I really liked this hike, and thank you Greg for the recommendation to start the loop to the L. I'm not sue about it being really steep, I've been on much worse for a short hike, but yes- this one catches elevation and it's BEAUTIFUL because of it. Very well sign posted and the trail is well worn/used. MOST people followed the leashed dog rule although there were quite a few running free, which I didn't have a problem with but my leashed dog was far from impressed. I LOVED the views of the valleys and on a clear day you can see the whole city of Denver and beyond. I'd recommend starting from this side over the other one because it had a true parking lot where the other route is in the middle of a neighborhood and you have to park on the side of the street which isn't ideal.

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4 days ago

This logged 10.8 miles for me. I went counterclockwise and it was a good mix of ups and downs. Saw about 10 people hiking/running/biking on a tuesday midday. Did this one solo and seemed safe. Never saw any animals or tracks. Id say its on the low side of moderate. I got caught in a thunderstorm though for about 2/3 of the hike so that was unfortunate. Will def do again on a sunnier day. Theres also 2 lots for parking. No fees. Just check the hike/bike days for the weekends. Otherwise weekdays are fair game! I posted the map too!

hiking
13 days ago

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18 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail! Heads up, our pup got bit by a rattlesnake on the trail. He didn't make a noise but we happened to see a small rattlesnake in a rock area on the loop. We got him to the hospital and they confirmed it was a snake bite. Keep your eyes open & be on the lookout.

Our first hike/trail in Denver! Loved it. Very little shade. Wide trail. Gorgeous views. We saw a caribou! So quiet and peaceful. The buses out in the field threw us off, but we used them for a break from the sun. Saw about 10 people the whole time. Can't wait to come back!

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike with some decent views. Went on July 4th so it was pretty packed with humans and pups, but still a nice place to be.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this today, and really liked it. Short hike, but good elevation, and very close to downtown Golden. Yes its short, but don't think it's easy!! Certainly not a 14'er, but for a short, local mountain park, this will get your heart pumping!! Trail starts from the parkIng lot, nice and gentle.....but then it rapidly picks up elevation. Very rocky trail, most of the way, so this is definitely one to wear good hiking boots. Many places on the trail where rocks are set as steps. Also, this trail doesn't s NOT allow bikes - so if your a hiker that doesn't like dodging the mountain bikers, then this is for you. Last: when you get to the Mt Galbraith loop, I suggest going left....little more gradual uphill. The f you go right, the elevation changes rapidly, with a lot of rock steps, and I would prefer to go down those in!!