Crown Hill Lake Trails in Denver

August 9, 2010 Comments (1) 1-2 Miles, Birdwatching, Easy, Handicap Accessible, Lakes, Mountain Range Views

Crown Hill Lake Trails

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Jefferson County seems to turn to gold about every park they touch here in Colorado. Crown Hill Lake Park is a prime example. It’s an oasis in the midst of the busy city of Denver. The park has beautiful views of the Front Range mountains, including the Flatirons down in Boulder.

Crown Hill Lake Park has three miles of paved trails and .7 of them are considered ADA accessible, all in the heart of Denver. On the northwest side of the park, you’ll find a wildlife sanctuary for migratory birds. Explore the full trail profile below for all the details: hiking trails, trail map, and detailed directions to the trailhead.

Trail Snapshot: Crown Hill Lake Trails

  • Hike Distance: 1.2 miles+
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: Approx 45mins+
  • Trail Type: Loop
  • Seasons: All
  • Dogs: Allowed on Leash in Most Areas
  • Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Crown Hill Lake Trails
  • Denver Drive Time: 17 min
  • Driving Directions to Crown Hill Lake Trails: Click for Google Map
  • Town Nearest Hike: Lakewood, Colorado
  • Beauty: Lake, wildlife sanctuary, Front Range views, wildlife: ducks, geese
  • Activities: Horseback riding, cycling, fishing, hiking, picnic areas

Hikes at Crown Hill Park:

  • Loop Trail – 1.2miles – goes around the lakeside
  • Perimeter Trail – 2 miles – goes around the edge of the park
  • Nature Preserve Trail / Wildlife Sanctuary Trail – .7 mile – Hiker Only and ADA accessible trail
  • Link to Crown Hill Lake Map

Tips & Resources for Hiking Crown Hill Lake Trails :

  • TIP: It’s a busy park, so try earlier and later in the day.
  • TIP: The wildlife preserve is hiker only. No dogs in this area.
  • TIP: There is a lot of multi-use traffic on the trails, so be alert and yield when appropriate.
  • Trail Map: Crown Hill Lake Trails
  • Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
  • After the Hike: Danny’s Carnation Restaurant
  • Photo: We would like to express our gratitude to Kasey Cline for sharing such an amazing photograph of this hike.


Lakewood, CO
partly cloudy
90% humidity
wind: 18mph N
H 52 • L 36

Map & Driving Directions

Click for Driving Directions

One Response to Crown Hill Lake Trails

  1. Sofia Novozilova says:

    What a beautiful gem to find in the city. I visit this park regularly and think dawn and near sunset are the best times to visit, especially during the summer, since there is very little shade along the trails. If you are a birder, this is a great place to see wading birds and those that nest near water. Kestrel Pond (part of the wildlife preserve) is closed during peak nesting season from March 1 to June 30. However, according to the website, Lookout Mountain Nature Center offers guided walks through this area during that closure.

    Other things to note: there are restrooms, picnic tables and a water fountain at the East parking lot.

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