Farmers' High Line Canal Trail
The Farmers' High Line Canal was originally built in the 1860s by the Arapahoe Ditch Company from Clear Creek to Van Bibber Creek in what is now Arvada. The remaining segments to the east were built in subsequent years by the Golden City and Arapahoe Ditch Company. It is one of Westminster's signature trails as it winds from near Standley Lake east to Northglenn's EB Raines Park (10.3 mi/16.5 km) and beyond into Thornton. The trail is scenic as it meanders through a variety of parks and open space property, in many places shaded by ancient cottonwood trees. Here are the major trail segments, going from east to west.
Charts showing the distance between major landmarks on the trail are available for download in either miles or kilometers.
Photo: Courtesy Mike Smith
East city boundary to Legacy Ridge Parkway at 109th Circle (2.1 mi/3.4 km). Park along Alcott Street at about 110th Avenue near the trail crossing. East leads to Northglenn's large open space area. Go west on the concrete trail past homes in the Cedarbridge Subdivision. Soon the Mushroom Pond Trail to the left leads to Foxshire Park and right to the Mushroom Farm Pond. The water tower (a Westminster-designated historic landmark) in the distance is a remnant of the Savery Mushroom Farm and "company town," home of the largest mushroom farm west of the Mississippi River at one time. Just past the pond is the Legacy Ridge Golf Course. Cross under Federal Boulevard and continue along the tree-lined canal to Legacy Ridge Parkway.
Legacy Ridge Parkway at 107th Circle to 104th Avenue/Hylands Creek underpass (1 mi/1.6 km). Go left along Legacy Ridge Parkway and cross the parkway at Lowell Drive by the golf course clubhouse. Follow the wide, winding trail along the parkway to 104th Avenue. Just before 104th Avenue, on the left, is the idyllic Margaret's Pond Open Space. Go right (west) on the north side of 104th Avenue, passing by Legacy Ridge Hole No. 13 and the 104th Avenue underpass leading south to the Hyland Greens subdivision. Go straight along 104th Avenue and North Hylands Creek. Note the fantastic views! Use the pedestrian underpass at Sheridan Boulevard and continue along 104th Avenue about half a mile to the pedestrian underpass under 104th. City Park and the Christopher Fields Softball Complex are to the right.
104th Avenue/Hylands Creek underpass to Wadsworth Parkway (3.1 mi/4.9 km). Go under 104th Avenue then west a short distance to the trail extending through the Hyland Ponds Open Space. The trail passes by the two pastoral Hyland Ponds before heading west to Westminster Boulevard. Go south on the Westminster Boulevard sidewalk to the pedestrian underpass just past the U.S. 36 bridge. The trail enters a heavily vegetated, shady stretch between the Farmers' High Line Canal and the long-abandoned Niver Canal through the Trendwood subdivision.
Cross Pierce Street into another leafy area and past the historic Charles and Julia Semper Farm, one of the last remnants of the late-1800s hamlet called Semper. At 92nd Avenue, go west along 92nd Avenue to the west side of Wadsworth Parkway.
Wadsworth Parkway to Standley Lake (1.5 mi/2.4 km).
Go south a short distance to the trail on the right that follows the canal. The trail crosses Yarrow Street and then passes the beautiful resident flower gardens of the Covenant Village retirement development before reaching a "T" intersection. Go right to join the Niver Canal Trail
. Stay left to continue on the Farmers' High Line Canal Trail, which now heads south past 90th Avenue for a short stretch before heading east along the canal. Past Dover Square Park
, the trail passes through Kings Mill Park
and shady Somerset Park
before crossing Independence Street and ending at the eastern edge of Standley Lake Regional Park
. A future project will extend the Farmers' High Line Canal Trail to the Standley Lake Regional Park system.