Belcher Hill

MODERATE 50 reviews

Belcher Hill is a 3.9 mile loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
994 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

views

rocky

Parking: Park on the north side of the road. This trailhead is on the south side of the road, opposite the parking. Good to Know: This trail can be hard to navigate! Download the map or memorize the turns! On the north side of the parking lot there is a loop that is over 11 miles, unlike this 4 mile loop. This trailhead is on the south side of the road, opposite the parking. Highlights: This trail had a blend of sun and shade, incline and decline, and vegetation. This loop could make a great trail run, whereas the other larger loop has lots of loose rock.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty hike and a good workout but WAY too many mountain bikes. No exaggeration, we passed (or got passed by) 75+ bikes today. We hiked about 8.5 miles (Belcher to Mustang to Sawmill and back) and there were bikes throughout the entire way.

trail running
2 months ago

Solid run! With lots of trails to make it longer/shorter. I’d recommend heading down mustang trail and back up belcher to make the loop. Otherwise, doing the opposite, you’ll have quite the climb up mustang for the end of your run. Mountain bikers on the trail too, keep your head up!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike in the snow on Monday. Be careful about the route. Belcher hill trail itself is only a section of the loop indicated. You have to connect to mustang trail which loops back to the belcher Hill trail. If you make the mistake of staying on Belcher Hill trail, you will end of taking yourself far away from the parking lot and will need to turn around for a steep climb to get back on track. Also take note that the beginning of the loop begins on the opposite side of the road as the parking lot, although you will see signs for Belcher Hill trail on that parking lot side as it continues that way as well. The scenery is gorgeous, although my experience was one with limited visibility due to the snowfall. The trip took me about 2.5 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a beautiful day to hike and the trail was very nice. Not too many people, more MTB than hikers but they were very courteous.
We did some geocaching along the route and had a lovely day.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views. Good mix of up and downs. Used as a mountain biking track so watch for them as you go. Really well maintained trail. Mostly shady so would be a good hike for summer too.

hiking
5 months ago

We did our own path and took Mustang, to Longhorn to make a loop. It wound up at about 7 miles. Nice hike through woods at first then pretty exposed the rest of the loop. This hike can get crowded with bikers so be aware. Not much water so make sure you bring plenty for your four legged friends. This is a nice hike that is very close to Denver. No water features or spectacular views but a nice hike if you just want to get away. Great views of Denver and the eastern plains.

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful day and area. wide open spaces, great panorama views of Golden. only caution is the bikers on the trail are moving at a high rate of speed. most were courteous.

11 months ago

Beautiful trails.

hiking
11 months ago

Foot traffic: Heavy in April
Parking: Lot found with directions from AllTrails. park on the north side of the road.
Good to Know: This trail can be hard to navigate! Download the map or memorize the turns! We got lost a few times because we took the trailhead on the north side of the parking lot. That loop is over 11 miles, we wanted the 4 mile loop. This trailhead is on the south side of the road, opposite the parking.
Highlights: This trail had a blend of sun and shade, incline and decline, and vegetation. This loop could make a great trail run, whereas the other larger loop has lots of loose rock.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful area, great day hike. Fairly difficult with incline most of the way and very windy. Lots of bikers. One important point of clarification - "Belcher Hill" is not really a loop trail itself. It is more so an area with tons of connecting trails, mainly the "Belcher Hill Trail" (separate AllTrails search result). We started what we thought would be a 4.1 m loop today which ended up being 7+ once we used other trails to get us back to the main parking lot. I'd definitely recommend getting a trail map and designing route ahead of time. Have never gotten lost before on a hike but this was a first for me.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Loved the trail. Went out Belcher and caught Mustang. Beautiful weather and views!!!

hiking
Monday, October 20, 2014

We took Belcher Hill Part of either Wrangler or Longsomething, and evertually to "steep trail" for a very steep but fun hike down. This park is a hidden gem! The hikes are fun and moderate, and the views of Golden and some glimpses of the city, as well as a grand view of two nearby resevoirs, gives the hike a nice feel. Problematically, there is a nearby gravel pit which is loud and somewhat an eyesore. That being said, I loved the hike we took. I saw a ton of bikers and I'm not certain why - it did not seem a particularly nice bike trail and was rather rocky and somewhat steep. I saw many people hiking and carrying their bikes. For hikers though, it made for a fantastic 2 hour dayhike!

hiking
Saturday, September 06, 2014

**!! Trail closed **!!
The tracks listed on this trail are for 2 different trails making it a loop, the first part Belcher Hill trail is open and is actually a fairly easy hike especially once get up on top of the hill. The way back is called Mustang trail and it is closed due to flooding issues. I still went ahead and followed it, for the most part it is pretty manageable but once you get along the creek the trail is getting very overgrown, it's still easy to follow but you'll be in the bush. The views from the top of Belcher hill are great and that trail is definitely kid friendly. Mustang trail (the closed one) is more difficult especially on the switch backs on the way back up.

**!! You can make this a shorter loop by taking the Sawmill trail and looping back to Belcher trail.

hiking
Monday, May 20, 2013

A steep and rocky trails and a good training hill. Way too many bikers that forget to yield to hikers. Because the park is contained in a small area there is much up and down elevations gains. Dog owners and visitors to the park agree that all dog owners should not litter the trail with dog bags. LEAVE NO TRACE. A better area to hike when the weather is cooler in the spring or late fall. At the time of this review the wild flowers were alert and beautiful. Saw a little girl with picked wildflowers and my heart sank. Where there were 100 flowers, there are 10 now due to this kind of practice.

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