Goat Mountain Trail

HARD 46 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
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is kindof hidden. More than a mile in, look for the two huge tan water pipes that go over the main Waterton Canyon Trail. On your right hand side you will see a trail that goes up underneath the pipes. That is the trail to Goat Mountain. There are many false summits on this trail, so just when you think you're about there, you go back down and up to another peak. Keep a close eye out for cairn rock markers as the trail is very hidden and even those are few and far between in parts. The trail is almost non-existent in parts and it's kindof a choose your own adventure in parts. I would actually suggest wearing pants even when it's hot out as the scrub oak is not forgiving and you do have to do some bushwhacking just to stay on the trail along with some bouldering. Rattlesnakes are abundant in the area, so be careful where you step and pay attention. You'll know you've reached Goat Mountain as it has a metal pole on top of it. There is also a log book you can sign inside a clear mason jar next to the pole. It took us about 5.5 hrs to hike, but we did take breaks and ate lunch up there. Still a demanding hike, not much shade, but beautiful views all around. Only saw 1 other person the whole day on the trail, so it's less traveled which we enjoyed. I'd do it again!

hiking
13 days ago

This trail will be a real son-of-a-gun if you're not used to scrambling and some light bushwhacking. The uphills are no joke either. Luckily some heroic hikers have made a whole slew of cairns to guide you up to the peak, where you'll get a good view of Denver. Look for lots of fun views of Waterton as you hike the ridges too. We did this in the spring and even then it was pretty hot, you might think twice before trying to tackle this in the summer. There is little to no cover.

hiking
1 month ago

DEFINITELY wear ankle covering socks! My skill level is somewhere around intermediate, and this one definitely pushed me! The trail is easily lost on the final summit, but nice hikers have marked it. The views are gorgeous, but I do wish we'd seen some bighorns.

It took two of us about five hours out and back, with plenty of rest breaks. This is a great challenge.

1 month ago

Great exercise but the view is ok. Definitely wear long pants I wore my capri but it's still a lot of scratches. We lost the trail a couple of times coming down too

1 month ago

1 month ago

LOVE

1 month ago

1 month ago

Hard trail. No dogs allowed

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Difficult trail with great views, sometimes hard to find the trail. Cacti and scrappy brush cover the trail in many spots. Dry sandy trail with slippery gravelly parts. Wear long pants, long sleeves and good boots. Take your trekking pole/s. False summits abound!

2 months ago

Stay on the trail coming down. My friend and I saw an easy out coming down and ended up locked inside of Lockheed Martin's property.

Take the same trail back as you do going up.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Difficult steep trail. Lost the trail a couple times coming down but there are carins set up. We made it to what we thought was the summit but it was the last false summit and didn't have any energy left to push. Beautiful views. No one else on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike! two false summits. bring poles!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, difficult to find... go under the pipes and it's almost straight uphill a little to the left. Make sure you take that path back too.. otherwise you won't be able to get back to the trail. It was a little difficult but the views were worth it. Hope to do it again sometime

hiking
3 months ago

Hard time finding the trail (directly under pipes on the right behind the construction fence). Saw many big horn sheep on opposite hillside. Well marked trail. Only saw two other hikers. October is a great time to go. Good views of metro Denver.

4 months ago