Hiking 9 Creeks Loop: Segment 8, Miles 35-42 – Coming to the End

9 Creeks Loop Segment 8 Miles 35-42 The Finale!

Trailhead: Sunken Gardens Park 1099 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204

Trailend: Globeville Landing (corner of 38th St and Arkins Ct, Denver)

Highlights: Art along Cherry Creek, Confluence Park, Cuernavaca Park

I’m melting. After reaching the Platte River from the Cherry Creek Trail, excitement built to do 9 Creeks Loop Segment 8 Miles 35-42. So rather than wait until the evening, I set out in mid-afternoon to walk another 5 miles or so. But at 98 degrees with not a breath of a breeze in sight, I only made it 2 miles! I came back the next day to finish the rest.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 35.5 4-Mile House

9creeks eatwalklearnTime struck 8:00 and people began appearing along sandbars, sitting themselves for pending fireworks shows. We decided to continue the walk just a bit further to reach 4-Mile Park along 9 Creeks Loop Segment 8 Miles 35-40 to watch the fireworks instead of exiting at Garland Park. But right before quitting for the evening, we stumbled upon a fabulous free, free-standing, repair kit for bikes available for anyone to use. Ingenious!

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 35.4 Leaving 4-Mile House

9creeks eatwalklearnI returned the next day, parked at the 4 Mile Historic House and set out along the Cherry Creek Trail at about mile 6. This trail, named after the chokecherry bushes that graced its banks, has rich Arapahoe history as well. Rush hour greeted me with bike after bike of commuters zooming by. Loaded with panniers and commuting gear, these bikers had no time to say hello much less offer a smile. I stayed as far to the right of the concrete trail, praying I didn’t get yelled at to get off the Trail.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 36.5 City of Takayama Park

9creeks eatwalklearnI settled into a rhythm and realized that the bikers weren’t out to get me. The Creek remained on my left while multi-floor business buildings decorated the road to the right. Smaller parks sneaked their way in between the buildings, offering some respite and bathrooms. Soon, high-rise residences began to appear, and I stumbled upon the City of Takayama Park, a Denver sister city.

9creeks eatwalklearnThe City of Takayama Park, the second park in Denver’s Sister Cities program, honors the beauty and relationship between the two cities which share commonalities in mountains, rivers, hot springs and industry. The park houses beautiful bonsai trees and respite from the business of the Cherry Creek Trail.  After reading a bit about the Park, I moved along.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 37 The City of Karmiel Park

9creeks eatwalklearnAfter learning a bit about Japan, I came across the next Denver Sister City, The City of Karmiel Park. Sharing a love for community, these two cities have developed their relationship through live readings about the Holocaust, sharing textbooks and musical instruments, and inviting students to visit. This 4th Sister City continues to bring love and kindness through a variety of global events each year.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 38 Avoiding Cherry Creek Mall

9creeks eatwalklearnNot long, I came across the Cherry Creek Mall. Denver’s posh shopping district attracts regionally from around the west. The Trail actually diverts from the Mall and goes across the Creek through some wonderful views. It seems that bikers take this Trail and walkers stay up along the Mall. But the Trail officially goes across the Creek, so this is the path I took.

9creeks eatwalklearnSome of the prettiest views yet along the Loop offered themselves up, but I was also chastened by a biker that the area was dangerous for pedestrians, despite a sign upon entry to the area that said, “Bikers yield to pedestrians.” I even came to a very dangerous corner with mirrors to allow blind spot views where bikers slowed to almost a crawl. Getting around the corner warmed me up for the next hazardous mile along 1st Ave.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 39 1st Ave

9creeks eatwalklearnCrim-i-ny as they say in Australia, I wouldn’t want to repeat walking on 1st Ave again. An 8-ft wide, cement path abuts 1st Ave with a small 2-ft wide shoulder to spare. On the left is a solid brick wall shielding golfers from the noise and pollution. Biking commuters speed by yelling “on your left” while avoiding on-coming bikers. Throw in runners and walkers, and we’re all playing a game of footed roulette. My pace must have quickened to a good 3.5 miles per hour as I rushed myself through this shoot of craziness. Finally, the Trail scooted under Speer Avenue along the Creek. Hey Denver Country Club, how about a little safety space?

