Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail

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Windy Saddle Open Space Park

Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail is a 7.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.1 km Elevation Gain: 215 m Route Type: Out & Back

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The start of the trail is the best view you’ll get. Lot of mountain bikers. The end of the trail which is alongside a road leads to a road intersection. Best to stop at the beginning of the saddle and turn around. Beautiful morning hike none the less.

hiking
7 days ago

The hike is okay, it’s right next to a road and the trail is also not very long, it’s very steep but not long. The drive up and down is a amazing though, you’re able to see the whole Denver area

First mile or so out is great, but the last mile out is next to a road. You feel like you are hitchhiking. It’s not scenic. I would suggest hiking up until you get to the road crossing and then taking alternative trails near the Lookout Mountain Nature Center for more mileage.

8 days ago

I really enjoyed the first portion of this hike, it's beautiful, but admittedly lost the trail once I got to the Boettcher Mansion and visitor center. Ended up taking the Forest Loop Trail at this point and circled back around to the lookout trail. Started at 6: 30a and with the exception of just a few runners felt like I had the entire trail to myself for the hike out. ran into more folks on the way back. A great little hike for those looking to get out of Denver without having to travel too far.

9 days ago

Perfect trail for a quick escape from the city on any day. 20 minutes driving from downtown Denver. Takes couple of hours to go there and back, but gives nice relaxation.

First half is great, second half is next to a road and doesn’t even lead to a good view.

running
rocky
10 days ago

Best for true locals. Starts with switchbacks and climbing up a shady trail that gets and stays icy in winter and spring. Traction a must. After the climbing the rocky trail traces alongside a road and a fenced in park. Views improve significantly on the return trip when your gaze naturally rests on the rolling highlands on the right and the peaks of the James Peak Wilderness on the left.

The first mile of this trail is really nice! Not too steep and there’s tree shade throughout. The second mile is where it gets weird. Once you get to the parking lot and cross the street the trail is just right next to the road for a mile. It’s pretty flat if you’re into trail running or walking on the side of the road. The trail drops off in a random neighborhood with no view. I’d probably not waste your time with the second half and just turn around after the first mile at the lookout.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Not a good weekend trail- super crowded and a 10 min stressful drive up switchbacks of a lookout mtn w tons of bikers.

15 days ago

Great views

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

Great trail. It’s a good spot to what the sunset while you’re walking.

Good to start, but half of this trail is next to a road and didn’t lead to a lookout at the end. Lots of bikers later in the day. Wouldn’t go again.

hiking
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

We’ve lived in CO for about 1.5 years and had heard this was a good hike. I’m not sure what the hype is... started at Windy Saddle. About 1.25 miles to the visitor center (closed). We continued on. The trail just ends in a neighborhood. We thought there would be good views. Gave 3 stars because the 1.25 miles before the visitor center was nice - shady and some rocks but not bad elevation gain. Go early to get a parking spot + easier to social distance

First half of the trail is gorgeous - tons of trees, foliage, great shade, and pretty views. The second half exits to a path alongside a road though and you’re basically walking in front of people’s houses. The second half isn’t super worth it unfortunately, but the first 1.1mi up and down were great! Decent number of bikers on the trail too.

Decent trail. A few good views nothing spectacular. This is good for a little elevation training but not the best workout if that’s what your looking for unless you are on a mountain bike. It’s better for nice walk out with your dogs. Parking is limited get there early or mid morning for early birds leaving.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful views

hiking
23 days ago

VERY busy. But views are amazing

23 days ago

Very meh. First portion is entirely uphill, good views but also a lot of bikers on a very narrow path. Once you hit the top it's just a path alongside a road. Not too exciting.

The first half of the hike was really nice, mildly uphill the whole time and a pretty trail. The second half was really lame though, it was right next to a road the whole time and just abruptly ended at an intersection.

hiking
scramble
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Nice, easy trail. Some steep uphill sections but nothing crazy. The second part of the trail, which comes about 1.25 miles in, is along the side of the road and doesn't really lead to anything worthwhile. Next time, I'll turn around when I reach the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Otherwise, it was a good spot for a hike with nice views. The trail is pretty narrow, making it difficult to stay 6ft away from other hikers and the parking lot is very small & fills up fast.

Beautiful day for a trail run! Perfect conditions, no mud, ice etc.

hiking
26 days ago

Had a blast it was super fun. Made a fun vlog for TikTok

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

Long winding drive up the mountain to the trailhead with lots of bikers going up and down so be careful. Beautiful views from the mountain side as you hike the rocky path up the lookout point trail.

Beautiful view in the entrance. A little scary for someone scared of heights.

29 days ago

I'd give 2 1/2 stars if I could. The first part of this hike is a nice trail, but the second part past the nature center is a narrow path 5ft from the road through residential front yards at times.

hiking
30 days ago

It was a fairly easy hike with beautiful tree shading. We parked at the top and went down first; crossed the parking spot and hiked up the other side - then back. It was a great first of the season hike for us.

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