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Chimney Gulch Trail from Highway 6

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Chimney Gulch Trail from Highway 6 is a 6.4 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: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,742 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Note: Construction at the Windy Saddel trailhead is in effect through Summer 2019. As a result, there is a 0.8 mile detour at the beginning of this trail. For more information, please see https://www.jeffco.us/1440/Windy-Saddle-Park 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
3 days ago

I’d probably rate this as moderate intensity. Anyone can enjoy this beautiful trail. Beware of Rattlers!!! I almost stepped on one coming back and it went into the coil position and started rattling. I jumped back and gave the snake some space and it eventually slipped off into the bush. Just keep your eyes peeled and watch your step.

hiking
9 days ago

Lots to see flowers, Creek. One of the best near Denver.

hiking
12 days ago

My group left Denver around 8:20, heading to the trailhead. Parking was very limited and can be a little tricky if you don’t get there early. The trail was in excellent shape except for the last portion, which is closed for trailhead construction. The final portion of the hike to get to lookout mountain is roadside, and very easy. The wild flowers are in bloom and are beautiful. We saw 5 deer, a field mouse, and plenty of birds. The trail winds through sunny dry portions and cool windy portions of the mountain. It took us around 2 hours to get to the top. The trail didn’t have any tricky or difficult footings. I would rate this as a moderate hike. Beginners and novices can enjoy!

hiking
13 days ago

It was a fairly easy hike gradually going uphill. All out in the sun though (no shade) so go early. The parking areas off 6th had signs no parking so parked at the base of Lookout Mountain. Total round trip with added walk from parking lot cane to a 6.7 mile hike.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked on a Sunday, arrived at 7:00am to an almost empty parking lot. Very busy by 10:00am when I was leaving. Construction kind of ruins the views. Trail was moderately difficult, steady incline the whole time. Trails and trailhead/parking areas aren’t marked the best. Saw quite a few deer, even though it was busy. LOTS of bikers, not all of them were polite.

hiking
18 days ago

made the mistake of going on a hot day. not a lot of shade in the beginning of this trail

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blowdown
off trail
rocky
19 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Good trail, but under construction at the lookout point and wasn’t able to get the whole view.

hiking
over grown
rocky
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is moderate with a steady incline to the nature museum. There are beautiful views of Golden and Denver, and the scenery changes from the bottom (wildflowers) to the top (pine trees). The path is dog friendly, which is an important factor for me. The up and down makes it manageable during a hot, sunny day. I’d recommend starting early in the morning, as the trail becomes fairly busy. There are quite a few mountain bikers. There are many trails in the area, and I plan to do this one again. The current detour, due to construction, adds a bit of mileage along the road, and it will be nice once the full trail reopens.

hiking
closed
rocky
1 month ago

The challenge of this trail is that it’s at a constant incline on rocky and dusty terrain. That said, I didn’t think it was that hard to complete for regular hikers, and much of it was in view of, or right next to, roadways, so a bit less secluded. However, there were still beautiful views the whole way. I saw at least 20 people on the trail (bikers, hikers, families) etc. on a Friday morning, so it seems popular. Also a portion of it is closed- when you hit the closure (parking lot under construction), follow the road up another 3/4 of a mile and look for an orange sign that says detour and a brown metal fence that also has a sign on it. It looks closed, but I went on the trail through that fence, and quickly ran into bikers and hikers coming down from the Lookout Mountain Trail, and it’s not closed up at that end. Shrug. Beautiful hike. I plan to do it again.

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scramble
1 month ago

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muddy
no shade
1 month ago

Beautiful trail....but part of it is closed right now, so there’s a detour. The detour takes you up the main paved road, and it’s not clearly marked where to rejoin the trail. There’s more trail about .8 miles up the road, but it appears closed as well. So I wound up walking up the main road for 2 miles, only to get to Buffalo Bills grave. Not the worst thing in the world, but feel safer on a trail than a narrow road with minimal shoulders and a lot of sharp-ish curves. Hope the last third of the trail reopens soon—in which case, I’d definitely hike Chimney Gulch again

Saw two rattle snakes. Crosses 2 roads. Lookout at top closed. The lookout at top is also the starting spot for lookout mountain trail. Better hikes in the area I’d say.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

I’ve hiked this trail about a dozen times already with the most recent being Thursday 4/11/19. Started off at 12:30pm and didn’t see a single person until I was about halfway back down again. Very muddy especially at the lower elevations and a lot of fresh snow from yesterday’s snow storm at the higher elevations, especially on the northern facing slopes. Very fun hike, one of my favorites to do around Golden.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

closed
3 months ago

Section of trail closed at Windy Saddle trailhead. When you reach the closure follow lookout mountain road for two sets of switchbacks then take the brown gate to your right on the NW side of road to pick up trail again. Parks is adding a permanent bathroom structure and redoing the trailhead.

hiking
muddy
snow
4 months ago

I lost a go pro on it Saturday 3/15. If you found it please contact me

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike with great views

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Starts right off of highway 6. Large amounts of ice in some spots. We didn't have crampons so we weren't able to make it all the way. If you go soon make sure that you have crampons or snowshoes. Would definitely do again once the snow is melted.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

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