Legault Mountain Trail

MODERATE 134 reviews
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Legault Mountain Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Conifer, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
872 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Legault Mountain is a minor peak about 25 miles southwest of Denver. The short hike to the summit involves merely 1200 feet of elevation gain over a horizontal distance of around 3.5 miles. Much of the access to the peak is over a network of maintained trails in Meyer Ranch Park. The final 1/4 mile to the summit involves cross-country bushwhacking and optional, mild scrambling. While the approach is thickly forested, the foliage clears around the summit area, revealing nice views to the south and east, up the Turkey Creek drainage, and also to the west. Steep Berrian Mountain (9147') is a prominent landmark to the northwest.

hiking
30 days ago

Really pleasant hike with several loops. Not too hard, not too easy!

hiking
2 months ago

Really pretty hike. Not too busy even for a Sunday. Nice a shady for the longer hike. Small view once you reach the top.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome hike allot of incline if you haven't been hiking in awhile it's definitely a workout, we did happen to find the secret path thanks to a previous picture posted once you see the angled arrow marker and downed tree look for small foot path to your left, it's a good half mile or so uphill from there but it all becomes worthwhile when you get to the top and get that gorgeous view. would definitely do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is close to Denver and right off 285 so it’s easy to get to. I was tired after a weekend hike so this was a perfect moderate hike. If you just do the trail as marked I would call this more an upper easy hike. If you take the “secret” trail to the top it’s moderate. Took me two loops of the Old Ski Loop trail to find the secret summit trail. It is NOT the first one you come to where to go up about 100 feet to a cluster of rocks with a partial view. I searched around there for a while. It’s above that on the marked trail (if you went left to right on the loop). I added a picture with markings. You won’t see the “no trespassing” sign someone else referenced until after you are already on the trail (and even then it’s off in the distance and you have to look for it). The trail to the summit is pretty well marked as someone has lined quite a bit of it with old tree branches. There are times you will question if you went the right way. Trust your gut...it’s a pretty intuitive trail. Don’t get fooled by the first false summit with good views. Keep going until you find the top and the geo markers and register. It’s probably less than .5 mile from the Old Ski Loop trail so it’s worth it. Someone should bring a new little notepad for the register and a new pen. Both are running low! Gorgeous views from the top and TONS of ladybugs. This will be a great trail for fall with the Aspens along it.

hiking
3 months ago

Really pretty. Found the trail to the mountain. It was tricky - top of the ski loop on the left side. It’s kind of hard to find - just a little dirt path off into the trees with some branches across the beginning. It is above the trail that goes up to the rocks - that was where I went and circled back. So beautiful!!!!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, nice terrain. Good amount of shade. View at the top is nothing special

hiking
4 months ago

Loved all the foliage, lots of pines and aspens throughout the entire hike. The trail head is right off 285 so the noise from the cars is fairly loud until the last 2 loops. I missed the summit, unfortunately. If you start the last loop (Old Ski Run) from the left, as you turn the far corner, you’ll see some (larger) rocks and a trail, but the trail posts tell you to keep right. I kept right thinking I may get to it further up the mountain, but no, that’s where it was. I’ll def return to make the summit.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful view at the summit! This was my first time to Meyers Ranch and I wouldn't want to do it without going to the top of Legault. It is the best view. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find the trail to the summit with the snow. But I just followed some footsteps. Had spikes on my boots and definitely needed them. Very wet and a bit slick as it has been warm all week and the snow was very melty. Boots and bottom of pants very wet but worth it. The extra hike to the summit made the whole hike worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

Great time with a lot of beautiful trees to see. Plenty of switchbacks to break up the ascent. As the other reviewer Jesse said, take the extra mile to summit Legault.

To get to the summit, you'll need to look for the trail that is off the main trail when you reach the farthest corner of the top of the loop. You'll know you're there when you see the marker with arrows pointing in both directions. Just stay to the left of the No Trespassing signs and you'll be good to go.

The view from the top is amazing! Even with the little bit of climbing this is still a moderate trail, so enjoy.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful sunrises this time of year, however the trail is definitely getting icy and I wouldn’t recommend an attempt without added traction. Definitely worth going the extra mile or so to summit Legault. The optional trail is a little spotty with plenty of fallen trees and unclear paths, but you can easily figure it out. Also some optional scrambling at the summit that is fun. Be sure to check the register and stamps.