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 39 On the Creek Again

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Escaping 1st Avenue put me back into a better mood and getting back down onto the Creek refreshed me. Once again the Trail abutted the Creek, but now it sat lower than the street and cement walled in the Trail. Although cyclists still populated in great numbers, with the evening getting later, more folks walked with their dogs for their evening strolls.

9creeks eatwalklearnEventually I came across one of Denver’s best kept secrets, it’s public art fund. This fund sets aside 1% of $1 million capital projects within the City for public art. Part of those funds go for street art.

9creeks eatwalklearnFinally, the cement walls became canvasses for global street artists to share their craft. While the sun lowered itself, the light changed and the art beamed. Within just a few hundred yards I got to enjoy 3 or 4 pieces of world class street art, which motivated me to finish the Cherry Creek Trail.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 40 Arriving at Confluence Park

9creeks eatwalklearnJust past the appearance of the public art, the Trail splits into two. Pedestrians stay to the right and bikers go to the left. For the first time that day, I finally relaxed on the Loop and didn’t worry about constantly being to the right of the Trail to make passing easier for the cyclists. Several couples out for the evening said hello and chatted me up for a bit as I ventured to Confluence Park.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 40.5 Confluence Park

9creeks eatwalklearnAt the intersection of Cherry Creek and Platte River sits Confluence Park. Overlooked by REI to the west, apartments to the Northeast, and a park to the Southeast, this mecca of activity draws water lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and sun bathers from around the region. Kayaks, tubers, sand castle builders and coffee drinkers mingle here enjoying the exciting rapids and confluence of these two water bodies. On the cement walls bordering the water, artists have painted their best pieces.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 41 A New Creek, a New Trail

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Confluence Park tops my Denver list as a favorite place in Denver. With the changing water flow, the craziness of people enjoying it, and the amazing art that surrounds it, I have to say I was a bit sad to move north out of the Park.

9creeks eatwalkearn But the fact that I had picked up a new creek and was on a new trail, thrilled me, and I moved along on the concrete path on the west side of South Platte River.

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9creeks eatwalklearnThe South Platte River eventually flows to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi by way of Nebraska. Its history roots in the Colorado gold rush, and it owns the birth of Denver along its banks. Like many rivers that flow through cities, it’s been through its need for respect, from a place to dump trash, chemicals and waste, to a place that residents love, fish, and boat. Known for its Brown and Rainbow Trout, the River hosts many events, people, and games throughout the year. Walking along the Platte always brings forth a variety of people and views.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 42 The Banks of the South Platte

9creeks eatwalklearnThe Platte River Trail, a concrete path of 8 feet wide, follows the west side of the River for a short while and then crosses over to the East. Although people still use the Platte to commute, it’s not nearly as many as the Cherry Creek Trail. The Platte is also a corridor for historical wayfarers and new wayfarers a like. Jack Kerouac used the trail to journey from the Denargo Fruit Market to downtown to meet up with his buddies Neal Cassady and Alan Ginsberg. Currently, many of Denver’s homeless and listless hang along the Platte, spending their days and awaiting their next moves. Like elsewhere along the Loop, I never worried about my safety, and I continued along the Trail saying appropriate hellos.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 42 Enjoying Cuernavaca Park

9creeks eatwalklearnHeading past the wonderful Cuernavaca Park, which highlights the history of Denver’s sports teams and its flour mills, I moved along the River, trying to catch a breeze to cool off. I knew the end of the trail was near.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 42.3 Approaching Globeville

As the Loop came to its end where I had started, I officially counted the last body of water, the Platte River while I passed a few folks experiencing homelessness. We said our hellos as I said good bye to the 9 Creeks Loop. Read my final thoughts about the 9 Creeks. What did you enjoy about the 9 Creeks Loop Segment 8 Miles 35-42? Too long?


Hiking 9 Creeks Loop: Segment 7, Miles 30-35 – Hello Cherry Creek

9 Creeks Loop Segment 7 Miles 30-35 New Trail, New Creeks

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

Trailend: Sunken Gardens Park (1099 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204)

Highlights: Cherry Creek, 4-mile House, Goldsmith Gulch

After enjoying a wonderful 4th of July with my family, I decided it’d be fun to walk the 9 Creeks Loop Segment 7 Miles 30-35 as the fireworks approached. I figured I could walk another five miles before the evening festivities while also digesting some homemade, Bing cherry ice cream. My husband said he could amble for a few miles as well, and my friend Dawn decided to join our jaunt. Thus, we returned back to the Eloise May Library off Florida and then down to Iliff where the High Line Canal Trail tunnels under on its way to Cherry Creek Trail.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 30 Cherry Creek Golf Course

