High Line Canal, Denver

Directions: From Hampden Avenue, go south on Colorado Boulevard about .75 mile to a small parking area along the east (left) side of the road. Take the trail eastward.

Trail Information: This section of the High Line canal takes you through the back yards of Cherry Hills Village, the most exclusive residential area in Denver. Not only do you get a peak at the lifestyles of the rich and famous, you get to see the gorgeous mountain views they enjoy from their verandas. They also are privy to some of the best urban open space available, including a wildlife refuge, riparian habitat and horse-jumping areas. The track is wide, well-maintained hard-pack crushed gravel. All crossings of major roads are underground; some surface crossing of small neighborhood streets.

Miscellaneous: The High Line Canal winds all through Denver, an irrigation canal built nearly 100 years ago for Front Range farmers. It offers lots of interesting segments. Some parts of the trail are crushed gravel and some paved asphalt. Most of it is tree-lined, although the further east you go, the less aesthetically pleasing it is. Because of its serpentine nature, it is within running distance of many homes and businesses. I can choose between a morning run near my home or a lunchtime run on a different segment near my office. The trail also connects with many other metro area trails, such as the Cherry Creek and Platte River trails.

Steve Krizman