Chimney Gulch Trail

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Chimney Gulch Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Golden, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.9 miles 1630 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail is an advanced climb to the top of Lookout Mountain. It crosses Lookout Mountain Road several times. Be careful crossing the road. Watch for cars and road cyclists. To add more to this ride, you can hook it up with the top of Apex trail near the top of the Enchanted Forest trail. Prescribed trail difficulty: Advanced due to technical singletrack and good climb. 95% singletrack, 5% dirt driveway/crossing roads. Prescribed trail: From the parking lot, take the singletrack heading up toward Lookout Mountain. In about 0.8 miles you will come to a section that looks like someone's dirt driveway (because it is). Go left and the singletrack trail will then continue to your right. Follow this for another 0.2 miles and you will come to your first crossing of Lookout Mountain road (about 1 mile from the trail head). Be very careful crossing the road, watch for car and bicycle traffic. Continue up the Chimney Gulch trail for another 1.5 miles where you will cross the Lookout Mountain road once again. Go to the parking lot across the road and the singletrack continues. In about 0.2 miles, you will intersect with the Beaver Brook trail (hiker only). Don't take this. Take a hard left and continue on the trail. In about 0.8 miles you will be at the top of the climb and on the Lookout Mountain trail. Continue on the Lookout Mountain trail by crossing the road (Colorow Road) and taking the singletrack just to the right of the entrance to the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve. Take this trail for another 1.1 trails as it follows Colorow Road to the intersection with Lookout Mountain Road. Turn around at this intersection. Descend the way you came, back to the parking lot. Extra notes: If you want to make a longer ride, continue on the Lookout Mountain trail as it parallels Colorow Road and hook this ride up with the Apex ride. The top of the Apex ride is about 1.1 miles away from the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve.

1 day ago

had to run this in college, much more enjoyable hike. but a nice sense of accomplishment when you reach the top

4 days ago

This was an okay hike. Google maps takes you to trailhead at the top such that you hike down and then back up so its opposite of a traditional hike! Also wasn't wowed by the views and lots of mountain bikers. There are much prettier trails to check out.

5 days ago

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10 days ago

A tad hard to navigate at first. But otherwise a great and fairly challenging hike if you start from the bottom!

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18 days ago

Good hike with the dog. Great views of golden. More bikers than I would prefer on a hike.

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24 days ago

Gulch was beautiful when I made it. Nice, steady climb for the hike. Mostly in the sun but a bit of shade along the way.

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2 months ago

Not the greatest views and gets pretty heavily trafficked by mountain bikes, but a decent hike nonetheless.

3 months ago

Loved this trail. It is a quick loop! Can get snowy and icy in the winter, but now it is a perfect hike. Has nice views of golden!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

I liked this trail in that it was a little bit of a workout hiking up. I didn't like the fact that there wasn't much shade. We started around 11am so the sun was beating down on us. The view at the top is beautiful and if you continue on up to Lookout mountain it is a much more shaded trail.

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4 months ago

Wonderful trail

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4 months ago

Hiked this with my girlfriends today (Memorial Day.) it was a super fun trail! we ended up taking the connector trail up to Lookout. Couple of things we noted: 1) it was super busy. being a holiday, everyone was out and about but this trail became super jam packed with hikers and mountain bikers a little later. I would hit this trail earlier in the day (before 9am to help cut down on traffic.) 2)parking was atrocious. we ended up parking on the backside of the School of mines and doing the additional .5 miles under the bridge to the trail (this was pretty, right next to the river and shaded.) 3)people were rude and did not follow trail etiquette regarding passing; so keep your ears out for bikers and runners behind you.
in all, this was an enjoyable hike.

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4 months ago

Cool view at the top

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5 months ago

We were a bit slow to start, trying to find where the trail started. We ended up starting the trail right off of Lookout Mountain Rd. Parking is very tight right off that road, yon need to be careful of the cyclist and other cars. But once we got going..it was nice. It's a rocky trail for some of the way. we passed by an old car that must have missed it's corner at the top..:( you go over a couple of cute little bridges, into a nice wooded area. Reminded me of Washington State. We also saw a fox running around in a little open field.

5 months ago