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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Nov. 17, 20: Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority Announces the Opening of Incline Challenge

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

Located immediately west of the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility, a parking lot has been designated for visitors at the bottom of the Incline. Visitors should turn west off of Heirloom Parkway when they reach the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility, and continue west to the designated Incline parking area. The Incline features 132 steps and the Rosie Rueter Trail loop that leads to and from the parking lot is just over a 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 Douglas 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 

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


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.