An often overlooked escape is the beautiful Lincoln Mountain Open Space. Located right by Parker, hikers and horseback riders reaching the top, better known as Pikes Peak, are rewarded with a breathtaking view that shows off southern Douglas County and northern El Paso County.
Pikes Peak is a hidden gem for most locals. Make time to take the short day trip and see the green hills and vast forest near the Palmer Divide. In a recent article in the Parker Chronicle, they describe the open space as the southwestern backdrop. A vast amount of the outdoor life with 876 acres, the Lincoln Mountain area is the latest addition to the parks and trails system.
Many visitors and new residents to the Parker community have yet to venture out on its trails. Opening last Labor Day weekend, word is starting to spread. “In spite of a soft opening, people found out about it,” said Cheryl Matthews, director of open space for Douglas County in the recent article. “Counters on the trails showed that 3,300 people were using the trail each month.”
According to the Douglas County Colorado website, the purpose of the open space is to enhance the quality of life for residents by protecting wildlife habitat, natural resources, historic sites, scenic views and Douglas County’s rural heritage while providing a wide range of compatible outdoor recreation and educational opportunities.
Plan a weekend trip to the nearby getaway at Lincoln Mountain Open Space, and take the hike up to Pikes Peak. It is well worth the time to take in the gorgeous surroundings that encompass the community of Parker. The open space is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.