Lincoln Mountain Open Space Trail System
In July of 2012, the Arrowhead Trail Crew began the design and construction of a 6.5 mile trail system for Douglas County’s newly acquired Lincoln Mountain Open Space. The Lincoln Mountain Open Space was formerly the Palmer Divide Ranch that was purchased by Douglas County to preserve open space. The cattle and hay ranch protects the access to Lincoln Mountain, a predominant butte in the area, and a portion of West Cherry Creek.
The machine built project consist of a 3.25 mile loop and a 2.75 mile out and back lollypop style trail as well as a few connector trails. The new non-motorized trail system will mainly host hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. The 3.25 mile loop incorporates a variety of terrain from wide open flowy prairie sections to slower paced technical rock sections. The 2.25 mile out and back lollypop style trail connects the previously mentioned loop trail to the beautiful views atop Lincoln Mountain. The climb up is slightly challenging, but the descent back down makes it well worth it. It’s no doubt that the new Lincoln Mountain Open Space Trail System will be cherished by locals and tourists for years to come.