9 Creeks Loop Segment 6 Miles 25-30 Through the Outskirts of Denver

Trailhead: Eloise May Library (1471 S Parker Rd, Denver, CO 80231)

Trailend: Garland Park (6300 E Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80224)

Highlights: Windsor Gardens, Fairmount Cemetery

This segment took me through the middle of eastern Denver. Come along as I narrate 9 Creeks Loop Mile 25-30.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 26 Windsor Gardens

9creeks eatwalklearnIn no time, we came along the part of the High Line Canal Trail that goes behind Windsor Gardens. This active senior living community brought out many folks to the Loop, and although the average age of folks along the Loop increased, their abilities and enthusiasm for being out walking, riding, and connecting encouraged us along. My friend lives in Windsor Gardens, so I sent him a quick text, and he decided to join us at the pump house at Fairmount Cemetery. Thus, we continued along for about a half a mile to the pump house and waited for my friend to arrive.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 27 Fairmount Cemetery

9creeks eatwalklearnWhile awaiting my friend, we ventured around the pump house. Here, Denver Water services its most northern and largest customer, Fairmount Cemetery, from the High Line Canal. A pump house sits along the Canal and pipes water into the Cemetery, where beautiful landscaping and treescapes greet visitors. Several champion trees and one of the largest heritage rose collections in North America grow here. Reinhard Schuetze, father of Denver’s park design, designed this Cemetery. But not only are the buildings and landscaping awe-striking, so are many of the tombstones. While waiting for our friend, we took a short tour through the grounds and enjoyed many pieces of cemetery art.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 28 Crossing Mississippi

9creeks eatwalklearnOnce our friend arrived, we continued down the asphalt path until we came to the intersection of Parker and Mississippi. All of a sudden on this beautiful Sunday morning, it was like the convention came to town! Trying to cross this 3-way intersection required us to use a crosswalk that had a right-turning lane of one lane, stand in a small pie-shaped median, push a beg button to cross six lanes, wait while the median became jam-packed with walkers, dogs, bikes, and all sorts of amblers, cross the road in too-short of an allotted time, and safely arrive at the other side of Mississippi. Lucky for us, we made it, but I cannot imagine how this crossing would be during rush hour.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 29 Double-Wide and Happy

9creeks eatwalklearnShortly after crossing Mississippi, the Loop becomes a double-wide, where half of it is asphalt and the other half is pebble trail. Although there is no signage to suggest how to part the wheeled users from the pedestrians, the walkers took to the pebble trail and the bicyclists stayed on the asphalt. With the amount of multi-use traffic that traverses this area, it was nice to see the extra space and the self-guidance among the group. I then came across this wonderful family out for a stroll, and they were the perfect threesome to hand out some Wallaroo Hats.

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Although the Loop is straight as an arrow through here, we enjoyed spying large beautiful homes on our left and nicely appointed condos on our right. Eventually we came to Florida where we exited the Loop and took a left to the Eloise May Library. Did you enjoy the 9 Creeks Loop  Segment 6 Miles 25-30? Would you like to do segment 7?