Valley View Trail

Jefferson County, Colorado

Elevation Gain400ft
Trailhead Elevation6,044ft
Elevation Min/Max5866/6045ft
Elevation Start/End6044/6044ft

Valley View Trail

Valley View Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 6,044 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 400 feet. This trail connects with the following: Coyote Song Trail, Cathy Johnson Trail and C-470 Trail.

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Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides)
Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones
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"This fun and fast loop rolls through open meadows and alongside amazing red rock formations. Deer, coyotes, and birds of prey are common sights on this loop. The loop through South Valley is a fun, fast run passing spectacular red rock formations and open meadows. It can be run either clockwise or counterclockwise; the clockwise direction is described here." Read more
Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug
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"This short and easy loop takes you past towering rock formations created by erosion of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. Early Native Americans created shelters under over-hanging rocks. While hiking along, use your imagination to ?nd various shapes in the red towers. Golden eagles and cli? swallows ?nd nesting sites on rock ledges, where white droppings betray their homes. Interpretive signs explain the park’s natural features and geologic history. For people in the south Denver metro area, this park provides a convenient place for a quick workout or just to enjoy a beautiful piece of hogback valley." Read more
Best Loop Hikes Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Steve Johnson & David Weinstein
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"Just southwest of Denver lays another treasure maintained by Jefferson County Open Space. South Valley Park offers 909 acres of preserved and beautiful land close to the urban hullabaloo of the big city. We chose a couple of trails that form a lollipop loop through a valley that is home to spectacular geological formations and critical range for elk and mule deer. A number of red stone outcroppings of the Fountain and Lyons formations are scattered throughout the valley, making this short trail well worth a visit. Trail maps are available at the trailhead. One section of the loop is for hikers only; the rest of the park is multiuse. Mountain bikes and horses are common sights along the way." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"A pretty foothills area that includes the hogback and the usual striking rock formations, South Valley Park is great for hiking or biking. Part of the trail system is for hikers only, while the rest is open to bikers too. Coyote Song Trail is a great, perhaps the best, option in the park. Farthest from the road, it weaves through the beautiful rock formations and low foothills. The trail has more of an uphill start from the parking lot at the south entrance off of Deer Creek Canyon Road, more downhill from the north." Read more
Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"Relatively gentle mountain biking in a beautiful setting southwest of Denver. Speed through a magical landscape of sun-drenched meadows and jutting red rock formations, as the Lockheed Martin complex looms above." Read more

Valley View Trail Reviews

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We had never been mountain biking before (Myself and 17 year old son), and we were looking for a good first trail to try out all of our book learned skills. This trail was as advertised, no extended climbs, and each climb was rewarded by a fun (Simetimes twisting) descent, moreso on the backside. Not crowded during mid-weekday, we only ran into 3 other people (2 bikes, 1 group of hikers). The climbs were not super timid for a road biker like me, and it will tell you if you are not used to grinding up slopes. A good trainer for the newbie like me :)
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Interesting little trail. Very accessible from Denver. I did this on a Sunday afternoon and made the loop in about an hour. Forgot my camera so I don't have any pictures, but will be back again before it gets to hot. Not a lot of elevation change but it's a nice stroll around some really interesting rock formations. They have signs set up along the path talking about the geology and wildlife of the area. No wildlife spottings at all though. I think this would be a really beautiful fall hike.
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Trail Information

Jefferson County
Nearby City
Skill Level
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
USGS: Indian Hills
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Activity Feed

Dec 2018