Flying J Ranch hike (Shadow Pine Loop)

We will start hiking at 9:15

Rating: Easy

Elevation Gain: 300ft

Distance: 2.8 mi loop

The trail winds through a thick forest. It gains about 300 feet of elevation over the entire loop.

Experts think Native Americans migrated through here on the Ute Trail. Those same trails were likely used by early prospectors and homesteaders. During the Gold Rush, there was a toll road outside the park back at the intersection of Highway 73 and Barkley Road.

Two homesteaders settled here in the 1800s, but the family that made this area famous was the Schoonhovens. John and Marguerite Schoonhoven started a cattle ranch here in 1948 that they called the Flying J. Maybe because John was a pilot was United Airlines. John reportedly had a grass runway in the meadow you drive through to get to the trailhead.

Directions: Google 9509 County Highway 73, Evergreen CO 80439 or travel south from Evergreen on County Highway 73 approximately 6.8 miles to the main trailhead entry road. From C470 and US Highway 285, take Highway 285 south about 12.5 miles to Aspen Park. In Aspen Park, just past the pink bridge, exit to the right and quickly turn left on Barkley Road. Take Barkley Road to County Highway 73. Turn north and travel 0.6 miles to the signed turnoff for Flying J Ranch Park.



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  • Pam S.

    Liked the hike. Another nice Jeffco Park!

    September 6, 2013

  • Susan O.

    What a great hike today! So nice to meet Pam, Nikki, Ramona, Jill and Christy! I'm looking forward to meeting more of you soon!

    September 5, 2013

  • Aimee P.

    Was hoping to make this one, but I guess I still need another week to return to hiking after my injury. See you next time.

    September 5, 2013

  • Jen

    Considering I'm still up working (trying to finish so I can hike tomorrow!).. I'm now a maybe... I hope to make it. If I can't I'll change my RSVP by 8AM.

    September 4, 2013

  • Donna V

    I won't be able to make it tomorrow.

    September 4, 2013

    • Jill B

      Please change your rsvp :)

      September 4, 2013

  • Ramona

    Can't make it... Helping my sister move. Maybe next time

    September 4, 2013

  • Joyce

    Anyone interested in carpooling? Coming from C470 and Quebec.

    September 4, 2013

  • Nikki

    I'm new to the group. Is ok to bring my dog? She's a friendly lab.

    September 1, 2013

    • Jill B

      Yes tracy thats fine

      September 1, 2013

    • Jill B

      oops nikki

      September 2, 2013

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