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Centennial Cone Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (32) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This run links all the major trails available at Centennial Cone Park into a big, fun loop.


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Map Key

17.2

Miles

27.7

KM

92%

Runnable

7,914' 2,412 m

High

6,804' 2,074 m

Low

2,430' 741 m

Up

2,428' 740 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

During the summer months there is an odd/even weekend day split between pedestrians/horses and mountain bikers. Check with Jeffco Parks for the calendar.

Overview

This is a worthy loop that will make for a fun day. The views come up just when a little motivation is needed. The terrain changes often with several climbs that will have your legs tired by the end.

Need to Know

This is going to be a hot place midsummer with little shade on much of the route. Restrooms are present at both the Centennial Cone and North parking lots.

Runner Notes

The footing is mostly good on this big loop but be sure to have hydration and nutrition with you. Do not expect to find potable water along the loop.

Description

Starting at the Mayhem Gulch parking area, head up the Mayhem Gulch Trail, which is a nice warm-up. At the first intersection, take a right at the junction with the Juniper Trail. Continue up Mayhem Gulch on this trail, enjoying the views down into the drainage.

Turning a corner, the car noise from Clear Creek Road vanishes. Entering a nice ponderosa stand, take in the bird sounds, as you head left (west) at the next intersection onto the Travois Trail. A right at the upper intersection with the Juniper Trail leads to the Centennial Cone road parking area.

Continue on the Travois Trail, until you come to another intersection. You'll want to stay right here onto the Elk Range Trail, following this doubletrack uphill as it gradually winds through large open spaces and a few stands of pine. There are two spots where the trail leads through private property on this section, please respect the signage and property.

At the North trailhead, the loop bears to the right on the North end of the Travois Trail on awesome singletrack. Follow a drainage and continue across a bridge where Travois Trail leads to the Evening Sun Loop trail. Enjoy the views into a drainage here as this fun section traverses around a small hill.

Follow Travois Trail South (right) at the intersection. This will eventually lead to the top of a spectacular ridge. From here, enjoy some nice downhill, cross a creek at a bridge and begin a longer climb back through a section of pine. Once on top, it is mostly downhill all the way past the Mayhem Gulch Trail intersection to the Juniper Trail junction. A left here leads down the Juniper Trail, then the Mayhem Gulch Trail and back to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

The trail will be mostly in the open with meadows dominating the landscape and foothills as the backdrop. The meadows with the bordering trees provide prime habitat for deer and birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Scalese

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 32 votes

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  4.5 from 32 votes
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#277

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Photos

Mid March 2019
Mar 27, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Mid March 2019
Mar 27, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Well marked trails
Mar 27, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
Mid March 2019
Mar 27, 2019 near Idaho S…, CO
View of Clear Creek Canyon from a highpoint on the trail
Sep 14, 2015 near Golden, CO
Really pretty drainage.
Oct 27, 2015 near Golden, CO

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Feb 16, 2021
Michael Rodgers
Elk Ridge is closed, but all other trails are open for out and backs. Mostly dry, watch for occasional ice under snow patch. 9.5mi — 1h 30m
Oct 3, 2020
Jess Murdzek
18mi — 4h 00m
Oct 3, 2020
Jordan G
17.2mi — 3h 10m
Aug 7, 2020
Atsuko Ohtake
Jul 19, 2020
C B
great temperature after an early rain storm - saw 2 runners, 2 bikers, and ~6 hikers - long sections of tranquil trail - 17.2mi — 3h 14m
Jun 21, 2020
Mary Stone
Counterclockwise on Elk Grove, Travois trails. Fairly exposed. 12.4mi — 3h 27m
May 10, 2020
Matt Church
Loop closed off so just a short out and back 9mi — 1h 20m
Aug 11, 2019
Jon Hand
Distance and time are estimates. Glorious trail. Can't wait to go back. 13mi