Cherry Creek Spillway Trail

Wheel Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain288ft
Trailhead Elevation5,568ft
Elevation Min/Max5568/5701ft
Elevation Start/End5568/5568ft

Cherry Creek Spillway Trail

Cherry Creek Spillway Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Aurora, Colorado. It is within Cherry Creek State Park, Olympic Park, and Wheel Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 5,568 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 288 feet. Along the trail there are fountains, parkings, restrooms, benches, and a swimming pool. This trail connects with the following: Toll Gate Creek Trail, Parker Road Trail and Parker East Trail.

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Fishing Colorado: An Angler's Complete Guide to More than 125 Top Fishing Spots (Falcon Guides)
Ron Baird
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"This 800-acre impoundment is in a state park surrounded by the suburbs of south Denver. Key Species: Walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, wiper, rainbow trout, panfish."
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"This popular state park that is very close to Denver offers a wide variety of trails you can use to escape from urbanity while enjoying water views with a Rocky Mountain backdrop. You can hike or pedal next to the 850-acre, scenic reservoir or enjoy trails that feature streams, wetlands, waterfowl, and other wildlife. There are 22 trails, and only two are more than 2 miles long, making the park ideal for family outings. There is a swim beach, so you can take a dip and cool off on warm days. The Smoky Hill and Cherry Creek Trails are next to the reservoir. The Pipeline, Wetland, and North and South Connector Trails are more secluded. A dog park allows off-leash dogs."
Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides)
Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones
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"This loop run can be done either clockwise or counterclockwise; the counterclockwise direction is described here. Encircling the entire Cherry Creek Reservoir, this loop run provides runners with wonderful opportunities to see bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and great horned owls perched in the surrounding cottonwoods, as well as other waterfowl and shorebirds, along with mule deer, coyotes, and prairie species."
Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"Creek or paddle along for a while and then join you under tall cottonwoods for a rest and a shady respite from the hot Colorado sun. The only requirement for enjoying this off-leash canine paradise is that your dog must be voice or sight trained. The off-leash area stretches for more than a mile as it runs south along Cherry Creek, which flows slowly here and has a broad, rock-free, sandy bottom. Dogs seem to know they are in heaven and behave accordingly. Owners who might be less active than their pets can sit at one of two benches strategically placed in the shade of cottonwoods. While not watching Rover, you can savor the fine vistas of the Front Range."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Denver - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"A wide, paved, accessible trail winds through the less-busy natural area of this popular park, offering a chance to walk, talk, and enjoy a patch of open space in the midst of suburbia. Cherry Creek State Park is a sanctuary—for plants, animals, and people—in the midst of the Denver metro area’s urban sprawl. Travel the wide, paved Cherry Creek Trail in the park’s southern reaches, far from the busy reservoir itself, and you’ll escape the bustle of city life without traveling outside the urban boundaries. The trail is a straightforward out-and-back trek. Never leave the pavement and you won’t risk getting lost at all."

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Trail Information

Wheel Park
Nearby City
Olympic Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Cherry Creek State Park, 4201 S. Parker Rd., Aurora, CA 80014; (303) 690-1166
Local Contacts
USGS Parker; map in the Cherry Creek State Park brochure; trail map online at
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