Meyers Ranch Park

Wooden bench in Meyers Ranch Park

Overview

There are endless arrays of squirrels that inhabit this park but not much other wildlife is likely to be seen. Meyers Ranch Park is very easy and convenient to get to and offers plenty of picnic areas, but you will be listening to the highway pretty much everywhere in the park. The noise however, does not seem to detour from the popularity of the parks beautiful Pine and aspen forests that etch the Rolling Meadows reaching out to the highway. This is a great place to visit after the snow has begun to fall as there are ample open downhill areas for sledding.

4.2 Miles of Trails

Park Details:

  • Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Centaurs errr…… Equestrians
  • Sledding
  • There are clean restrooms near the picnic area that emit zero odors.
  • All of the trails are well marked and easy to follow.
  • Camping is not allowed in the park
  • Park hours are one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset
  • Hunting or firearms are not permitted
  • There is an ample amount of picnic areas
  • Parking is limited and this is a popular park
  • No Entrance fees

Emergency contacts:

Jefferson County Sheriff’s office @ (303) 277-0211

If the event is life threatening dial 911a

Quick Reference Map

A static version of the map and be downloaded to your phone from Jefferson County Parks

Lodge pole Loop

Difficulty Rank (1 – 10)4 (Moderate)
Views Rank (1 – 10)3
Distance1.3 miles
Time NeededAbout 32 Minutes

Details:

  • Connecting trails: Sunny Aspen and Owl’s Perch trails
  • Couple parts of the hike are slightly steep
  • Gradual elevation gain
  • Good tree cover
  • Closest parking area: Meyers Ranch parking area

Trailhead directions: Hike up access road | trail starts by restrooms

Trail Highlights:

  • Easy trail
  • Forest areas
Mountain prairie view in Meyers Ranch Park
Mountain prairie view in Meyers Ranch Park

Review:

The Lodge Pole Loop is a great hike for those that are new to hiking, have children, or are just looking for a quick hike in the woods that’s not too far from Denver. The bad part about this and all of the other trails in the area is you will not be without the sound of the highway due to its close proximity. While the trails are nice you will probably not see more wildlife than a passing squirrel or bird. Nonetheless this trail does offer a good workout in places.

Owl’s Perch

Difficulty Rank (1 – 10)2 (Easy)
Views Rank (1 – 10)2
Distance0.4 miles
Time NeededAbout 10 Minutes

Details:

  • Connecting trail: Lodge Pole Loop trail
  • Mainly connects the picnic areas
  • Slight elevation change
  • Sporadic tree cover
  • Closest parking area: Meyers Ranch parking area

Trailhead directions: Hike up access road | Trail is to the right just after restrooms

Trail Highlights:

  • Views of the cliff faces on the other side of the highway

Review:

This trail is mainly used as an access point to the picnic areas that are scattered throughout the lower portion of the park. There is not much to look at on the trail aside from highway 285 and the power lines that cut through the trees in the north end of the park.

Old Ski Run Trail

Difficulty Rank (1 – 10)5 (Moderate)
Views Rank (1 – 10)3
Distance1.2 miles
Time NeededAbout 27 Minutes

Details:

  • Connecting trail: Sunny Aspen trail
  • Note that on the National Geographic map this trail did not present as a complete loop at the top which it is.
  • Decent elevation change
  • Thick tree cover
  • Closest parking area: Meyers Ranch parking area

Trailhead directions: Hike up access road | S-Lodge Pole Loop | L-Sunny Aspen Trail | L-Old Ski Run

Trail Highlights:

  • Views of Aspen Park
  • Interesting rock formations
Tall Pines in Meyers Ranch Park
Tall Pines in Meyers Ranch Park

Review:

Contrary to the name do not expect to see an old ski run; However, I would think that if you could make it up this trail in the winter with a pair of ski’s or a snowboard you would have one fun ride down. There is a decent rise in elevation that is sure to get the heart pumping and the blood flowing as you hike to the top. This is the only trail in the park where you might not hear the highway below that is providing you are on the backside of the loop at the top.

Sunny Aspen

Difficulty Rank (1 – 10)4 (Easy)
Views Rank (1 – 10)3
Distance0.8 miles
Time NeededAbout 21 Minutes

Details:

  • Connecting trails: Lodge Pole Loop trail, and Old Ski Run trails
  • Slight elevation change
  • Good tree cover
  • Closest parking area: Meyers Ranch parking area

Trailhead directions: Hike up access road | S-Lodge Pole Loop | R or L on Sunny Aspen Trail

Trail Highlights:

  • Great picnic area if you want to listen to a little less highway noise.
Rocky portion of a trail in Meyers Ranch Park.
Rocky part of a trail in Meyers Ranch Park

Review:

The Sunny Aspen trail does have some rather nice patches of aspens along the way and would make a spectacular trail to enjoy the changing of the leaves in fall. Perhaps the best feature of this hike is there is a covered picnic area at the junction with the Old Ski Run Trail that would make an excellent place to stop for lunch, or escape the rain if you happen to be unlucky enough to get caught out in a storm. This trail will not leave you huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf, but you will get a decent workout while you ramble along.

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