I honestly never really thought it would have that much to offer and it seemed like a pretty dull place so I never felt the need to check it out.
As it turns out, it actually has quite a few activities to choose from.
It’s got a paved loop going around a fairly good sized lake (1.2 miles), a paved loop going around the outskirts of the park (2.25 miles), an enclosed wildlife sanctuary that includes a little pond (people only, no pets), a small horse arena, a dirt loop just outside of the lake loop you can take your horse on and I assume anyone is free to use it for that matter, and you can fish on the main lake.
Who knew?? Apparently everyone else because it’s a busy, busy place. Obviously it’s worse on the weekends, but you’re still bound to see other people throughout your journey on almost any day and time of the week.
Something to keep in mind is the park is right across the street from Wheatridge High School and kids cut through the park frequently. So maybe avoid going around the times kids are walking to and from school.
When we went it was snowy, so we just stuck to the short lake loop so we wouldn’t all become popsicles. The full loop took about 30 minutes and it was gorgeous!
There was a fresh blanket of snow on the grass, the lake was partially frozen, there was still some snow falling, and the only other person we saw was a ranger. I’d imagine it’s just as lovely in the summer with all the trees, grass and the lake. The dog's seemed like happy campers too.
As for difficulty It’s easy breezy. Perfect for dogs and humans who are easily strained or just for a nice relaxing stroll. If you have a high energy dog and you’re lookin’ to have it burn off some steam you may want to do a few laps… or look elsewhere.
There were plenty of benches to plant yourself on and take a breather, gazebos to chill under, a dock to fish on or just appreciate the lake on, and even a bird watching deck.
Even though it’s in the middle of the city it’s surprisingly secluded and serene.
Recently the park had a bad problem with coyotes, not just having them in the area but there have been attacks. Particularly on small dogs. Just another moment I feel the need to send you this friendly reminder... Leash your dogs people.
If a coyote is watching/stalking you, don’t panic. The worst thing you could probably do is run away and show it fear. Simply throw small items at it (sticks, rocks, etc.) and make loud noises at it till it leaves. Remind it that we are the dominant species.
If it comes back, go back to throwing and yelling and basically coming off as terrifying monster. That sounds a little dramatic but that’s what rangers have told me to do so I’m stickin’ to it!
A random little side note from our experience here is, make sure you park in the main parking lot if you can. We ended up parking in the lot in front of the horse arena. It wasn’t a huge deal we just ended up having to take a small dirt trail short cut to get back to our car, which was sort of a bummer with the snow and mud from that day.
The main parking lot has bathrooms, a park map and info, and it's the trail head. Like I said, it’s not a big deal it’s just more convenient. So when you’re heading East on 26th park in the second lot, not the first one you see and you’ll be in the main lot.
If you’re like me and you’ve been avoiding Crown Hill because it seams boring, go check it out anyway! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s a great for a relaxing walk right in the middle of town.