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Take on the Rueter-Hess Incline Challenge beginning Thanksgiving Day

Residents will be able to access the Incline and surrounding trails from sunrise to sunset

Rueter-Hess Incline

The Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority (RHRA) has announced that its new Incline Challenge and trail will be open to the public beginning Nov. 26, 2020*.  The Incline and surrounding trails, which are the are the first phase of the Recreational Master Plan, will be open from sunup to sundown seven days a week.

A parking lot has been designated for visitors at the bottom of the Incline, off of Heirloom Parkway. Visitors should follow the road west, past the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility, to the designated parking area. The Incline features 132 steps and the trail loop to and from the parking lot is approximately one mile long.

“We know that residents have been anxiously waiting for regular recreation activities to open at Rueter-Hess. We are very happy to have Phase I complete and the Incline ready for public use,” said RHRA President Darcy Beard.

The RHRA and Douglas County will hold a grand opening event in the spring, once the County’s new East/West Regional Trail (which will connect to the Incline trails) is complete.

RHRA’s full Recreational Master Plan, including information and future plans for recreation at Rueter-Hess Reservoir, can be viewed at

Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority is a regional collaboration of six local governments working together to bring recreational opportunities to Rueter-Hess Reservoir. The Authority is made up of Parker Water, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Parker, City of Castle Pines, City of Lone Tree and Douglas County.

*Unless new COVID-19 restrictions are implemented that prevent its use.

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