October 21, 2017
Trail(s): Star K Ranch Loop and Sand Creek Greenway between Chambers and North Airport Blvd.
Location: Star K Ranch
Elevation: 5,280 feet
Distance: 3 miles roundtrip
I have a day care dog named Roo on Tuesdays now. She is a Vizsla which is a dog breed from Hungary bred to work as a pointer. Needless to say, she is energetic and goes on 18 mile trail runs with her owner.
I decided to take her to Star K Ranch, part of Aurora’s Open Space and home to Morrison Nature Center. Since I had Roo with me, I didn’t visit the center, but I followed the west side of the loop trail to Sand Creek Greenway where I turned right and headed west. We jogged the soft-surface, gravel trail to Chambers Road. This short half mile led us past an industrial plant on the right and Sand Creek on the left.
At Chambers, we turned around and detoured off the main Sand Creek Trail and followed a single-track trail by the creek. I found it more peaceful to be closer to the tranquil water. Soon the trail came to an end where we joined the Sand Creek Greenway again and followed it east to North Airport Blvd.
While the trail goes beneath both the roads we reached, running this segment both ways plus the loop at Star K Ranch added up to three miles, which is about my limit these days. Poor Roo was probably sorely disappointed that her run was over as she was just getting warmed up.
It was nice to change up my three-mile run from the neighborhood to a trail along the grassy plain beneath the shade of cottonwoods. And Roo enjoyed pointing at the rabbits that took cover in dormant bushes. ETB
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