Goat Mountain Trail

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Goat Mountain Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Littleton, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.

6.9 miles 2361 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A canyon road to a ridge trail leading to a south Denver overlook The first part is along the waterton canyon trail. As you walk look for some pipes that are about 20 ft in the air that cross the road to the north side. The steep trail starts under those pipes on the left side of the draw to the spur. This spur takes you to the ridge and then up to the peak. Near the top the trail fades in and out (call it a game trail), just keep on the ridge and head towards the mountain top. This is one of the most fun hikes in Southwest Denver. It is not well known, so you are not likely to encounter any other people on the hike. You will get great views of southwest Denver, and have a fun / challenging 1/2 day. This is not a particularly well marked trail, and there is some very steep and loose areas. Do not attempt unless you are an experienced hiker who is in good condition. This canyon is home to a large heard of bighorn sheep. Keep your eyes peeled, and you are likely to spot some.

1 month ago

No trail once you get to the part where you get off the road

hiking
3 months ago

The trail has steep sections of loose sand and rock. Brush grows over the trail in many places. Recommend long pants and trekking poles.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views of Waterton Canyon. Not much tree cover and lots of cactus. No dogs allowed here, so no bags along the trail!

6 months ago

Awesome hike...watch out for rattlesnakes!!! I didn't notice one when we stopped for a break. Little guy started a loud rattle behind me and scared the crap out of me. Luckily we weren't on a steeper part of the trail to make a quick getaway.

7 months ago

1 year ago

It was a paved road with little shade. You shared the trail with construction vehicles and bikes and animals. The big horn sheep were amazing. Not sure where goat mountain is but the Waterton trail was nice-- 6mile there and 6 miles back-- 12 miles total.

1 year ago

Great

1 year ago

Headed to Littleton to hike this trail, it took me to Waterton Canyon. No markers at all on the trail, walked 5 miles, never found this trail:( Great Wall on the main road, follows the river, saw some mountain goats though.

1 year ago

Awesome Hike, Great views. best time to go is early spring. Don't mind the wind.

2 years ago

great hike. lots of places to get lost if u can't find the markers. great view at end. I wrote my name in the log /book at the top. the log started on 2001.... so Ya it's still there with a sharp pencil! good luck! completely worth it!

hiking
2 years ago

This was a good hike, but a few cautionary notes. Lots of scrub oak, wear pants. Summer wasn't the best time to hike it. It was about 87° on this lovely August day. When they invent sunscreen and hats I'll remember to wear them. If you think the scramble up the loose stuff is bad, you'll hate it on the way down. The positive bits: The trail is pretty easy to stay on. Some considerate person made rock totems to help guide us in some of the less obvious places...thanks! The view is great. This trail is not heavily trafficked by people.

hiking
2 years ago

This is one of my favorite hikes. Hardly ever see anyone on trail, its rugged and it will test you and towards the end will test your route finding skills. I would suggest doing this early in the summer, or in the spring fall it gets hot and not much places to escape the sun. The actual trail starts with a steep and lose climb up to the ridge from Waterton Canyon. This is probably the most physically demanding section of the hike. Once you get to the ridge, most of the trail is easy to follow, but the bushes are tight. Then after the third false summit you will see a fairly intimidating wall. I found the best way to get to the top was go through the tree's on the right and then cut up. Once you reach the ridge, the trail is very tough to follow, but just stay on the ridge you will pick up traces of it from here to there. The actual summit will have a rusty pole and is a small scramble to the top. All in all one of my favorite hikes to do just due to the sheer ruggedness of the hike, make sure you bring your big boy or girl pants.

hiking
2 years ago

This is a very challenging trail fit for ambitious hikers. Despite a leisurely stroll from the parking lot, the trail veers immediately at the overhead pipes into a steep scramble up loose rocks and dirt. Though the trail levels out into moderate incline for most of the remaining hike, there a few more instances of scrambling and pseudo rock climbing, especially towards the top of the false summits. Helpful hikers past have left cairns to mark the trail, but we still did a bit of second guessing on the way back down. Despite the challenges, the views throughout the hike - north east toward downtown Denver, west toward the Summit, and south down the canyon - are well worth it. It was a very peaceful and isolated hike; we encountered at most 6 people after leaving the main road. Without shame, we made it to the last false summit before turning back because of dangerously strong wind gusts. It just means we'll have to try again, hopefully next time with a few animal sightings!

hiking
2 years ago

One of my favorites. We were the only ones on the trail and saw many goats. I'd recommend doing this in the fall or winter, there is no tree cover and would be hot mid summer. Trail starts with scrambling out of the right side of the canyon at the pipes. We had no problem following the trail.

hiking
4 years ago

Really fantastic views! Saw two rattlesnakes on the trail so be very careful if you hike this one! Difficult trail to find as it is not marked on the canal trail. The trail head is underneath the large water pipe and the on the left straight up the face.