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Park View Trail at Pine Valley Ranch

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  • Pine Valley Ranch Open Space Park

    30400 Crystal Lake Road, Pine, CO (map)

    39.409283 -105.346169

  • This should make a nice evening hike. We should be able to complete it in 2 hours with a moderate pace.
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 3 Mile loop



    ***Meet at the trailhead at 6:30 pm**************

    (Approximate drive time from south Denver area is about 1-1:15 hours depending on traffic and route)

    Pictures and Information:

    Park View:

    Pine Valley Ranch (a Jefferson County Open Space Park) was once a working Ranch in the early 1900’s along the Platte River and the railroad. The park now includes hiking trails, a lake for fishing, picnic pavilions, miles of mountain biking trails, the old lodge, and an observatory.

    The Park View Trail is a shady, uphill climb to a lookout point where you will be able to see the beautiful surroundings of the valley. You will start by hiking around part of Pine Lake and then up the side of the mountain through the pine trees. From the trail you will catch glimpses of the lake, the surrounding hills, as well as the rushing Platte River below. The trail is well-traveled and well-maintained with wooden stairs and railings to make the terrain easier to hike.

    The trail moves out of the park along the Strawberry Jack portion and then back into the park on Buck Gulch portion. This area is a beautiful hike through pine forest and down to the lake. The walk along the lake is a pleasant section to end your hike.

    This is a huge park and it accommodates many visitors. It is not a low traffic area as you will notice when you arrive in the parking lot. Visit early on a weekend or on a weekday to avoid the crowds. It is a great place to have a cookout.  Restrooms available at the parking/picnic area.
    Picnic spot recommendations:
    We like to pack our food and head up the trail to eat at the lookout of Park View Trail. If you prefer, there are a lot picnic tables near the river with grills if you like to cookout.

    *I am new to the area so I am including as much information as I can but, this looks like we can figure it out ;)

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    30400 Crystal Lake Rd., Pine
    From U.S. Highway 285, turn south on Pine Valley Road (County Road 126) to Crystal Lake Road. Turn right 1 mile into the park.

    Car Pooling is encouraged, please remember cash for your drivers gas/mileage. If you are interested please post in RSVP. Also, if anyone is up for a stop afterward and has suggestions-please post. Thank you!

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  • Alyssa aka ".

    Sorry to do this, but it looks like we need to cancel the hike tonight as almost everyone is not able to make it. No worries! Hope to meet you all the next time:)

    June 5, 2013

  • Sherry

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. I was injured at work today..

    June 5, 2013

  • Alyssa aka ".

    Hi everyone! We are still on for the hike tonight. If anyone wants to carpool feel free to send me an email. See you all soon!

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    something came up... enjoy... hope to see you at next week's hike

    June 4, 2013

  • Katie Z.

    Had a work thing come up. Have fun!

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there an entrance fee for the park?

    June 3, 2013

    • "Mickey"

      Bridgett, I spoke with the park directly and was told there is no fee to use the Jefferson Open Space Parks, thanks for inquiring.

      June 3, 2013

  • Russ

    I have my boys that night...

    June 2, 2013

  • Sherry

    Will this hike be able to be completed before dark? Or should we bring flashlights/headlamps...?

    May 31, 2013

    • "Mickey"

      Sherry, I hope to be completed before dark however, it does not hurt to bring a light if you have one-great suggestion!

      June 1, 2013

  • Steve

    Sorry, I won't be able to get out of work in time to make.

    May 29, 2013

  • Gladys

    I'm sorry to miss it!

    May 28, 2013

  • Joe L.

    too far of a drive from Ft Collins for a weeknight hike...

    May 21, 2013

  • "Mickey"

    3 Margaritas Xxiii Inc
    10903 U.S. 285 E204,
    Conifer, CO
    Conifer Village Center
    (303)[masked] () ‎

    May 19, 2013

  • "Mickey"

    Suggested Post Hike Places:

    Doghouse Tavern
    3100 S Sheridan Blvd
    Denver, Co 80227 [masked]

    Sit N Bull Saloon
    5450 Parmalee Gulch Road
    Indian Hills, CO 80454

    Brooks Place Tavern
    27175 Main Street #100
    Conifer, CO 80433
    ‎(303)[masked] Please suggest one of your own or share any thoughts you have on these.

    May 19, 2013


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