Meadowlark Trail

Jefferson County, Colorado

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain864ft
Trailhead Elevation6,090ft
Top6,531ft
Elevation Min/Max6090/6531ft
Elevation Start/End6090/6090ft

Meadowlark Trail

Meadowlark Trail is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 6,090 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 864 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings, an information, and restrooms. Along the trail there are a bbq and a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Plymouth Creek Trail.

Meadowlark Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Deer Creek Canyon Park is another of Jefferson County Open Space’s fine foothill parks. Conveniently close for Denver metro visitors, it offers nearly 10 miles of trail through diverse habitats. In June, more than 60 wildflower species compete for attention with views of the red sandstone Fountain Formation and the distant Denver cityscape. Unique to this hike is the prairie starflower.

While this is a varied-use park, several of the trails are for hikers only, including much of this loop. In its 3.5 miles, Meadowlark/Plymouth trail travels through open grasslands, scrub oak, Douglas fir, and rocky riparian ecosystems. The Meadowlark Trail portion of the loop is for foot traffic only until it joins the Plymouth Trail at 2.2 miles. The last 1.3 mile leg, which drops fairly quickly, is used by mountain bikers as well as hikers. Wildflower alert: A chance to discover the locally uncommon, piquant prairie starflower."

"The Meadowlark Trail is for hikers only, so if you are hiking on a weekend when there is heavy trail use by bicyclists, this trail will take you and your pet away from the traffic. There are pleasant picnic shelters near the trailhead, so you may like to lunch here after this short hike through meadows and groves of scrub oak.

Start on the Plymouth Creek Trail as it heads southwest. The trail ascends through sandy, dry meadow with intermittent scrub oak stands before dropping to Plymouth Creek where it crosses the creek on a bridge. Large boulders form shallow pools of water where your dog can get a drink and wet his paws."

"The red-and-white rock canyon at the end of the hike is the visual and geological highlight of this trail loop-though it also boasts great views at its high point.

The canyon's colors erupt from the scrubby hillside, drawing the hiker's eye away from the muted greens and yellows of the surrounding sage scrub and prairie grasses."

Meadowlark Trail Reviews

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5/10/2011
Did on a weekday but there were still a lot of bikes on the shared use trail. The hiker only trail was a nice climb with good views of the front range. Dusty and dry due to lack of rain, no water in the creek. My dog was disappointed.
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6/27/2009
Took my dog on this trip up Plymouth mountain. Great trail close to metro area, very shaded for most of the trail which was nice. Trail was in good condition. It was reasonably heavily traveled and is also used by mountain bikers. Enjoyable hike, but my biggest pet peeve was mountain bikers who came zooming up behind me (and my dog) without any warning. I'm happy to share the trail, but they need to call out when they're approaching and not assume that I can hear and/or see them.
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Trail Information

Jefferson County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Jefferson County Open Space
Local Contacts
USGS Indian Hills; Trails Illustrated Boulder, Golden
Local Maps

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