Loveland Recreation Trail

Colorado

Loveland Recreation Trail Facts

States: Colorado
Counties: Larimer
Length: 18.6 miles
Trail end points: W. 57th St. and N. Taft Ave. and Peakview Commercial Park west of US 287
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6744102
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Loveland Recreation Trail Description

The Loveland Recreation Trail encircles the "Gateway to the Rockies," offering views of the mountains and access to many of Loveland's natural treasures. While the trail is mostly complete, there are some on-road connecting segments. Contact Loveland's Parks and Recreation Department for the latest developments (see the Related Links box).

Much of the trail follows the Big Thompson River, passing through Centennial Park, Fairgrounds Park and Seven Lakes Park, each offering drinking fountains, restrooms, places to picnic and other recreational amenities. For those traveling with children, Fairgrounds Park is especially worth a stop with its sprayground, skate park, athletic fields, playgrounds and interesting sculptures. The trail also provides access to Boyd Lake State Park, a popular spot for sailing, swimming, fishing and other water sports.

On the western side of Loveland, the trail travels through agricultural landscapes and residential areas, as well as Mehaffey Park.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking can be found at the community parks along the trail: Centennial Park (977 W. 1st Street), Fairgrounds Park (700 S. Railroad Avenue) and Seven Lakes Park (1975 Park Drive). Parking can also be found in Boyd Lake State Park (3720 N. County Road 11), although a day pass is required to enter the park.

Loveland Recreation Trail Reviews

This is a bike ROUTE, NOT a bike TRAIL. Over 1/3 of this trail is on road. And not residential roads. These are busy thoroughfare's and I do not recommend for anyone who is not familiar or comfortable riding in traffic with cars, trucks, semi's, construction vehicles, and buses. I started at 57th Street trail head and it's basically random sidewalks intermixed with road with a tunnel that passes underneath highway 34 until you get to the Boyd Lake area of the trail. I ride bike trails to get out of traffic and this is not out of traffic.

I've done this trail on a double drop longboard. I've done sections of this trail many times and have only done the full loop once. I'm reviewing the full loop and give it four stars because it's not finished. When we started we parked at Boyd Lake which costs $8 to park which is kind of a bummer. We went clockwise around the whole loop and my GPS said we did 20.5 miles. There's a couple of tricky spots to navigate but not a big deal since they are short spots. The first spot is when you get to Wilson Ave. where the trail ends at 8th St. Head West on 8th and continue all the way to the end. 8th St. changes names to Imperial Ridge Dr then Zachary Dr. Once you've reached then end of Zachary walk through a short field and down towards the creek so as not to trespass. Once you've reached Namaqua Rd. the concrete trail begins again and you know are starting the second leg of the trail. You'll take the trail to its end at W 57th St. which is the worst part of the loop. 57th St. is a busy road with little to no shoulder and dangerous to pedestrians. Once you cross the rail road tracks you can access the trailer park and use S. Berry Dr. to make you way to Hwy. 287 (Garfield Ave.) Now the path begins again and you are on your way back to Boyd. This path in either direction offers fun little downhill sections that are great fun on a longboard. Our top speed never exceeded 20mph.

We rode the entire length of the trail and enjoyed much of it. The Boyd Lake area is especially pleasant. Since the trail is not complete, it seemed to leave us wondering how to connect to the next completed section. Signage needs improvement, especially since the trail is not finished. The section along 57th Street was a nightmare, with no bike lane on a very busy road. The anticipated completion of this section will be a great improvement, whenever that happens.

Accordion

East Portion - Park at 1st and Monroe, ride west to end at Wilson Ave, turn around and ride to the east end at the top of Boyd Lake, turn around and return to start - 15 miles. Mostly flat, except for the hill up to 1st St from the river. A variety of scenery from neighborhoods to lake views. The west portion (Eisenhower to 57ST) is not easily accessible from the east portion. You have to climb a steady hill on Wilson Ave. The west portion is a combination of open fields and neighborhoods.

Beautiful ride along a good size lake, farmland, along a river, etc.

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