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Connecting the Canal: Friday Segment 14, Northern Terminus at Green Valley Ranch (W&T)
January 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
TYPE: W&T | PACE: 3 mph |TERRAIN: Lots of sidewalk, small hills, dirt/pebble trail | DIFFICULTY: Moderate| DISTANCE: Approx. 5 miles
Walk Description: In partnership with the High Line Canal Conservancy, we will walk the entire High Line Canal, one segment at a time, covering most of the 71-mile trail that goes from near DIA to Waterton Canyon. Check out our overview page here for the entire schedule.
Segment 14 of 14, Miles 66-71 | The Northern Terminus at Green Valley Ranch: Within eyesight of Denver International Airport, the High Line Canal comes to its end. When it was built, this high prairie area allowed the Canal to come to a natural conclusion to its long journey. Now, new development sprouts up allowing folks to live close to the airport, something the High Line planners never even imagined! Join us and celebrate on the beginning segment of our 71-mile walk to the Southern Terminus.
On this segment, we’ll meander through Green Valley Ranch and portions of its golf course, ending in one of the Ranch’s neighborhoods. You’ll get a feel for how the agriculture that the Canal once watered has morphed into homes, and you’ll really understand how the Canal has impacted so many facets of the Metro Denver area. We’ll see where the Canal ends and possibly see the last head gate #165. We’ll begin our walk through the Prairie Retreat Zone.
Walk Leader: Chris Englert is a long-time Walking Movement Leader, Member-Owner of Walk2Connect, and author of Best Urban Hikes: Denver and Walking Denver’s Neighborhoods. Follow her at www.urbanhikingDEN.com, and at @urbanhikingDEN on social media. You can reach her at 303 507 7280 or [email protected]
Meeting Location: Park at the end of the segment 4538 Perth St, Denver, CO, in the small visitor parking lot next to this address. This is a neighborhood, so please be kind and quiet as we gather. We will meet at the end of the segment, park, and then carpool to the beginning of the segment. Please be parked and ready to walk at 8:50 am. We will leave no later than 9:05 to the starting destination.
Carpool to Here: Park on the street near 19692 E 63rd Dr, Aurora which is near 64th and Fundy. We will walk the segment together. At the end of the walk, we will carpool back to the beginning of the segment to return any carpool drivers to their cars.
Teamwork: In order for us to have a great time, enjoy the segment, and get everyone to the beginning and ends, we must work as a team. Patience, guidance and erring on the side of positivity are crucial for a successful and joyful segment.
Restrooms: There are NO restrooms anywhere on this segment. Please stop along Tower Road prior to arrival to use a restroom.
Driving Liability: If you are not comfortable carpooling, please make other arrangements to meet us at the start of the walk and for you to depart the walk. Alternatively, you can take a Lyft. If you use this link and you’re a new Lyft user, you get a credit toward your first ride. If you have questions about how parking/carpooling/transit will work, please contact your walking movement leader. If you choose to drive, please remember that you must have liability insurance and you assume all risks as a driver or passenger. If asked, please be prepared to show your proof of insurance.
Welcome Waivers: Please fill out the online “Welcome Waiver” or download, print, sign, and turn in a hard copy. You only need to do this once per year with Walk2Connect.
Priority Registration: The walk is limited to 30 people. Priority will be given to High Line Canal Heroes and Walk2Connect Champions. If this walk is full, you may consider joining our Weekend High Line Canal Series which walks on Saturdays/Sundays.
Final Details: You will receive final details about this segment on the day before we walk. Refer to this final details email for concluding comments about weather, parking, and conditions. If you do not receive this email by 5 pm the day before the walk, contact your walking movement leader immediately.
RSVP: You must sign up to walk. Please use the RSVP feature below. Visit our main page here to sign-for additional segments. Your RSVP is important and will guide our communication about changes, parking, and other details. If you are walking with someone else, please have that person also sign up so that we have their email address and can track effectively.
Dogs: Dogs are welcome on 6-foot leashes. No retractable leashes. Please be sure to bring baggies and water for your dog and consider the carpooling scenarios if you bring your dog with you.
Tokens: For the walkers who complete all 14 segments of the Connecting the Canal event series according to the official schedule will receive a High Line Canal Trail token. You can “make up” your segments by joining the weekend series or with one of our volunteer Walking Movement Leaders.
What to bring: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and you may also want to include appropriate outerwear, hats, and gloves to accommodate for the weather.
Weather: We will walk in all weather conditions except ice and lightning. You will be notified by 8 pm the night before if the walk is canceled. No news is good news.
Cancellation Policy: We only cancel in extreme weather conditions on our path, such as ice, hail, or lightning.
-This particular segment is much different than the other 13 segments, as the Trail and the Canal do not meander hand-in-hand. We’ll only see the Canal off in the distance–but attending this segment is very important to understanding the Canal’s story, and even though it’s a lot of sidewalk walking through a neighborhood, it’s a don’t-miss segment.
This program is in partnership with the High Line Canal Conservancy. For more information about the entire trail, see www.highlinecanal.org.
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