Goat Mountain Trail

HARD 79 reviews
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Goat Mountain Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Littleton, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2372 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 day ago

So many false summits!

hiking
8 days ago

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8 days ago

10 days ago

Would be a five if it were called Sheep Mountain Trail JS

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

I've lived in Colorado for exactly one year and this was one of my favorites to date. Hiking in early November was ideal as there is a lot of exposure to the sun. The cool morning was perfect for the ascent. The trailhead is easy to find. You can't miss the massive water pipes that will pass over your head. Just turn right at the pipes and you'll see the trail. I was the only person on the trail, although there was plenty of traffic on the Waterton Canyon trail. There were several Bighorn Sheep to gawk at. They continued eating grass as I walked right past them.
The trail is steep and rocky in parts and fairly easy going in others. It gets steeper and rockier as you climb.
The views were spectacular. I was however slightly disappointed with the summit view because there are houses that become visible as you step up on the summit.
The descent was slow going in parts due to the loose rock and steep terrain. It is easy to get off the trail on the way down in the rocky areas where you lose sight of the well beaten path. Just look for the many cairns and stay on the top of the ridge. I had to backtrack once and built a cairn to help the next hiker.
The recommendation to wear hiking pants in other reviews was very good advice. I came out without a scratch as I pushed through the areas with thick brush.
I highly recommend this hike for someone that would like a little more of a challenge and seclusion.

hiking
1 month ago

It was storming in Boulder and points north - thought we could escape the rain to the south. The road at the base had lots of traffic - bikes and walkers, but on the trail we didn't see a sole. The hike starts BETWEEN the overhead water pipes to the RIGHT. Nice views going up to maybe first false peak, then we were in the clouds..light rain and snow fell most of this time - yes, we got wet - and it gave the whole experience an other worldly feel. Most of trail was easy to follow, but at the top there were cairns for navigation. Coming back we got seriously turned around and ended up at the summit again thinking it was another false peak! Visibility was not great, so i can't blame the markings... Very fun!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Those false summits will getcha. Very rewarding hike.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Eh, so so.

You have to suffer through a mile and a half of a gravel road before you get to the trailhead. But don't blink, it's unmarked. Once on the trail you basically have to billy goat your way up loose rocks.

On the plus side, you'll likely see big horn sheep. And the river is nice to walk along.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

So much fun! Challenging climb that leads to great views! Saw a decapitated snake on the way, and unimaginably large swarms of lady bugs at the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

Great rewarding trail! The trail is pretty narrow and you have to wade through plant life several times. The views and overall fun it offers is well worth the hike. We did see two rattlesnakes, both of which I almost walked on top of so definitely watch out for those! Highly recommend though!

hiking
3 months ago

A great test of one's mettle. Super challenging hike that offers fantastic views. Lots of rock cairns to mark the trail. Even so we managed to get a little off course a couple times. BTW, Ben from the trail log - we beat your summit time by like 12 whole minutes. Take that! :)

3 months ago

good trail. in some parts it's tricky to know if your going on the right trail. Bring water and sunscreen. We had tracking poles and it was easier. Bring longer shorts, lots of plants and it will scratch you. It took us 6 hrs round trip because we got lost. The trail is lonely when we went.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Lost the trail several times, pants are a must unless you want to spend hours picking scrub out of your boots and socks. Turned around after several encounters with rattlers.