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.

6.9 miles 1768 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.

hiking
23 minutes ago

Plenty of switchbacks and stepping off the trail for mountain bikes on the Chimney Gulch portion. The Lookout Mountain trail is nicer: better views with cool shady pines. Pretty crowded.

4 days ago

5 days ago

Beautiful views at the top. Better views before cont' on Lookout Mt Trail. WAY TOO MANY BIKERS. Constantly stepping to the side.

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19 days ago

Great hike up to some awesome views!

27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike. Incline at first but beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

More of a medium than hard and I'm not an avid hiker. Worth the views

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5 months ago

This was an enjoyable trail. I hiked it a few years ago with my youngest on my back.

If this was near Dallas, it would be five stars! But this is Colorado and the bar is higher. :)

5 months ago

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

5 months 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.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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