Chimney Gulch Trail

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Chimney Gulch Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Golden, Colorado 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.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1768 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

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.

7 days ago

Very good hike. Very little parking and the map AllTrails has to get there is wrong... drive up 19th street and you'll see a small parking spot on the left.
Once you get to the top just jump onto Lookout Mountain trail if you want more.

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8 days ago

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8 days ago

Great hike, however traffic and parking getting there are a bit of nightmare... spent more time driving up to and down from the large trail head parking lot as there was no space at the lower trail head then we spent on the hike itself.

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17 days ago

Very nice hike traffic got heavier later in the day and there was more car traffickers c that you could hear. We started in golden the chimney gulch trail than continued up lookout mountain. Great hike took around 2.5 hours for us but we aren't in tremendous shape....yet. More shade on lookout but I felt chimney was much more peaceful, more wildflowers and full of nature sounds.

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23 days ago

I hiked this trail with a friend in the early afternoon of July 29th. We were in downtown Golden and wanted a moderate trail we could get to without a car. We acquired a map of the Golden trails from the Visitor Center and decided to take the Chimney Gulch Trail. We had difficulty finding the trail from the paved trails along Clear Creek. We eventually followed the first sign directing us to Chimney Gulch. Then there was a tunnel and a diverging path and it was unclear which way to go. You need to go through the tunnel, which we did not understand until too late...

Once we went through the tunnel (which passes under 6), we were able to follow the trail with ease. We really enjoyed out time on the trail and followed it until the trail head for Lookout Mountain.

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1 month ago

I always recommend this trail when the weather has been more gloomy/rainy. that way it's not too hot, you see more wild life like deer and birds, but you're not scared of the rain because you're not too high up. For the best experience, combine with the look out mountain trail.

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2 months ago

A great out and back trail close to Denver. Large sections have little to no shade. Most of the trail is pretty narrow -- there were a lot of mountain bikers -- so we often had to hug the sides to let them through.

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