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Wetland Loop Trail Hike

Cherry Creek State Park

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Wetland Loop Trail Hike

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  • Trailhead at the Shop Creek parking area.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Boardwalk on the Pipeline Trail, Cherry Creek State Park.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Pipeline Trail, Cherry Creek State Park.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Pipeline Trail, Cherry Creek State Park.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Crossing over Cherry Creek on the Wetland Loop Hike.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) along the Wetland Loop Trail.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) along the Wetland Loop Trail.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Wetland Loop Trail with plains cottonwood (Populus sargentii), Cherry Creek State Park.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Wetland Loop Trail, Cherry Creek State Park.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Non-native musk thistle (Carduus nutans) along the Wetland Loop Trail, Cherry Creek State Park.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) along the Wetland Loop Trail, Cherry Creek State Park.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • View of E. Lake View Road from the North Connector Trail.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
  • Prickly poppy (Argemone polyanthemos) along the North Connector Trail.- Wetland Loop Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short, kid-friendly hike. Level grade. Wildlife viewing.
Cons: 
Limited views. Dogs not permitted.
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Region:
Denver Metro Area, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
State Park Fee ($12.00)
Total Distance: 
1.80 mi (2.90 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,560 ft (1,695 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
10 ft (3 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Cherry Creek State Park, tucked into the metro area southeast of downtown Denver, offers 4,000 acres of park and several miles of hiking trails around an 880 surface-acre reservoir less than a half-hour drive from downtown. The park sees annual visitation approaching 1.7 million, and with trails like the Wetland Loop, it’s easy to see why.

The Wetland Loop Trail Hike offers a thoroughfare through serene wetland and grassland that, despite their proximity to Denver, have the feel of a remote wilderness oasis. Traversing wooden-plank boardwalks through tall grasses, milkweed, poppy, thistle, and groves of cottonwood, the Wetland Loop Trail clocks in at a short 1.8 miles and with little to no elevation gain. Just one segment in a long trail network that spans Cherry Creek State Park’s acreage, it can be combined with other segments in the park to extend the hike. The trail is optimal for children and families seeking to add an activity to Cherry Creek State Park’s already diverse offerings. Keep an eye out for wetland wildlife, including the gray catbird.

The trail is just one of the many activities available at Cherry Creek State Park. Incorporate the hike into a day that includes the miniature hobbyist airfield at Suhaka Field or the shooting ranges at the Family Shooting Center, open water activities at Cherry Creek Reservoir, and camping at Cherry Creek State Park Campground.

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