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Goat Mountain Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Chatfield State Park

Goat Mountain Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Littleton, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 2,329 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

Closed

No shade

Private property

No dogs

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Getting There

NOTE: Dogs are not allowed in order to protect the bighorn sheep herds. A canyon road to a ridge trail leading to a south Denver overlook The first part is along the waterton canyon trail. As you walk look for some pipes that are about 20 ft in the air that cross the road to the north side. The steep trail starts under those pipes on the left side of the draw to the spur. This spur takes you to the ridge and then up to the peak. Near the top the trail fades in and out (call it a game trail), just keep on the ridge and head towards the mountain top. This is one of the most fun hikes in Southwest Denver. It is not well known, so you are not likely to encounter any other people on the hike. You will get great views of southwest Denver, and have a fun / challenging 1/2 day. This is not a particularly well marked trail, and there is some very steep and loose areas. Do not attempt unless you are an experienced hiker who is in good condition. This canyon is home to a large heard of bighorn sheep. Keep your eyes peeled, and you are likely to spot some.

For rules and regulations visit: http://www.denverwater.org/Recreation/

Due to bighorn sheep in the area you cannot bring your dog. This hike is best in early spring / late fall. There is no shade so it is very hot The first 1.3 mi is on a dirt road. Consider bringing a bike and locking it to the pipes where the trail starts. There is no shade so this hike is brutal in the summer. It is easier to see the trail without vegetation as well. Pants are helpful for the bushwhacking on the top 1/4 of this trail. The brush will likely cut up your legs in shorts. If you include the road probably 4 mi of this trail is "runnable"

Take C-470 to the Wadsworth/Chatfield exit. Go south on Hwy 121 for several miles to the Waterton Canyon trailhead. Park in the parking lot to the east.

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Reviews (197)
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Recordings (119)
Completed (380)
Joey Dodson
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Hiking

THE TRAIL AND PARKING LOT ARE FENCED OFF DUE TO COVID-19. The sign said it would be closed indefinitely until further notice.

Alex Matthews
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HikingSnow
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Luke Lafko
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow
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Chris Friday
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No shadeOver grownPrivate propertyRockyScrambleSnow

The most unique hike I've done in a while and also the most exhausting. this is an extremely taxing hike, but worth it. Spikes recommended for stretches of the hike

Jessica P
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HikingOver grownPrivate propertyScramble

Good option for a challenging hike near town. Trail is overgrown with scrub in parts - pants recommended. I lost the trail once on the way up and twice on the way down - it gets thin and confusing in spots. Ended up downclimbing a cliff at one point.

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Michael Cibelli
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

12/1/19 - It was an enjoyable hike. The snow on the trail was a mix of none, 3 inches, and 12 inches. It did get icy in spots and we had to put on our spikes. It made the steep ascents and descents much easier and safer. As others have mentioned there is no shade, which this time of year is a good thing. The sun kept us nice and warm. Be careful when you turn off the road and start heading up the mountain. Its easy to miss the trail and follow the wrong footsteps in the snow. The Long Horm Sheep are certainly out there. We ran into a few heading out, which was great. On the way back we ran in to the herd, 15+, grazing on the trail. It was a great opportunity for pictures but it was also a problem getting down. We went off trail to get around them and they seem to not care about us. We got closer than I would have liked. So they seem to be comfortable with hikers but you never know so be aware.

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Alex Matthews
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

There are some great scrambles that start around mile 3. This isn’t for novice hikers. Some of the scrambles are very steep. I got scared a few times coming back down. The trail becomes difficult to follow in some sections. I highly recommend downloading the map. It helped me get back on track a few times. I went in November and the weather was perfect. I would not use this trail in the summer. I didn’t make it to the summit. I didn’t feel comfortable doing the last scramble I got to. Awesome experience though. I would highly recommend this trail if you are looking for some good scrambles.

Sarah Janci
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Hiked this on 11/3/19. Only went 3 miles out due to it being late in the day, but have hiked this before and calculated it as 7.75 miles round trip. Very long with multiple false summits. Some mud and very little snow. Many parts were overgrown so it’s good to have pants and sleeves to protect from scratchy branches. Saw sooo many bighorn sheep - they didn’t seem to mind us much and they were neat to see. Great option for a strenuous hike very close to Denver. Saw previous reports of trail closures but didn’t experience that myself.

David Besen
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Hiking

Not a sanctioned trail. Private property and no trespassing signs in several locations.

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Dan Axelson
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Hiking

Only did about 3.5 miles but the views were pretty crazy. Tons of wildlife too.

Rachel Whittington
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HikingNo shadeOver grownPrivate propertyRockyScramble

Plenty of parking and only a few other people on this trail. I went on Oct 12, 2019 and there were only a few spots of snow in the shade. I think this trail would be really hot in the summer and really difficult in the snow, so fall would be the best time. I didn't see any goats, but views were awesome the whole way. The trail was slightly confusing and I got a little lost on the way back, so pay close attention to the cairns. The false summits are true...once you reach the top of one peak, another one pops up in front of you. Knowing that going into it made it not so bad. Also, lots of loose rock and it almost made the downhill more difficult than the uphill.

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