Dog Friendly Hike near Littleton Colorado

It’s the last weekend in May and the weather has finally decided to be agreeable for a weekend. After planning a hike 6 weeks ago every weekend has been snow, rain, or generally bad weather and our outdoor spirit was ruined by the muddy conditions. With a few nice hours on Saturday and a beautiful Sunday morning it’s about time we got out there. First up on the hiking list, a random selection from a trail guide of Denver, is the Coyote Song Trail at South Valley Park in Ken Caryl. Below are some pictures from our hike along with a trail map link and directions to the park.

Dog friendly hiking trail in the Colorado foothills

Dog friendly hiking trail in the Colorado foothills

Hiking with a golden retriever

Hiking with a golden retriever

Tucked just the other side of the foothills at the base of the Rockies┬áSouth Valley Park is only 900 acres but has paths totaling 8 miles. Maintained by Jefferson County the park offers a few trail options of varying lengths and difficulty levels. The plan for Finnegan is take the Coyote Song Trail out and back for a total of 3 miles. A copy of the South Valley Park trail map (pdf) is good to have to make sure we only do 3 miles and not more. With his hip dysplasia we prefer not to work Finn for too much longer than that at any one time considering he goes on a run every morning anyways. Also with the weather (mid 80′s) Finn is prone to overheating. Winter helped him build up his golden coat but now we’re seeing it shed by the pound and 80 degree hikes just can not be comfortable.

Informational signs on Coyote Song Trail

Informational signs on Coyote Song Trail

Finnegan reading the signs

Finnegan reading the signs

From C470 take the Ken Caryl Road exit and head west. Keep left at the light onto South Valley Road. On the left will be a lake and parking lot for the trails. A second parking lot is located at the other end of the trails (continue on South Valley and turn on left on Deer Creek Canyon Road for the other smaller lot).

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