We live 15 minutes from this hike and I’ve always wondered what it looked like… Never again! You got the noise from I-70, 470, or both throughout the entire stretch; so I had to listen to podcasts the entire way to distract myself. The trail itself was pretty crappy with lots of steep, crooked areas with loose rocks everywhere. Or pavement. Both suck.
I had to go back to the park to fill in the parts I missed the first time around, and the second time around when it was supposed to be a filler hike. Some of the trails weren’t marked, or closed, and I ended up getting forced out of the park into the neighborhood, unless I wanted to hike a mile out of my way to a known path back to the trailhead. The neighborhood was nice, but I missed a shortcut that would have cut this hike 1 mile short.
This was supposed to be a filler hike to get a small section of trail that I had missed when I had hiked in this area before. It turned into an over 9 mile hike and I didn’t finish the parts I set out to because there was a steep little hill that I looked at at just before the nine mile mark and said “Hell No!”. Then I started heading back.
It was very pretty and nothing like I expected. I was particularly surprised by the deer and obstacle course that was just sitting in the middle of nowhere.
This hike just felt like is was constantly going up, especially the endless staircase that is the Red Rocks Auditorium. I was surprised that there wasn’t much more elevation gain compared to my previous hike in Red Rocks. This is a good starter hike to get used to going up. Surprisingly there were a bunch of short extra trails that weren’t on any maps that I could find.