Legacy Ridge Walk
Boundaries – 112th Avenue to the north, Federal Boulevard to the east, 104th Avenue to the south, and Sheridan Boulevard to the west
Map – Use this map to follow the directions below.
Distance – 2.74 miles (east loop); 2.41 miles (west loop)
Difficulty – easy
Parking – Park south of Legacy Ridge Parkway at Lowell Drive.
Description – These two walks take you up and around the rolling terrain of the Legacy Ridge subdivision. Each walk provides an intimate look at one of Westminster’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The walks also provide many wonderful views of the golf course, a park, open spaces and the mountains beyond.
The Legacy Ridge subdivision was a partnership between the City of Westminster and two landowners. In 1992, the city held a competition amongst Westminster property owners to build Westminster’s first city-owned golf course. The city offered to pay to construct a championship golf course if landowners would donate the needed 200-acre site to the city. Another requirement was for the city to be heavily involved in planning the site. The Legacy Ridge site was selected from among three proposals from landowners.
The Legacy Ridge community spreads over 700 acres of land between Zuni Street to Sheridan Boulevard. The site is built on a tall ridge up to 235 feet in elevation above the Big Dry Creek, which flows through the community. The west facing ridge provides stunning mountain views for visitors, residents and golfers. Over 72 acres of open space have been preserved at Savory Farm Open Space, Big Dry Creek Open Space, Margaret’s Pond Open Space, North Hyland Creek Open Space and North Cotton Creek Open Space within or abutting Legacy Ridge. The Legacy Ridge Golf Course Clubhouse is in the middle of the development and affords amazing mountain views and is open to the public. All of these factors combine to create a beautiful, highly desirable neighborhood. Enjoy your walk.
Legacy Ridge East Loop – 2.74 miles
- Park just south of Legacy Ridge Parkway on Lowell Drive. Cross Legacy Ridge Parkway and turn right (east) onto the sidewalk along the north side of Legacy Ridge Parkway. The scenic, tree-lined Farmers’ High Line Canal is on your left.
- Continue along the parkway past several large, one-of-a-kind custom homes on your left. Several large trees provide welcome shade. The road curves to the left and has a landscaped median in the middle.
- Cross over the cart tunnel for the golf course on a stone bridge and turn left (west) onto 110th Avenue. Stay on the north (right) side of the street. You will walk past a succession of spectacular custom homes on both sides of the street. Soon, the golf cart path (connecting golf holes 1 and 2) will cross the street. Veer to the right and down the hill to where 110th Avenue dead ends.
- Turn right (east) onto 111th Avenue and stay on the right side of the street. This pleasant street meanders past handsome homes and ends at a cul-de-sac. At the left (north) side of the cul-de-sac is a gravel path leading to the North Cotton Creek Open Space. Take a right (east) onto the main trail, which proceeds uphill past a cattail-lined creek and the Legacy Ridge Golf Course (hole 2) on the right (south).
- The trail dead ends at Legacy Ridge Parkway. Turn left (north). Go about 300 feet north and turn right (east) to cross Legacy Ridge Parkway onto 111th Drive. The attractive clubhouse for the Legacy Ridge East neighborhood is on the right.
- Continue along the south side of 111th Drive to 111th Place. Just before 111th Place is a pretty greenbelt on your right leading to the golf course.
- Turn right (south) in 111th Place, which loops up and to the left. Where 111th Place re-joins 111th Drive, cross the street and go right about 100 feet to an opening in the fence on the east side of 111th Drive.
- Go through the fence opening to the sidewalk along Federal Boulevard. Turn right and go up the hill and past the golf course on your right (east).
- The sidewalk will cross the Farmers’ High Line Canal. Just past the canal, veer right (west) and you are on the scenic Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail. This trail extends west for several miles from Standley Lake and west to E. B. Raines Park in Northglenn.
- Proceed along the trail which has large homes on the left and the densely vegetated canal on the right. Soon there is a clearing and you can see the golf course to the north. The views to the west are beautiful.
