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Grazing Elk Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.0 (11)

A beautiful foothills trail in the South Valley Park through a meadow that sits overlooking red rock formations.


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2.6

Miles

4.1

KM

97%

Runnable

6,107' 1,861 m

High

5,839' 1,780 m

Low

281' 86 m

Up

194' 59 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Description

This is an easy and enjoyable loop through a meadow which sits slightly above the rest of the valley, affording great views along the trail of the surrounding foothills and red rock formations. The elevation change is long and gradual adding a slight challenge to the first half of the loop until the decline begins. As the name alludes to, there are plenty of opportunities for elk and deer sightings since the wide open meadows are a favorite place of theirs. Go early in the morning or at dusk, and you're likely to run into them before they hop out of the way off the trail.

The run begins where the Grazing Elk Trail intersects Valley Rd on its southern side. The nearest parking lot is just east of the Valley Rd and Deer Creek Canyon Rd intersection located at approximately 39.551164" N, -105.139235" W. From there you may reach the start by heading west on Deer Creek Canyon Rd and taking a right onto Valley Rd using the small shoulder until you reach the trail crosswalk. Otherwise, you can also choose the more scenic (and probably safer) route taking the Coyote Song Trail from the parking lot keeping left onto the Swallow Trail and finally reaching the Grazing Elk Trail which takes you to the Valley Rd crosswalk where the ruoute begins. The latter route to the run start from the parking lot is about 1 mile - a nice extension to your run or a great warm up/ cool down through the valley's red rocks.

Flora & Fauna

Elk, deer, and hawks.

Contacts

Shared By:

Scott Tuttle

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 11 votes

#22955

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  3.0 from 11 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1,867

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#22,955

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This is one of the farthest points of the trail from South Valley Rd. This is looking toward C-470.
Aug 4, 2019 near Ken Caryl, CO

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May 15, 2020
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