9creeks eatwalklearnWe set out in 89 degrees and quickly came upon the Cherry Creek Country Club Golf course. The asphalt trail parallels the golf course with nice vistas of giant houses to our right and nicely appointed apartments to our left. No one golfed on the course–we figured it might be closed for the holiday. Several folks greeted us along the way, including dog walking couples, training marathoners and competitive bike riders. The population definitely changed once we traversed Iliff, with folks being much more serious about their exercise.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 31 Approaching Cherry Creek Trail

9creeks eatwalklearnTo our surprise, all of a sudden, we ambled upon the Cherry Creek Trail. Our first hint was the large, odd, cement structure on our left. After investigation, we determined that the High Line Canal diverted through this structure under the Cherry Creek to the south. Right past the structure, the Cherry Creek offered up a cool respite of flowing water, trees, and even a bench. Signage directed us south on the High Line Canal Trail or west to the Cherry Creek North Trail. Excited to leave the High Line and enjoy a new Trail, we headed to the right, picking up the 6th of our creeks, the Cherry Creek.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 31 Continuing along Cherry Creek Golf Course

9creeks eatwalklearnImmediately the Cherry Creek’s atmosphere changed. Where the High Line sported casual walkers and evening strollers, the Cherry Creek became a race way. Anything that was moving was moving quickly. We heard “on your left” repeatedly and aggressively as we moseyed along. Since we were three folks, we turned ourselves into a single file in order to keep from being run over by cyclists. At times, we even exited the concrete path and used the goat trails on either side of the path. Despite the speed of the Cherry Creek’s travelers, we continued along at our 3 miles per hour, marveling at the giant size of the homes along the golf course across the creek to the north.

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9creeks eatwalklearn9 Creek Loop Mile 33 Under Iliff Again

9creeks eatwalklearnAs we left Cherry Creek Golf Course, we crossed over the creek, where we stopped and watched a family of baby ducks learn to navigate a small waterfall. Laughing that all the folks rushing by us were missing such a treat, we continued on. Shortly, the feeling of the Loop changed again. No longer surrounded by posh golf course living, a barbed wire fence bordered the Loop, which was soon replaced with a chain linked fence. To our distance on the right we could see building materials across from the hidden creek.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 34 Industrial Cherry Creek

9creeks eatwalklearnAlthough folks continued to speed by, we enjoyed the views along the creek. To our left, businesses and industrial buildings replaced residences. A strong smell wafted up our noses signifying some type of waste processing on our left. Luckily though, the smell permeated for only a block or so, and we were back to enjoying the sight lines down the creek. Several ravines cut deeply, signifying recent flooding.

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9 Creek Loop Mile 35 An Unexpected Creek

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While wondering through the industrial area of mile 34, we all giggled about how we had no idea where we were. While driving, we would easily be able to locate ourselves, but while meandering along the Loop, we were virtually lost….and enjoying every bit of it. While talking about how many creeks we had passed, at this point 6, we found ourselves on a bridge crossing a waterway. To our left, we could see a new creek joining the Cherry Creek! After some googling and a bit of research when I got home, I discovered an uncounted creek on our 9 Creeks Loop, the Goldsmith Gulch (whose creek is also known as Goldsmith Gulch.) Bravo! Should I remain the 9 Creeks Loop to the 10 Creeks Loop?

We jumped up to the street level to find Garland Park for our exit from segment 7 Miles 30-35 of the 9 Creeks Loop, ready to return the next day for segment 8.

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Hiking 9 Creeks Loop: Segment 6, Miles 25-30 – The Outskirts of Denver

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?


Hiking 9 Creeks Loop: Segment 5, Miles 20-25 – Turning West to Denver

9 Creeks Loop Mile Segment 5 20-25 Turning West to Denver

Trailhead: Del Mar Elwood Park (12000 E 6th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010)

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

Highlights: Aurora Government Center, Expo Park

I am walking the 9 Creeks Loop which circles Denver for 42 miles. Still along the High Line Canal, 9 Creeks Loop Miles 20-25 leave Aurora’s Government Center and heads west toward Denver. For the first time, I have mountains in my view!