- The trail appears to dead end at Legacy Ridge Parkway, but it doesn’t. Turn left (south) along the parkway. For a while there are houses on both sides, but soon the trail passes through beautiful Windsor Park, which has tennis courts, large grassy areas, a volleyball court, a picnic shelter, basketball courts and playground. Soon you will be back to Lowell Drive and your car. Hope you enjoyed your walk.
Legacy Ridge West Loop – 2.41 miles
- Park your car south of Legacy Ridge Parkway on Lowell Drive.
- Cross Legacy Ridge Parkway and turn left (west) onto the wide sidewalk, which is a part of the beautiful Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail. The tree-lined canal is on your right. Be watchful for bikes which use this very popular trail.
- The sidewalk meanders through a lush greenbelt area next to the parkway. The golf course is on the right, but hard to see because of the underbrush lining the canal. After a little while, you will come to Stuart Street.
- Cross Stuart Street and immediately turn right (west). You will soon walk past the golf course. The views to the west across hole 17 are absolutely stunning, especially at sunset or early in the morning.
- You will walk downhill to the landscaped traffic circle and turn left onto 107th Drive. Stay on the south (left) side of the street. This sidewalk meanders past small parks and down the hill. Take time to appreciate the nice views ahead.
- Turn left onto Wolff Way and proceed up the hill on the left (east) side of the street past pretty homes with a lot of character.
- At the top of the hill, turn left (east) onto 106th Drive. Stay on the left (north) side of the street. This will take you past the golf course on both sides of the street. Look north across hole 16 to the magnificent homes lining the golf course. Soon 106th Drive dead ends.
- Cross the street and take the path straight ahead through the greenbelt. The trail slowly goes up the hill past several stately homes, before ending at the intersection of 105th Way and 105th Drive.
- Follow 105th Way half a block east back to Legacy Ridge Parkway. Cross the street and turn right (south). The attractive Legacy Ridge West Clubhouse will be on your left.
- Cross the canal and idyllic Margaret’s Pond Open Space is on your left. This area is very popular with professional photographers who take wedding, high school yearbook and family photos at this scenic spot. The wooden bridge with the creek flowing out of the pond is particularly appealing to photographers. Look for wildlife on the pond area including cormorants which roost in the solitary dead tree by Legacy Ridge Parkway.
- Just past the south end of the pond, turn left (east) off the concrete trail onto the grass, which soon becomes a trail covered with wood mulch. The trail becomes extremely scenic here as it winds along the edge of the tree-lined Farmers’ High Line Canal to your right. The golf course is on the other side of the canal. Be sure to pause here and turn north and west to take in the very beautiful pond and mountain views beyond. You will likely see geese and ducks on the pond, and perhaps a beaver or muskrat swimming across the water.
- Proceed along the trail past a magnificent huge cottonwood tree. Soon a great number of native shrubs will be on your left. Look for animal trails leading into this dense thicket! Look and listen for the birds, especially the red-winged black birds which nest in the nearby cattails.
- At the far east end of the lake, the main trail abruptly swerves left. Don’t go there. Instead, cross the faint path over the canal to the wide sidewalk to the north of the canal. Turn right (east) and follow the trail up the hill to where the sidewalk dead ends at 105th Place.
- Turn right (east) onto 105th Place and within 50 feet turn right again onto 105th Drive which proceeds easterly. Walk on the left (north) side of the street. Take time to admire the attractive homes.
- Continue east on 105th Drive past where the golf path crosses the street. The golf course will be on both sides of the street. Look south across the beautiful wetland. Soon you will come to the intersection of Lowell Court.
- Veer left and the road becomes Lowell Drive. Continue north a bit to Legacy Ridge Parkway where your car awaits. If you are in the mood, have some refreshments at the Legacy Ridge Clubhouse across the street and soak in the world class views from their elevated patio overlooking the golf course and a scenic pond.