Upper Cheesman Canyon Trail is not far from Denver CO but feels miles away! Cheesman Reservoir sparkles in the bright sun as bare terrain mixed with pines line the trail. The higher you hike the more the views that sweep across the waters.
Ends at the South Platte River, the highlight of the hike!
UPPER CHEESMAN CANYON TRAILHEAD
Upper Cheesman Trail had us startled from the start. So much more than we expected from beginning to end on this hike. The trailhead began with a short but steady incline up forested switchbacks until leveling off high above Cheesman Reservoir.
PANORAMA OF CHEESMAN RESERVOIR COMMANDS YOUR ATTENTION!
Here the views simply command your attention. A panorama of snow-capped peaks fills the skyline with sweeping views of Cheesman Reservoir.
Easy hiking for a while among a semi-barren terrain. Not a lot of trees for shade. I can feel the sun beating down on us in early April. It’s joy after a season of snow! It’s officially springtime in Colorado, I saw my first wildflower of the season, the Crocus.
More surprises as we pass the dam and hear rushing water heading down the South Platte River. From here begins a steady downhill climb on rock steps, loose rocks, and switchbacks. Adds a little adventure and anticipation of reaching the river.
The hike ends at the South Platte River for Upper Cheesman Canyon. Reaching here was the highlight of this entire trail! Giant boulders and tall pines nestled in the deep canyon were spellbinding.
You could stay here for hours. If you love fly fishing this is the spot! Grab your pole & Colorado fishing license. Bring a lunch and hang out for a bit. Enjoyed this hike for a comfortable, easy day out. You will too.
Things to note: Crowded area with its proximity to Denver. Can be 90 degrees + in summer. There is little shade. Bring extra water for you and your pup.
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4.2 miles out & back
938 elevation gain
Dogs ok on leash
Near Deckers, CO
No bikes, horses
Ends South Platte River
Popular for fly fishing
Can't wait to see you on the trail!
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