We parked at Skunk Hollow and crossed the road to beginning of the Owl Trail. This trail is one of my go to trails for an impromptu walk because it’s quick, easy and enjoyable – but it’s also good to pair with other trails if you want something a little longer.
The walk is right next to the actual Bear Creek, which is nice - A. because the water keeps the area relatively cool - B. because even though the dogs can’t go in it they still love to investigate it - and C. who doesn’t like a stroll near a creek?
It’s also in the trees, which is nice for not only scenery but it also keeps you in the shade -- a nice bonus on those hot and sunny days. The trail is also on a dirt trail which I like because I feel like it gives Petie the feel of being on a hike with out the strain of being on an actual hike. It’s a good alternative to a hike for her because she simply can’t handle actual hikes.
The Owl Trail is also nice because there are a lot of different trees, grass, bushes, sometimes even flowers depending on the season so there’s a variety of nature everywhere you look.
This trail is one of the more popular trails so you’re bound to see two or three other people depending on the day of course.
The owl trail is essentially a straight line and once you get to the far East end of it, it brings you to a fence with an opening to the middle of the fitness trail.
Next I did the full loop on the fitness trail with the exception of a brief short cut. I did not do the work outs at the stations… I could lie to you and tell you that I didn’t do the workouts because I was wearing jeans or because I didn’t want to make the dogs wait while I did them, but I simply just didn’t want to do them… Don’t judge me.
Although I didn’t do the workouts on this walk, I have done them in the past and they are actually pretty nice. They are well spaced so you get kind of a breather in between the stations. Each station has a diagram showing how to do the work out and they are generally pretty easy to understand. The diagrams are sort of out dated (the guy in the diagram is rocking some short, shorts so I’m guessing they are from the 70’s. Oh the 70's...) but they still get the job done.
The fitness trail is a good trail to venture on to if you’re not really a people person, as I don’t generally see anyone on the trail with me. This is with the exception of weekends. You will see people no matter where you are in the park on weekends.
This trail definitely has its pros and cons. Personally I’m not huge on this trail because I like being in lots of trees and there isn't really that much foliage on the trail other than the occasional patch of shrubbery. Also the entire trail is in direct sunlight; so if it’s a warm sunny day, prepare to sweat. If your dog has a thick dark coat, keep a close eye on them to make sure they aren't over heating and always bring water for your pooch no matter the coat or the weather.
I will say that there are some nice fields of green grass and even some wild flowers depending on the season. Another pro is at one point we heard some frogs which brought out my pups curiosity.
Over all the three of us really enjoyed the journey. It had a variety of things to offer and was the perfect length for any size dog (or human).
15600 W Morrison Road Lakewood CO 80465
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