We just walked from the trailhead on the road across from the stables, did a lap around the turtle pond and went back the way we came. It was probably a 15 minute walk. But at least it was a walk.
That whole area is all about the same and even though I didn’t do the full walk that day I’m still pretty familiar with the area so I decided to go ahead and do the review anyway.
If I were you, instead of doing the full Cowen trail, I would start at the trailhead across the street form the stables (like we did) and go south west till you hit the bridge and the paved trail. Cross the bridge then take the trail that once again reads Cowen Trail. Stick to that trail till you hit the all the access trails around the turtle pond and take those till you circle back to where you started across the stables. (See the trail map below to reference.)
The chunk of Cowen trail past turtle pond is a longer walk (around 45 min), but it’s pretty barren and boring. The trails around turtle pond are shorter (probably tops 30 min) but I find them more enjoyable and it gives the pups more things to be excited about.
For starters, you obviously go past turtle pond witch actually does have turtles in the summer!
The rest of the trail is a dirt path with trees, grass and wild flowers if the season is right. If you decide to take the north trail you'll have a creek running next to you as well.
Like the rest of the park, the popularity of the trail depends on the time and day you go. Given that it was cold and snowy the day we were there, it was pretty barren.
This adventure is good for a quick, peaceful, easy, and scenic nature walk
15600 W Morrison Road Lakewood CO 80465
See Bear Creek Lake Park Overall for entrance fees and other information.