Elk Meadow Park - South Loop

March 24, 2011 Comments (2) 2-3 Miles, About 45 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Dog Friendly Hikes, Easy, Elk, fall colors, hikes evergreen colorado, hikes with kids denver, Meadows

Elk Meadow Park – South Loop

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Elk Meadow Park is a great place to hike with your family, if you have little ones, or if you just want to talk with a friend as you hike and take in great views of Colorado. Take your dog along to enjoy the adjacent off-leash dog park area. Get all the info you need to hike Elk Meadow Park in Evergreen by exploring the full trail profile below.

Trail Snapshot: Elk Meadow Park – South Loop

  • Hike Distance: 2.6 miles Round Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: Approx 1.5hr Round Trip
  • Trail Type: Loop
  • Seasons: All
  • Dogs: Allowed On Leash
  • Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Elk Meadow Park – South Loop
  • Denver Drive Time: 35 min
  • Driving Directions to Elk Meadow Park – South Loop: Click for Google Map
  • Town Nearest Hike: Evergreen, Colorado
  • Beauty: Meadows, old barn, ponderosa pine, wildlife: elk, & Abert’s squirrel
  • Activities: Hiking, dog park nearby

Elk Meadow Park has just over 13 miles of hiking trails near Denver that wind through it’s lower meadows, through ponderosa forest, and two more strenuous options that lead to the summit of Bergen Peak. This profiles a 2.6 mile loop that begins at the south parking area. To form the loop, combine the Meadow View Trail, Elk Ridge Trail, and the Sleepy “S” trail. Use the Elk Meadow Park map at this link. We chose this route because we have 2 children under 3 years old, and it was a good choice – just long enough, trails close to Denver, and lots of change of scenery during a short hike.

There is an off-leash dog area just on the other side of the street from the south parking lot (not visible on this older google map, so you’ll have to trust us that it’s there). If you like to hike with your dog, this is a great place to stop before you hike. Here is a link to the Jefferson County info page on the off-leash area. Dogs are required to be leashed in all other areas of the park.

Tips & Resources for Hiking Elk Meadow Park – South Loop :

  • TIP: The Easy way. Take the loop clockwise for the easier route and counter-clockwise if you are looking for a more strenuous (but not much) hike.
  • TIP: Enjoy some time in Evergreen. The town of Evergreen is a great place to retreat to during the summer. It’s a few degrees cooler, Bear Creek runs through town, and you’ll find some great places to eat.
  • Trail Map: Elk Meadow Park – South Loop
  • Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
  • After the Hike: Beau Jo’s Pizza


Evergreen, CO
partly cloudy
40% humidity
wind: 4mph SSW
H 49 • L 26

Map & Driving Directions

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