On the west side of Denver lies a hidden gem of a hike (or ride, if you like using a bike). Locally known as the Green Mountain Open... more » Space, the sign on the south end of the trailhead reads “William Frederick Hayden Park” — “a rose by any other name …” While the terrain is cross hatched with a variety of trails, the route I chose is just over four miles in length, with an altitude gain of about 740 ft (highest point is 6885 ft). This is an excellent place to bring your out of town guests who would like to see the city and the front range without experiencing anoxic shock. Because the trails are smooth and wide, small children and dogs will find this trek a pleasure. In the spring wildflowers abound.
From I-25, take 6th Ave. west. Drive approximately 6 miles to Kipling. Take Kipling south for 2 miles before taking a right on Alameda. Stay on Alameda for 3 miles until you see a parking area on the right. This is the “Florida” trailhead because it is across the street from where Florida Drive exits onto Alameda Pkwy. About 1000 ft farther down the road is the “Utah” trailhead. Directions for this hike begin at the south end of the Florida trailhead. ... If you're coming from another part of town, google the directions for Green Mountain Open Space. less «