Genesee Mountain Park:
Genesee has seen significant recent trail development with the opening of the I-70 adjacent paved trail in addition to development of internal, soft-surface hiking trails connecting the Chief Hosa Lodge and Campground to the Patrick House and new bison viewing platform. The American Bison Trail will allow visitors to travel further into the park and look for the bison herd when they are located in more distant pasture locations. Genesee also features the mutli-sensory Braile Trail which connects to the longer distance Beaver Brook trail.
Lookout Mountain Park:
Lookout Mountain Park’s short Buffalo Bill Trail connects the Buffalo Bill Museum, Pahaska Tepee Gift Shop, and Buffalo Bill’s Grave to the larger Lookout Mountain trail system managed by Jefferson County. From here, hikers can reach the nearby Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Boettcher Mansion, or connect with the longer distance Beaver Brook Trail that connects to Genesee Mountain Park and Golden.
Bear Creek Regional Trail:
This popular trail is located just west of Morison along CO 74 and the Bear Creek drainage, just minutes upstream from Red Rocks and Morrison. It is one of the only Denver Mountain Park trails open to mountain bikes.
The trail begins at it’s eastern terminus in Little Park (limited parking) before moving quickly into Jefferson County’s Lair O’ The Bear Park, which features the largest parking facilities. The trail departs from the valley floor in Corwina Park and begins to switchback uphill, passes through O’Fallon Park, and then ends at the Pence Park parking lot adjacent to Myers Gulch Road.
This trail was constructed, and continues to be operated and maintained in partnership with Jefferson County Open Space.
A number of Denver Mountain Parks are located throughout the Evergreen area. The Pioneer Trail map is perhaps the best way to orient to how the various Denver Mountain Parks abut to Jefferson County and State Lands. The trail begins in Bergen Park (which features an RTD Park-n-ride) moves south adjacent to CO 74 through Jefferson County parks, enters Dedisse Park (home of Evergreen Lake) before continuing further in Jeffco and state land.
Fillius Park stands apart from the Pioneer Trail, and features short internal hikes to picnic spots.
Echo Lake Park serves as a trailhead for short walks around the lake and Echo Lake Lodge, or a starting point for hiking to the Mt. Evans summit or connecting with other US Forest Service trails.