U.S. 36 Trail
By the end of 2014, the U.S. 36 Trail will extend from 80th Avenue at U.S. 36 to 96th Street at U.S. 36, midway between Broomfield and Louisville. By the end of 2015, the trail will extend from 96th Street to Table Mesa Park-n-Ride in Boulder. The trail will be 12 feet wide and built from concrete the entire length. At 80th Avenue, the Bradburn Trail extends south to 72nd Avenue and connects with the Little Dry Creek Trail which connects to downtown Denver (via the Clear Creek Trail and South Platte River Trail). Here is a description of the U.S. 36 Trail within Westminster going from south to north.
80th Avenue to Sheridan Boulevard at 88th Avenue
This trail travels north from Turnpike Drive through the underpass under 80th Avenue and into Westminster Hills Park and the abutting Turnpike Open Space. The trail makes a sharp left turn to the west, crossing the parking lot for the park, and then veers northwesterly along tree-lined Allen Ditch. This historic ditch was originally constructed in 1884 to convey snow melt for agricultural irrigation purposes from the mountains to the arid eastern plains of Colorado. At the north end of the open space near U.S. 36, the trail connects back to Turnpike Drive in the Westminster Hills subdivision and follows this street west a bit before veering back to parallel U.S. 36, abutting the Turnpike Business Park. The trail crosses over Allen Ditch before intersecting Sheridan Boulevard at 88th Avenue.
Sheridan Boulevard at 88th Avenue to 104th Avenue
The trail crosses Sheridan Boulevard and quickly swings north along the former Benton Street alignment, just west of U.S. 36, next to the site of the former Westminster Mall (soon to be Westminster’s new downtown). The views across the site to the mountains are quite nice.
The trail travels under the U.S. 36 on-ramp and then under the 92nd Avenue bridge. The trail is close to U.S. 36, north of 92nd Avenue and soon intersects the city’s Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail before passing under the Westminster Boulevard Bridge. The trail then passes by a landscaped area and masonry wall abutting an apartment project before abruptly emerging onto the city’s Big Dry Creek Open Space.
The trail quickly moves away from U.S. 36 and onto the open space. The mountain views are beautiful as the trail proceeds north intersecting the Panorama Trail at two points. Soon the trail proceeds down a slope before intersecting the Big Dry Creek Trail. The U.S. 36 trail turns left following the Big Dry Creek Trail, then north along the Walnut Creek Trail before leaving that trail. The U.S. 36 trail then travels across city open space. The U.S. 36 Trail crosses Walnut Creek and climbs a steady grade before intersecting 104th Avenue.
104th Avenue to 112th Avenue
The trail crosses 104th Avenue using a traffic signal and proceeds north along the west side of U.S. 36. The trail abuts the Shops at Walnut Creek Shopping Center and crosses over the U.S. 36 underpass which connects the Shops at Walnut Creek to the Westminster Promenade. The trail passes by the bus boarding area for the Church Ranch Park-n-Ride. The trail also crosses over the BNSF Railroad which affords beautiful views to the west. Past the bridge, the trail veers away from U.S. 36 and onto the city’s Lower Church Lake Open Space. Note the scenic historic barn and silo to the west. After a gentle uphill climb, the trail passes into Broomfield and out of Westminster at 112th Avenue.
112th Avenue to Boulder
The segment of the trail between 112th Avenue and 88th Street in Superior will be open by the end of 2014. The segment from 88th Street to the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride in Boulder will be open in late 2015.