance sheds. Pick up single track that goes through Kent and follow south and east staying along single track at perimeter of campus to intersection with Highline Canal. Pick up canal trail for return, or single track along Kent campus perimeter to Dahlia parking area. Return via highline canal.
More routes coming soon:
Cherry Creek Shopping Center – Bike
Cherry Creek State Park – Bike
Highline Canal South to Margorie Perry Nature Preserve