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Hiking, biking, running and snowshoeing on the Elk Meadows Trail System

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The Elk Meadow Park trail system near Evergreen provides a rugged wilderness escape easily accessible by car not too far from the city. The trail system offers miles of trails for your long distance training needs or just a place to get away from the stress of daily life. The scenery is fabulous and the trails are well maintained, safe for your family and the young ones and adequately marked. Wildlife is abundant, including deer, elk, red-tailed hawk and various critters hiding in the trees and the ground. With a starting elevation of about 8000 feet, the park has plenty of snow for great snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the wintertime. There is even an off leash dog park across Stagecoach Blvd., in the Elk Meadow Dog Park so you can let your four footed kids run off some steam.

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There are two entrances to the trail system. There is trail access at the Lewis Ridge Trailhead on 2855 Bergen Peak Dr., and the Stagecoach Trailhead on 32391 Stagecoach Blvd. The Stagecoach Blvd. trail head provides immediate access to the trail system and has adequate parking. Both trailheads are easily accessible by car from the Evergreen Parkway off of I-70.

The park has trails for beginners and experienced hikers in more advanced physical condition. The Founders Trail meanders through the lower elevations of the park not far from the highway, while the Meadow View Trail undulates along the base of the mountainsides for a more strenuous hike. If a five mile hike with a 2100 foot climb isn't too much, the Bergen Peak Trail is an excellent hike with some great views of the Continental Divide on the western slopes of the park's mountains.

Elk Meadow Park has something for everyone and is well worth taking some time off from city life to unwind in Nature's playground.