The Scenic Circles

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Sensation Point

Sensation Point
on the Lariat Trail
from an old postcard

"The system, roughly speaking, covers an area of 150 square miles, and begins twelve miles from Denver. An eight mile concrete roadway extends from Denver to the foot of the first park on Lookout Mountain. The circle trip from Denver, returning by way of Morrison, the southern gateway, is sixty-five miles, of which fifty is exclusively over mountain roadways."

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As driven in 1918

Denver's Scenic Circle Trip -- C

Circle Trip C

Circle Trip C.  A clockwise circle from Denver to Rock Rest, south along hogback to Morrison, Bear Creek Canyon to Evergreen, north through Genesee Park and over Lookout Mountain, down Lariat Trail to Golden, return to Rock Rest and east on Colfax to Denver. The foothills portion of Circle C is similar to today's Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway, but the latter incorporates highway routes modified slightly since the days when the original circle trips were developed.

This scenic circle defines the basic foothills loop taking in the mountain parks along Bear Creek, as well as those at Evergreen, Bergen Park, and Lookout Mountain. To drive through Genesee Park, take the Chief Hosa exit from I-70. The return trip includes downhill travel on the Lariat Trail Scenic Mountain Drive, for a total, historically, of 68.2 miles round trip.

Milepoints along the way are shown in white circles.

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Historic description of Circle Trip C:

Tips for taking this route today: 6th Avenue now connects the hogback road (Hwy 93) with Golden's 19th Avenue at the base of the Lariat Trail. Drive the foothills loop portion in either direction. Lariat Loop brochures available at museums and other sites suggest interpretive stops in Golden and along the route. Newer roads in the Evergreen/Bergen Park area will arrive at the same destinations as the older routes (except Troutdale does not survive). Dedisse Park at Evergreen Lake is now just west off the main route at Evergreen.

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