University Hills Wellshire

Actually, these are two neighborhoods abutting each other near University of Denver, but don’t confuse them with the University neighborhood. Sitting next to each other, where Wellshire’s boundaries are I25, S University, Hampden, and Colorado, University Hills sits to the east of Wellshire, but is a triangular shape of I25, Colorado and Hampden. Enjoy this 3.75-mile walk.

The Gulch Ends

The Harvard Gulch runs through the middle of Wellshire and terminates its eastern end right near  Colorado. We began our walk along the Gulch, admiring the odd mix of small 1960s homes next to giant homes on the same footprints of the smaller homes. There didn’t seem to be a happy middle between the two.

As we made our way across Colorado into University Hills, more mid-century moderns showed up, reminding us of our walk through Harvey Park. These homes appear to be a bit later than Harvey’s, but they still had the same retro feel.

Our walk took on us on the south side of Mamie D Eisenhower Park along the High Line Canal and its trail. Mamie was from Denver and grew up near the present day Kent Day School. Although she and Dwight at one time had decided to retire here, they changed their minds. None the less, the often visited and frequently went to the chapel in Lowry, now called the Eisenhower Chapel, and one that we passed on our Lowry walk.

As we finished our walk, having been through two neighborhoods and a large commercial area, we enjoyed the small tot lot where we had started, finding dinosaurs to ride!

The Route:

Start at 2699 S Fillmore St. Find the Harvard Gulch running through the park, and head to the left (east) along the trail. Follow it, crossing several residential streets, until you get to Jackson Street. You’ll take a right on Jackson as the Gulch ends just 20 or so feet past Jackson.

Take a left on E Yale Ave. Cross Colorado, take a left, then take a right on E Yale Ave again. Pass all the shopping on the right, then take a right on S Clermont Dr.

Take a right on S Dahlia St, then take a right onto the High Line Canal trail just after passing Eisenhower Park on your left. You’ll be heading west with the park on your right. Stop in the rec center if you need to use the restrooms.

Take a right on Colorado. Take a left on E Darthmouth Ave, crossing Colorado. Take a right on Monroe St then a left on E Cornell Ave.

Take a right on S St Paul then a left on E Bates Ave. Take a right on S Fillmore, crossing into the park. Ride a dragon, then return back to where you started.

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See the route, turn-by-turn directions and route below.

Thanks! See you on the trail

~Chris