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New Meetup: Dayhike Hildebrand Ranch Park

From: Scott
Sent on: Saturday, April 3, 2010 3:10 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Weekend Hikers...Plus!

What: Dayhike Hildebrand Ranch Park

When: Wednesday, April 7,[masked]:00 AM

Jefferson County Open Space
700 Jefferson County Pkwy.
Golden, CO 80401

The address is that of the Jeffco Openspace Office. It is not the location of the trailhead.

This is a new Open Space Park. We have not hiked this park before. This will be a five mile loop with little elevation gain. We plan to start this hike at 11:00am.

In 1866 Frank Hildebrand settled in Deer Creek. Although records about Hildebrand's acquisition of the land are somewhat contradictory, the ownership was undisputed. Grazing cattle was the predominant activity, but some crops provided winter feed. In 1950 a plan was authorized for a flood-control reservoir in southern Jefferson County to protect Denver, but funds were not appropriated. In 1965, torrential rains on upper Plum Creek brought massive flooding along the South Platte River, killing 13 and leaving millions of dollars in damage. In 1971, the U.S. Secretary of the Army condemned over 300 acres of the Hildebrand Ranch for Chatfield Reservoir. In 2001, Jefferson County acquired the remaining 1,450 acres of the Hildebrand family holdings for the park.

Getting There
Hildebrand Ranch Park is located south of Deer Creek Canyon Road and west of South Platte Canyon Road, adjacent to Chatfield State Park. The newly completed trailhead is accessible from Deer Creek Canyon Road approximately 1.3 miles west of Wadsworth Boulevard. Note that the parking area has a one way traffic flow and that parking is for park visitors only .

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