Platte River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Chatfield State Park. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 5,494 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 32 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and information boards. Kassler trailhead and other parkings can be seen along the trail. There is also a reservoir along the trail.
Platte River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"If you’re looking for solitude, great views, bird life, and a glimpse of what this area looked like at the beginning of the twentieth century, you’ll find them here. The canal begins nearly 2 miles up the canyon to the west. A diversion dam on the South Platte River funnels water into a 600-foot-long tunnel. Take note of your surroundings: This is one of the last fragments of tallgrass prairie along the Front Range. Distant stands of native scrub oak and thick willow groves near the water provide wildlife habitat and shelter for deer, foxes, skunks, coyotes, rabbits, and numerous raptors, including eagles."
--M. A. Savage, Walkin' the Dog: Denver (Falcon Guides).
"The centerpiece of this hike is South Platte Park, which has been thirty years in the making, ever since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed the Chatfield Dam and Reservoir project after a devastating flood in 1965. The park you see today was assembled one parcel at a time and now encompasses 650 acres. The floodplain, extensively gravel mined since the 1950s, was painstakingly reclaimed. Today the largest gravel pit is a lake, and the land and water quality has been restored so that the habitat supports more than 225 species of birds and 23 species of fish. The city of Littleton owns the land, while the South Suburban Park and Recreation District administers the park."
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