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Built on the site of the historic "City Ditch" in Littleton, which is over 150 years old (portions of which are still in use today), the Littleton Community Trail provides a short but pleasant urban trail experience through the heart of the Denver suburb. The majority of the trail is packed gravel, with some short paved sections, and the trail runs north-south parallel to the BNSF railroad tracks.
Starting in the south, the trail springs off of the Lee Gulch Trail, which offers a quiet route through the southern edge of Littleton. Heading north, the trail takes you right into the center of Littleton, providing access to the light rail station and the historic Main Street area. The trail continues alongside the railroad tracks until it reaches a short detour on the sidewalk of Prentice Avenue, before continuing on a separate path that follows S Windemere Street through Cornerstone Regional Park. A variety of recreational activities are available within the park, as well as parking for the trail - the trail ends at the northern end of the park at a junction with the Big Dry Creek Trail, which provides access to more of the area's lengthy trail system.
While the Littleton Community Trail may be somewhat lacking in charm, it provides a great connection between several of the area's excellent trails, and offers a safe and convenient off-road means of exploring the suburban city. For a somewhat more scenic route, the Mary Carter Greenway runs parallel to the trail on the other side of the train tracks, following the course of the South Platte River.
Parking is available at the trail's southern end via a small lot at the end of W Euclid Ave, and at the trail's northern end inside Cornerstone Regional Park.
To reach the northern trailhead from the direction of Denver, take I-25 south towards Littleton, then take exit 207B to get on US-85/S Platte River Drive heading south. Continue south, following signs for US-85, which become S Santa Fe Drive. Exit US-85 just north of Littleton at State Route 88/W Belleview Avenue. Take a left onto Belleview Avenue and proceed, crossing over the railroad tracks, and then take a left onto S Windemere Street. The park and trailhead are on the right.
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