There was a tiny little fall nip in the air today and the Lee Gulch and High Line Canal Trails couldn’t be better suited for a chill Sunday ride.
It was nice to make a loop, connecting familiar Denver paved trails to gravel trails.
The gravel sections are easy, smooth, flat and non-technical, so it is easy to set a good pace. However, the Lee Gulch and Highline Trails wind through areas with ritzy houses, horse properties and beautiful views of the mountains, all of which invites you to slow down and take in the views.
We wish the whole High Line Canal had the beautiful, wide crushed gravel surface that is in the southern portions.
Do this ride if you want a fast, easy and enjoyable mixed gravel and pavement loop on trails near Denver.
All of Lee Gulch Trail and the large majority of the High Line Canal Trail is smooth and non-technical crushed gravel.
This is a perfect “easy like Sunday morning” ride. We were anticipating more dog-walkers and families on the residential trails, but it was not busy and the High Line trail is so wide it is easy to have more than enough room to pass groups. The High Line crosses several roads but on the weekend car traffic was so light, it hardly slowed us down!
Nixon’s Coffee House at Hudson Gardens is a nice place to stop along the way (at about mile 14 in this loop). It has coffee, food and bathrooms.
We recommend starting this ride from Downtown Denver at Confluence Park or REI if you are doing the whole loop.