Ralston Creek Trail

Trail Map

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Most of the Ralston Creek Trail follows its namesake waterway, winding through several parks, neighborhoods and open areas in Arvada. On its western end, the trail becomes gently hilly and passes scenic Tucker Lake and the Arvada Reservoir. A highlight of the route is a trek over the spectacular Gold Strike Park Pedestrian Bridge on the trail's eastern end, which spans 400 feet and is supported by suspended cables.

Just past the bridge, trail users can pick up the Clear Creek Trail for a longer trek southwest to Golden or east to northern suburbs of Denver. In the west, the unpaved and more rustic Fairmount Trail heads south from the end of the Ralston Creek Trail to North Table Mountain Park and Golden's Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex.

Parking and Trail Access

The best parking access is midway at Oak Park on Oak Street, north of Ralston Road. Refer to the TrailLink map for additional parking locations.


very convoluted

   September, 2016 by binderchristian

There are several different spots to enter the Ralston Creek Trail. This trail connects up to the Clear Creek Trail around the 62nd and Sheridan area and you enter it by going up the Gold Strike Bridge, named so because this was the first place gold was ...read more

Very cool path

   August, 2016 by gretchen0b

I started this trail at I-76 and Sheridan and did most of it on a longboard and stopped on top of the mesa when the trail starts to do switch backs down to Blunn reservoir. My comfort level with speed is in the neighborhood of 15 MPH and skating off the ...read more

Great trail, plenty of shade

   August, 2014 by tgold

We rode our bikes from the Arvada Reservoir to Memorial Park today, doing a car shuttle and it was a great time on the trail. It starts with a pretty big climb up and around the reservoir, but then a nice coast down into Arvada. There are places where ...read more