Cherry Creek Pipeline Trail

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Very Easy
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2.3 km
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4 m
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The Cherry Creek Pipeline Trail presents the perfect opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature. You will be lulled into a state of relaxation as you hike along the gurgling waters of Cherry Creek and through lush woodlands. Enjoy this peaceful oasis among the busyness of the state’s capital.

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Route Description for Cherry Creek Pipeline Trail

The Cherry Creek Pipeline Trail is a hidden gem nestled in the city’s center. Located within the Cherry Creek State Park, the hike can be customized to your needs and abilities. If you are seeking a longer journey, simply connect to one of the many merging paths, or cut the adventure short by turning around—the possibilities are endless. It is worth noting that Cherry Creek State Park charges an entrance fee, which is typically around $9USD.

Embark on your journey along the Cherry Creek Pipeline Trail from the Shop Creek Trailhead. From here, track the Pipeline Trail southwest, over Shop Creek, and through the wetlands. Follow this path over a branch of Cherry Creek and beneath the shade of the lush woodlands. There are several connecting and merging paths along this trail, ignore them and maintain along the Pipeline Trail unless you want to explore further! Follow the path through the sparse tree coverage and you will eventually cross over another segment of the creek.

Cross over the babbling waters and the route will guide you into a meadow. From here, enjoy the sights of the Denver cityscape and you will shortly meet the trail’s end. At this point, you can take a connecting trail or simply backtrack along the path, eventually returning you to the trailhead.

Getting to the Cherry Creek Pipeline Trail Trailhead

The Cherry Creek Pipeline Trail departs from the Shop Creek Trailhead off E Lake View Road in the Cherry Creek State Park.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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