Chimney Gulch Trail from Highway 6

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Chimney Gulch Trail from Highway 6 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.

hiking
6 days ago

foothill hike city feel but beautiful views at the top

hiking
7 days ago

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hiking
12 days ago

trail running
18 days ago

Learned a tough lesson last night. Decided to kick out one of the tougher legs of Golden Hell Week with a night run last night up Lookout Mountain. Chimney Gulch was mostly clear and not too bad until the parking lot. Then, the trail turned mostly to a sheet of ice. I regretted not wearing spikes but forged ahead all the same, at some points crawling on all fours (up) and crab walking (down). Don't be fooled by early trail conditions.

Still, this is one of my favorites generally and I highly recommend it. Just be prepared.

If you are a hardcore trail runner this is a great one!

28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

1 month ago

Fun close in hike. Go all the way to Lookout. You’ll experience dry high plain areas lower and then alpine higher. Decent temperature swing too.

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1 month ago

Challenging but not hard. Fair number of mountain bikers. Start early. View from Lookout is spectacular.

trail running
1 month ago

Wasn't as steep as I expected, great place to trail run. Good elevation climb but not crazy steep or super rocky. The first section is completely exposed, the second section (between the two intersections with Lookout Mountain Road) is part woods/part exposure, the third section is almost all woods. Be sure and cross the road at the top and run around the Nature Preserve, easy and flat but very pretty.

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike!!

2 months ago

Just did 8miles. Great trail. However it's marked at the trail head as Chimney Gulch. Great views and switch backs. We are from Ohio, we bike, rub, and work out.. This trail was moderate. We had some good beer afterwards at the Golden brewery

2 months ago

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