Grazing Elk Trail
ElevationAscent: 281' 86 m
Descent: -194' -59 m
High: 6,107' 1,861 m
Low: 5,839' 1,780 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A beautiful foothills trail in the South Valley Park through a meadow that sits overlooking red rock formations.”— Scott Tuttle
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.
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Land Manager: Jefferson County, CO - Open Space Dept.