“Farmers Highline Canal Trail Passing through Westminster, Northglenn, and Thornton.”
— Rob M.
Some sections may flood after heavy rains / spring snow melt. Usually the path will dry up within a week or so with little to no damage.
Features: Birding — Lake — River/Creek — Wildflowers
Need to Know
Between Malley Drive and the E.B. Raines Park complex the trail is used as a doggie restroom by folks in the nearby apartment complex who don't clean up after their dog.
All other sections have been well cared for and have been clean or droppings and most litter.
Some segments of the trail offer a dirt path on the other side of the ditch from the paved trail.
Some segments offer a packed gravel side trail.
The Farmers Highline Canal Trail
is an extensive trail running East / West through multiple cities on the Colorado Front Range.
The various parks along this trail act as hubs offering a number of connecting trails that can provide a change in view if any section of this trail becomes routine.
The trail has many sections offering lots of tree coverage and is a mix of Concrete and Asphalt. The route is mostly flat, but there will be a few rolling portions to keep you from getting too comfortable. Mornings generally offer the best shade as many sections have the trees to the east and open views to the west.
Flora & Fauna
Lots of cotton wood trees, and migrating song birds. Waterfowl like Ducks, Geese, Coots, etc. can all be found around the lakes.
History & Background
The Farmers' High Line Canal was originally built in the 1860s by the Arapahoe Ditch Company from Clear Creek to Van Bibber Creek in what is now Arvada. The remaining segments to the east were built in subsequent years by the Golden City and Arapahoe Ditch Company. It is one of the Front Range's signature trails winding from near Standley Lake east to Northglenn's EB Raines Park (10.3 mi/16.5 km) and beyond into Thornton.