This trail will eventually extend from Huron Street at 150th Avenue to the underpass under I-25 at about 119th Avenue, a distance of about 5 miles. The trail will provide access to many existing and planned business areas within the I-25 corridor and passes through several open space and park areas. Pedestrian trail underpasses for the I-25 trail at Huron Street, 144th Avenue, 136th Avenue, and 128th Avenue provide safe passage under these busy roads.
Beginning at 150th Avenue/Huron Street, the concrete trail is built through the Shay Ditch Open Space along the north side of the Orchard Town Center development. Native landscaping enhances the visual character of this open space. Where the open space widens out, a secondary concrete trail encircles the detention pond providing an attractive trail loop opportunity around this attractive wetland area. A moose was spotted here in 2013!
The trail passes out of city open space near I-25 and turns south along the easterly edge of the Orchard Town Center. The trail goes under 136th Avenue via a shared trail/vehicular underpass. South of 136th Avenue, the trail hugs the I-25 right-of-way on the east side of the St. Anthony’s North Medical Complex to where the trail temporarily ends at about 142nd Avenue.
There is a missing trail link between 142nd Avenue and about 140th Avenue where the trail resumes. This trail segment will be built at the time that the development occurs on this vacant parcel. The I-25 trail south of 140th Avenue is located along the western side of a large city-owned regional detention pond, which serves this area. South of the pond, the trail crosses a bridge over a drainage area and proceeds south along the east side of Lowes where the trail goes under 136th Avenue.
The trail south of 136th Avenue is located within the landscaped area and abutting the storm water detention pond on the east side of the Walmart site. South of Walmart, the trail enters city-owned property and descends into the Big Dry Creek valley. The trail soon intersects the Quail Creek Trail and quickly joins the Big Dry Creek Trail before veering to the south and up the hill. The trail currently ends at the southern boundary of the city-owned land. A development proposal currently under review, if approved, will result in the construction of the trail south along Tanglewood Creek to the existing 128th Avenue trail underpass.
South of 128th Avenue and north of 123rd Avenue, the trail meanders across the Tanglewood Creek Open Space. This open space protects wetlands and wooded areas along the creek and an abandoned former reservoir site. This open space attracts wildlife including coyotes, fox and the occasional deer and mountain lion. Just south of 124th Avenue, the trail passes through Willowbrook Park which has a playground, ample grass and picnic facilities. There is a gravel trail through the open space to the east of the park, which crosses Tanglewood Creek and affords some nice mountain views.
South of 123rd Avenue, the trail follows a rebuilt portion of Tanglewood Creek which resembles a mountain creek complete with large boulders and small water falls. The trail passes along the east side of tranquil city-owned Timberlake, which attracts water fowl. There is a trail that encircles the lake.
The trail comes to a “T” intersection at 121st Avenue. Cross 121st Avenue and go right (west) along the south side of 121st Avenue to Huron Street, passing by motels and offices. Turn left (south) at Huron Street passing by the historic city-owned Wesley Chapel pioneer cemetery. There is a gate in the chain link fence along 121st Avenue that allows public access into the cemetery. The city’s website provides historical data about the cemetery including histories of each person buried here.
Cross 120th Avenue and proceed south along the east side of Huron Street to where a sidewalk on the left leads to the east at the south edge of the Wagon Road Park-N-Ride. Go left. The trail follows the southern edge of the Park-N-Ride before passing into Northglenn just east of the pedestrian/bike I-25 underpass.
This trail connects to Northglenn’s EB Raines Park and the popular Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail where you can use that trail to go south and west eventually leading you back to Westminster!