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 -- G

Circle Trip G

Circle Trip G.  A clockwise double loop, or figure eight, from Denver to Rock Rest, south along hogback to Morrison, Bear Creek Canyon to Evergreen. Second loop takes Squaw Pass west to Echo Lake Park, with a side trip (out-and-back) to Summit Lake Park and Mt. Evans. Return via Idaho Springs, Bergen, Lookout Mountain, Golden and return to Denver via Rock Rest.

This scenic circle incorporates the basic foothills loop taking in the mountain parks along Bear Creek, but ties to a second loop westward that is now the Mt. Evans Scenic & Historic Byway. The return trip includes downhill travel on the Lariat Trail Scenic Mountain Drive, for a total, historically, of 143.3 miles round trip.

Milepoints along the way are shown in white circles.

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Historic description of Circle Trip G:

Tips for taking this route today: Side trip to Mt. Evans is now a fee area (US Forest Service). For a more direct return trip, take Interstate 70 eastbound at Idaho Springs picking up the Lookout Mountain (Lariat Trail) Road at the Genesee exit, or return to Denver by continuing on I-70, which follows historic Mt. Vernon Canyon shown on this map.

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