11 months ago

Well maintained and very nice trail.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Love this trail this time of year. The aspens are fabulous!!

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

I enjoyed the hike, there are a lot of Aspen trees that will be beautiful when the leaves change this fall. I never found a trail named Legault Mountain so it was confusing to figure out. I knew I needed to pick whichever trail goes up, but didn't know it was called Old Ski Run Trail. It took about 2 hours round trip and was a great workout.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Excellent hike close to Denver! I'm looking forward to coming back when the aspens are changing. Trails were well marked and there is a (clean!) outhouse bathroom. Inclines can be challenging but very manageable. Not really any great outlooks, however, I'll take the beautiful rocks and aspens and pines over one or two outlooks any day.

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

Nice after-work hike. If you're looking for nice landscape views of the mountains this might not be the hike for you, almost completely surrounded by trees the entire time. I really recommend taking a left when you get to the last .5 mile loop at the end of the hike. On the left side you will see a tiny off trail path up to some rocks (hard to miss). Climb the rocks and you will get the best view of the whole park.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Nice hike well cut path we took a bunch of pictures and finished in about 3 hrs. Shady

Friday, June 09, 2017

Decent hike with moderate incline and shade coverage but not really any views.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Good hike! Some views on the hike up. The dogs loved the hike too! Bring yak tracks further into the winter.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nice little hike, but there isn't a view at the top because there are trees the entire time.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

With kids ages 9 to 11. Well marked. Trail with was more than single track. Trail names are Owl perch, Lodge Pole loop, and sunny Aspen Trail. Managed by Jeffco open space.

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Very nice trail, well marked and not very rocky. All of it is in the trees and there are no great viewing points, but it's a pretty trail. Would be more stars but I was really unlucky and went at the same time as a group of young bikers, probably in some summer camp or something. They were loud and no matter what I did it was almost impossible to lose them. Other than that I thought it was great!

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Very nice trail. A lot of bike riders on narrow paths tho :(

hiking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

It was peaceful and quiet once I reached the 2nd loop. Some pretty great views from the peak. Overall, it wasn't difficult even with snow. A nice hike to do in a couple of hours.

hiking
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Went in mid October (18th) started at about 10:30am. Made it half way up (left early) had to be in Denver at 1:00pm. There were quite a few people but it did thin out as you got farther up. Great views from certain areas, nice drive up there only like 25 minutes out of Denver. Weather was perfect 60-70°F not too sunny not too cloudy. All the aspen trees leaves already fell but over all great hike.

walking
Sunday, October 04, 2015

Nice Saturday hike with the dog. She loved it, especially getting off the leash for most of the walk. Other hikers didn't mind. Easy hike with a number of loops along the way. If you can find the summit trail (unmarked off to the right as you start coming down), you may be lucky like us a catch a glimpse of a wild, male elk. Tops out around 9050 ft.

hiking
Monday, September 28, 2015

Easy hike located very close to town. Extremely busy and crowded on the weekend. Pretty views if you get all the way to the peak and the crowds thin out a bit up there as well.

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Easier than I thought there was some incline, but great for a hot day as it's pretty covered, nice and shady. There was a lot of horse poop and downhill bikers. We did lodge pole loop to sunny aspen trail to old ski run trail. It didn't lead to any outlook or anything but it was heavily wooded and lots of aspens so a very pretty hike overall. Would do again for an easier hike on a hot day.

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

We didn't make it all the way to the top of the Mountain. Basically there are a bunch of loop trails. If you keep to the left you will end up at a shelter and from the you get on the Old Ski Run trail that will get you close to the final push to the top of the mountain.

There were some mountain bikers so aware.

hiking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Really pretty little hike. We missed the unmarked part of the trail so did not get to the peak but it was still beautiful. Tons of shade and trees, flowers, fragrant trails and LOTS of dogs. Moderately crowded. Great quick hike close to the city. Also, I found this pretty easy, definitely not moderate.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

Good stuff! Nice steady incline.

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