The 876-acre Lincoln Mountain Open Space is open to the public for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The open space will be open from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset. Dogs must be kept on leash . Refer to the rules and regulation sign in the parking lot for additional information. Maps are provided at the trailhead. The property, located at 7333 Jones Road in southern Douglas County, is .6 miles west of State Highway 83 on Jones Road.
Douglas County acquired the open space in two separate transactions in 2009 and 2010. The initial 771-acre property was previously known as Palmer Divide Ranch on West Cherry Creek. The additional 105 acres was comprised of three 35-acre parcels in a development known as Estates at Living Water. The additional property provided protection for the entire top of Lincoln Mountain.
The Palmer Divide Ranch on West Cherry Creek was previously planned for development as a Rural Site Plan. The downturn in the economy provided the opportunity for the County to acquire the ranch for open space. The ranch is adjacent to and highly visible from State Highway 83, contains unique geologic formations, has historically been a working cattle and hay ranch, has high value wildlife habitat, contains over one mile of West Cherry Creek that is habitat for the federally threatened Prebles Meadow jumping mouse, and provides significant recreational opportunities.
The additional 105–acre property protects the Lincoln Mountain butte that is highly visible from I-25, Highway 83, and several rural roadways and added four miles to the trail system.
From the trailhead, one can hike, bike, or ride a horse on the 4 mile upper loop which takes users to the top of Lincoln Mountain from which Pikes Peak to Longs Peak can be seen on a clear day. The climb is slightly challenging but the views and the descent back down makes it well worth it. From the intersection .4 of a mile from the parking lot, one can take the other trail and enjoy the 4.5 mile loop that incorporates a variety of terrain from wide open prairie to slower paced technical rock sections. This lower loop winds through Gambel oak and Ponderosa pine. A picnic area is located near West Cherry Creek where one can stop under a beautiful willow tree and relax.
There is a private area in the middle of the property where homes and barns are located that is off-limits to the public. The area is leased to Praying Hands Ranch that utilizes the property as a satellite facility for equine therapy for veterans and for adults and children with physical and emotional disabilities. Praying Hands Ranch also maintains the fields for production of hay.
Directions to Lincoln Mountain are as follows: located .6 miles west of State Highway 83 on Jones Road. The open space will be open from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset. Dogs must be kept on leash. Refer to the rules and regulation sign as you leave the parking lot for additional information. Maps are provided at the trailhead.
|Land Category:||Agricultural, wildlife habitat, recreation|
|Conservation Tool:||Fee Title|
|Partners:||Great Outdoors Colorado|
|Location:||West of Highway 83 in Southern Douglas County|
|Conservation Easement Holder:||Douglas Land Conservancy|
|Access:||Trailhead located at 7333 Jones Road|