Lookout Mountain Trail

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Lookout Mountain Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately 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 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.

7.7 miles
1,525 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking



wild flowers





Small parking lot off Lookout Mountain Road with portable restrooms.

1 month ago

Beautiful day hike. Lots of butterflies and bees. Hiking partners saw a rattlesnake around 11 a.m. I just missed seeing it, darn it.

1 month ago

Nice views. Easy trail close to home. Great for families with little ones.

trail running
2 months ago

One of my favorite local spots!

3 months ago

Nice trail close to town

4 months ago

Still lots of ice on the trail. I wouldn’t recommend this hike unless you are prepared with yak tracks or micro spikes and good hiking shoes. I met several people who were on their way down as I was going up who had fallen on the ice. I even had to provide a little bit of first aid to someone who fell and was bleeding pretty bad. It is a nice hike though and beautiful views

5 months ago

Had a nice hike this morning! Windy Saddle Trail was really nice, but Lookout Mountain and Beaver Brook Trails both had a lot of ice. Still doable with Yak Traks or good winter gear.

5 months ago

Great spot for a sunrise hike!

6 months ago

8 months ago

Great for trail running!

9 months ago

Total waste of time unless just going to exercise. Little to no views on entire trail. Trail shared between hikers (many with dogs) and bicyclists. Trail not wide enough for bicycles and walkers - have to smoosh self against rock wall to let bicycles though. Very rocky trail, uphill, moderate hike. Top of hill has mansion and visitor center. Halfway up the trail splits and you can go to see Buffalo Bill grave and souvenir shop. No views from there either. Viewers at Buffalo Bill grave to lookout at city of Denver are behind cell phone tower, electric cable supports and pine trees. Overall - pretty lame.

10 months ago

Great for a day hike. Good views! Trail hard to follow though, rather confusing.

11 months ago

8-1-04; 10-5-03; There's a couple routes -- connects with beaver brook creek trail. Parts of trail are steady incline-- fabulous bench with view.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

It was a great first hike since we moved here, also brought my 5 yr old and she's finished it :)

Friday, July 14, 2017

I've done less hiking than chillin and enjoying the view. Sunsets at the Peak by Colorow Mountain Park are well worth watching for an hour or two.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Loved all the trees & shade! Peaceful view at the top! Loved it! FYI are porta pottys before the hike!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fun trail with a decent climb. A lot of mountain bikers but everyone is very respectful and no issues. A lot of birds and wildflowers to enjoy on the hike.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WATCH OUT FOR RATTLESNAKES!!! Just uploaded photos of rattlesnake in 1st boulder field. Right on main path through boulders! We would NOT have seen it but another hiker saw it and stopped to take pictures. We warned several people with dogs. The snake was hidden in the rocks at calf height! WATCH OUT!

This is an awesome trail though. Most of the first 4 miles out is tree covered so it's cool on a hot day. Great views!

Friday, May 19, 2017

This hike was beautiful. We went at 10 on a Tuesday and it was very busy with little parking, so keep in mind that this is a popular trail with lots of users.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Very nice & close to town.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

great trail fun and somewhat exciting

Sunday, April 23, 2017

First trail hiked here, excellent views

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The family and I did this hike last weekend though we didn't start at this point due to the parking lot being full. So we stared further up the trail in the parking lot where Lookout Mountain Trail and Beaver Brook Trail meet. Not as long as a hike that I would have liked but still was a good day with some spectacular views. There were hikers, runners, and cyclists on the trail but everyone were very courteous to one another.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Old school...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A couple friends, my 9 & 5 year old hiked this trail no problem. Was muddy with snow. Kids enjoyed throwing a few snowballs along the way. Mostly wooded with nice occasional look out points.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Trail was clear and dry with only a few wet spots. Even saw some deer!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I'm late posting... we hiked mid February when it was still icy in many areas, the trail was still pretty busy considering. Beautiful views, some questionable land areas, easy for possible trips, slips or tumbles... quick and family friendly...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good family trail for a quickie

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wanted so much to love this trail but contrary to what many of the reviews will tell you, we did NOT find this trail to be very kid friendly. The terrain is pretty rocky throughout the duration so there was a lot of handholding to ensure our little guy wouldn't fall and crack his head open. That was manageable, but there were also alot of mountain bikers that we were constantly moving him out of the way for. Albeit, they were very friendly and polite, but we were constantly on our toes to make sure he didn't get hit. The signage was terrible. The map they give you at the Nature Center doesn't cover many of the left/right turn options on that trail, and we got lost more than a few times. The worst problem though by far was the many dog owners who just blatantly disregarded the law and illegally let their dogs go off leash. Our kid was encountered countless times by unleashed dogs. Luckily, he didn't startle too badly but if he had, there would've been the risk of him jumping back and falling over the edge, as the trail has some steep dropoffs. Lots of naive dog owners seemed to think "Don't worry, he's friendly" was a reason to let their dog run off leash. So that was incredibly frustrating and took the fun out of it by a lot. On the positive side, the scenery was beautiful and the hike was still very enjoyable and a great length for energetic preschool aged kids. I really want to see JeffCo tackle this dog problem though. We love dogs, but off leash dogs in an on leash area is NOT okay.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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