9 Creeks Loop Mile 20 Aurora Town Center

9creeks eatwalklearnI left Aurora Government Center on Alameda, and lucky for me, my friend and her 11-year old daughter joined me.  We jumped on the High Line Canal Trail at mile marker 54 which would be mile 20 of the 9 Creeks Loop and headed west. In just a short distance, we crossed over Sable Ave, which was poorly marked for cars looking for pedestrians. We braved the crossing and continued west. To our south sat the Aurora Town Center which hosts a Target and many shops, restaurants and vendors.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 21 Crossing I-225

9creeks eatwalklearnThe Loop continues west under Interstate 225. Interstate 225 is a bypass in Denver connecting I-25 to I-70 on Denver’s east side through Aurora. Our goal was to get under it. Here at the intersection of Ellsworth and 2nd Ave is a new light rail station. Follow the sidewalk through the pedestrian crossing gates to safely cross under I-225, and continue westerly.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 22 Enjoying the Neighbors

9creeks eatwalklearnAs we continued west, houses stayed on our north and a golf course appeared on our south. Many duffers were out enjoying the nice summer air. Several of the homes on the north side of the Loop connected their yards to the Trail, doing nice landscaping and walkways to their backyard fences. I enjoyed seeing this connection, as it shows that these homeowners value their proximity to the Trail and feel ownership to it–a nice treat.

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9 Creeks Loop Mile 23 Approaching Expo Park

9creeks eatwalklearnIn no time, we arrived at Expo Park. Sadly, we ignored the very obvious historic High Line Canal sign and fell for a City of Aurora sign that pointed the Trail to the left. We journeyed down through Expo Park and realized a couple of miles in that we had jumped to the Westerly Creek Trail. I backtracked to Expo Park and continued southwesterly past Windsor Gardens.

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Follow the High Line Sign at Mile 23

I returned back to where I had gone wrong, jumping back onto the High Line Canal Trail, instead of the Westerly Creek.

9creeks eatwalklearn At Alameda into the entry to Expo Park, there is an historic sign for the High Line Canal and then a small sign from the City of Aurora that says “Trail” with an arrow. The “Trail” sign goes to the Westerly Creek Trail through Expo Park. The High Line Canal Trail is the pebble trail on the right which parallels the Westerly Creek and then veers off to the right, west. That’s the one to take.

Mile 24 Moving Along Expo Park

9creeks eatwalklearnThus, I finally found myself back on the correct trail, and this time my husband decided to join me. Pretty soon, the pebble trail continued along to High Line Canal Mile Marker 50, which for the 9 Creeks Loop would be mile 24. Back in the right place, our gait moved along at about 3 miles per hour with many more trail users than I’d had in the past. Now, bikers and walkers passed by frequently, and all were friendly with healthy, “Good mornings!” For this segment, I picked a morning block of time on the weekend, and it certainly made folks appear much more abundantly.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 25, Hello Denver

9creeks eatwalklearnWe crossed into Denver by crossing Havana. The Loop moves westerly for quite some time, and we enjoyed viewing mountains in the distance. Bicyclists popped up everywhere, and the signage became very attuned to the new population mix. No longer were horses allowed, and signs declaring the bicyclists should yield to pedestrians appeared often.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 25, Lush Vegetation and Trees

9creeks eatwalklearnWe continued along the Loop which turned from pebble to asphalt to concrete. As the Loop became more populous, so did the vegetation. Soon beautiful varieties of trees shaded us as we ambled along, and we could certainly see that water must have flown through the Canal much more recently, as vegetation was lush and fruiting. Trash cans served the users of the Loop as well. Again, we noticed that the residents along the Loop landscaped the space between the Loop and their backyard fences, showing a sense of pride and ownership with the Loop.

We jumped off the trail here at Del Mar Park, which has nice clean bathrooms in the summer and porta-potties in the winter. It’s a great place to meet your family for a barbecue or game of ball.

What did you like most about segment 5 of the 9 Creek Loop? Are you ready for segment 6?


