Trail Name: Highlands Point via East West Regional Trail
Location: Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Date: August 19, 2019
Time at the Trail Head: 5:00pm
Trail Length: 2.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 52 feet
Elev. at Trail Head: 6,301 feet
# of Hikers Passed: 14
# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 7
# of Horses Passed: 0
You can see the trailhead below, which is where a nice parking lot is located with a portable out house, for those of you who are brave enough to enter.
Drive to the Trail
The trailhead is easily accessible but the last mile to the parking lot is on a gravel road, even though this trail is in the city. This is a well maintained gravel road though. Here is a photo of the parking lot and trailhead.
My Day on the Trail
The trail starts at the parking lot and crosses the gravel road immediately. This is a wide gravel trail, approximately 10 feet wide and is well maintained. The trail connects from the Bluffs Regional Park Trail and goes all the way to the west where it also ties into the Colorado Trail which starts in Denver and winds its way through the mountains, all the way to southwest Colorado in Durango. Hiking the entire Colorado Trail is one of the things on my bucket list, but we’re not here to talk about that.
The nice thing about Highlands Point Trail is how close it is to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the great views you can see to the southwest, west and northwest. The Highlands Ranch community stops at the base of this bluff and there is a lot of open ranch land and homes with larger tracks of land to the south.
This photo is looking southwest from the Highlands Point Trail.
The mountain range farther in the background is near Buffalo Peak, Green Mountain and the Lost Creek Wilderness Area.
The image below is looking northwest towards the west side of Highlands Ranch towards Ken Caryl and the Rocky Mountain National Park off in the distance.
After about 1 mile on this well maintained trail, you have the option of taking some single track trails off either side of the trail. The trails to the west are longer and more extensive. These trails are private and owned and operated by Highlands Ranch. I have hiked here and no one has ever asked me any questions. Be respectful and you should be fine. You will see a lot of mountain bikers in this area so just keep an eye out for them. Every mountain biker I have come across has been very polite and are great about sharing the trail.
If you stay on the wide trail on the ridge line, you will eventually come across two great locations to relax and enjoy the Rocky Mountain view.
The first spot is bench with a covered roof that is a memorial to Zoe Anderson. It’s called Zoe’s Rest.
A little farther down the trail to the northwest is viewing area of the Rocky Mountains. It has a concrete compass with arrows pointing to scenic points along the mountain range.
I had arrived at the trailhead around 5pm and was heading back well before sunset but there were several people coming out to enjoy what would eventually be a spectacular sunset. One couple even brought some small lawn chairs with some cheese, crackers and wine. I was hoping they would ask me to join them. That was little wishful thinking. But on that point, the people in Colorado that I have met on the trails have all been incredibly friendly and willing to talk about the area and the things they love the most.
This is not a hiking or backpacking trail. It is a walking, running and mountain biking trail for those who want some exercise and would like to enjoy the view of the Rockies while remaining in the city.
I use this trail and others like it to get away from work and the traffic, but mostly to relax and watch some beautiful sunsets over the Rocky Mountains.
Put on your walking shoes and take some water or better yet, a picnic, and head out to enjoy some of the great views that Denver has to offer, and maybe start planning that bigger outdoor adventure farther into the mountains.
Make sure to check out my video of the trail at Hiking Trails in Colorado | Highlands Point Trail.
Please leave a Comment Below or Email me if you have any questions or would like to share your experience with this area.
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