Chimney Gulch Trail from Highway 6

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Colorow Mountain Park

Chimney Gulch Trail from Highway 6 is a 6.5 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: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,755 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

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.

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rocky
5 days ago

Definitely a great hike for a cooler day in the late spring/summer. Some parts are shaded towards the top but it’s mostly exposed. No mud despite the rain last night. Wouldn’t describe this as hard but it is a moderate hike.

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no shade
24 days ago

Heavily trafficked out and back. Nothing difficult as far as terrain just a steady uphill from start to finish. If you connect one of the trails at the top you can add up to 10 additional miles. Effectively completely dry. Almost no shade wear sunscreen and bring a hat.

Lots of bikers and pretty narrow. Could not find formal look out but pretty and relatively easy hike!

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rocky
28 days ago

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bridge out
28 days ago

My husband and I finish this one in 2:30hrs. We power walk our way down tho. Beautiful hike in a beautiful day!

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rocky
1 month ago

Went on the hike today morning. The trail is narrow which made it impossible in most areas for others coming the opposite direction to cross without stepping off the trail. Or vise versa. Bicyclists utilized that trail as well. Aside from that the views were beautiful!

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no shade
1 month ago

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1 month ago

For being a stone's throw from Denver, you simply cannot beat this trail. Lookout Mtn. Trail is currently still a little muddy if you choose to venture on. Be mindful as this is a very common mountain biking trail. This trail is still legal to hike during the stay-at-home order but Buffalo Bill's grave itself is closed.

Just did the front bit. Not muddy. Always see snakes in the bottom part- just be aware.

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1 month ago

Love it for a close to home, get it worked out hike.

Great trail. Lots of sun. A little bit of mud and ice at top

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1 month ago

Trail is actually ~4.4 miles out and back. Great shape as of today, able to trail run 90% of it

Awesome trail near Golden. You park just west of the Coors factory, parking on the right off 58th. Incredible views back of downtown denver and the town of Golden. Creeks, inclines, when you get to the top the Boetcher mansion if great. Saw 7 deer in the trail and some old cars down in the ravine. The trail gets woodsy towards the top which is more shaded. Incredible views out to the west of Idaho springs area, highly recommended trail only 25 minutes from Denver.

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1 month ago

Way too many people on the trail on a Tuesday and not enough people giving space to properly social distance. Also the trail passes houses, and you have to cross the road multiple times. I did not enjoy this hike and would not recommend.

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