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“Wonderful urban greenway”

South Platte River Trail
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Louisville, CO
Reviewed 2 June 2006

Starting at 104th or 120th Streets in Thornton, a few miles north of Denver, just east of I-25 (maps of the trail and tangential systems are available on line), you ride/skate/walk along the river for a few miles until you reach a fork. South on the Greenway takes you to downtown Denver, past the oldest cemetary in the city. West under the three interstates takes you to another trail system which ends ultimately in Golden, following Clear Creek westward. The scenery is alternately beautiful and industrial, the birdwatching is grand, and hugely varied, and it's a wonderful outing for people of virtually any fitness level. Dogs are permitted but must be kept leashed. The entire system is quite flat, as it runs along rivers and creeks, but is one of the least-used trail systems in the entire front range. There's a detour in spring/summer '06 on the Platte River Greenway about halfway to downtown, which takes you onto a roadway, so avoid it at rush hour. Otherwise, it's safe and not difficult. Be sure to stop at Confluence Park/REI downtown and have a cuppa or cappucino, watch the whitewater kayakers, and enjoy the ambience. From there you can head south - if you have time, take the Bear Creek trail to the west and enjoy the climb to some great mountain bike riding in the State Park. The newly-opened Sand Creek Greenway ties into the Platte River about a mile south of the fork, and heads east along another creek, to Aurora. Much of this trail is dirt & gravel, through old farmsteads and Stapleton periphery. It's a great ride for mountain & off road bikers. There are no water fountains along these routes - be sure to carry plenty, especially if you aren't acclimated to the altitude or dry climate!

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