Bill Gillespie Nature Trail
ElevationAscent: 16' 5 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 5,409' 1,649 m
Low: 5,396' 1,645 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“A relaxing nature trail in the heart of the city.”— Rob M.
The trail as plotted is about a one mile long loop that starts along the south bank of the lake. You cross a foot bridge to the main lake area and run west under the cover of large cottonwood trees to the next foot bridge. You can cross this bridge to the west which will take you to the Hugh Danahy Park Loop for an extra 0.25 miles through the park's amenities, and before you know it, you're back to the nature trail.
From here, follow the trail northeast. Watch for seasonal birds both in the trees above and on the water. I've seen an owl and great blue heron on occasion. At the east end of the lake, you'll be running parallel to Huron Street and can choose to walk by the lake or along the street depending on the number of folks fishing the lake during your visit.
At the southeast corner of the lake, you turn west to the foot bridge near the fishing pier and head back out to Naiad Drive.
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Land Manager: City of Northglenn