Hiking 9 Creeks Loop: Segment 4, Miles 10-15 – Meandering through Aurora

9 Creeks Loop Mile 9-14 Meandering through Aurora

Trailhead: Hinkley High School (1250 Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80011)

Trailend: Del Mar Elwood Park (12000 E 6th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010)

Highlights: DeLaney Farms

I am walking the 9 Creeks Loop, which circles Denver for 42 miles. Segment 3 of the 9 Creeks Loop at mile 9-14 begins at Colfax Ave, travels through DeLaney Farms and finishes at the Aurora Government Center. Variety plays in this segment of the 9 Creeks Loop, including picking up 2 of our 9 Creeks. Here’s the narration, mile by mile.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 9 Crossing Colfax

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After ambling through Norfolk Glen, the Trail abruptly dumps you onto a poor crossing on Colfax just east of Laredo. This is where I picked up the 9 Creeks Loop again on the High Line Canal. Still on cement, the Trail works it way through apartments and becomes a thoroughfare for walkers doing errands to different ethnic stores and retailers.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 10 Rural Aurora

9creeks eatwalklearnThe City of Aurora, one of the fastest growing cities in Colorado, was once named Fletcher after the original founder, Donald Fletcher. He garnered the water rights for the town and began building a subdivision full of what was known as “Fletcher homes.” You can still find a few Fletcher homes north of Colfax between Havana and Peoria. But when the silver bust broke up Denver and its environs, Fletcher fled with his water rights. The remaining citizens renamed the town, Aurora. Fortunately for them, the High Line Canal was being built, and it brought water out to the farms and agricultural all the way east of Denver here in Aurora.

9creeks eatwalklearnThus, when walking in Aurora, you’ll often stumble upon unexpected farms and ranches squeezed in between new residences. In this mile along the High Line Canal, I found goat, sheep and chicken farms. It was fun to discover a remote control track called, “Bang Town” in someone’s backyard across from the sheep farm.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 10 Getting to Know Aurora

9creeks eatwalklearnMoving along and past the farms, the trail continues behind Hinkley High School. Hinkely has one of the few public school pools and a wonderful football/track field. On the other side of the Canal, the fields continue, including soccer and baseball fields. All along the Trail, I saw folks playing soccer, paying homage to the wide variety of international influences on Aurora. If you’re in town during the Aurora Global Fest, be sure to attend and witness the parade of nations, taste dozens of different foods, and mingle with Aurora’s global citizens.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 11 Eating Tacos!

9creeks eatwalklearnThe Trail comes out from behind homes and begins to parallel Chambers Ave. Fortunately for me, my favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant is on the corner of 6th and Chambers. Tacos Selene feeds you street tacos of carnitas, pollo, carne or my favorite, vegetarian sopes, for next to nothing. I had to stop and get myself a couple of sopes to sustain myself for the remainder of my walk.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 12 Community College of Aurora

9creeks eatwalklearnAfter a fulfilling dinner at Tacos Selene, I continued south along the High Line Canal and quickly came to DeLaney Farms on my right and Community College of Aurora on my left. The College anchors along the Canal, and I could see students breaking from class near the college’s Observatory. The Observatory is open to the public on certain nights, so be sure to check their schedule if there’s a particular celestial event happening you want to see.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 13 DeLaney Farms

9creeks eatwalklearnAfter passing the College, I set my sites on observing the wonderful DeLaney Farms. Settled in the late 1800s, DeLaney Farms now spans 168 acres and is managed by Denver Urban Farms. The DUG runs a CSA where anyone can buy a membership and get fresh fruits and veggies throughout the season and/or exchange work for products. While walking here, I saw hundreds of prairie dogs, hawks, foxes, deer and rabbits. It’s a great location to really amble along and enjoy the scenery. By the way, south of the Farm is yet another Ultimate Frisbee Golf course, the second along the High Line, but first on the 9 Creeks Loop.

9 Creeks Loop Mile 14 DeLaney Farms Homestead

9creeks eatwalklearnThis last mile was probably my favorite for the day. Not only does it cross two of our 9 Creeks, including the West Toll Gate and the Toll Gate, but there’s great view of the locks along the Canal that control the water flow through Aurora and down along the Toll Gate. In addition, the Trail goes right by the historic buildings of DeLaney including the last of 2 remaining round, wooden, short barns. Here, you can also see where tours for the Farm start from, including tours of the apiary, the barn and the homestead. Finally, the Trail goes under Chambers via the Weddig tunnel, which houses some really cool stainless steel artwork. On the other side of the tunnel is where I ended the walk for this day.

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Join me as I walk along the 9 Creeks Loop on my next leg, Segment 4, which I’ll cover Mile 14-20.

Which mile of the 9 Creeks Loop Segment 3 have you enjoyed?