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Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail

MODERATE 342 reviews

Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail is a 4.4 mile 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, trail 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: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 705 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Please note: The Windy Saddle Trailhead is currently CLOSED for construction on improvements to the main trailhead and will last through the end of summer 2019. A 0.8 mile detour is in place for trail users: https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/16842/WSP-Detour-Map

hiking
3 days ago

Good views

hiking
3 days ago

As everyone mentioned below I also think it’s only worth it to go up the 1.2 miles to see the view up there! If you have a hammock there’s an awesome spot up there to tie it up! Really beautiful spot to watch the sunset. Highly populated trail though and a ton of mountain bikers!

Views are amazing!

hiking
18 days ago

9/29/2019 - Trailhead is open! I definitely recommend skipping the second half. Luckily, the first half ends right across the street from the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve which has a couple short, easy trails you can tack on if you want a little extra mileage. They start to the right of the nature center.

hiking
22 days ago

First half it’s a nice trail. Second half it’s a joke, nothing but a dirt path next to the road

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rocky
27 days ago

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rocky
27 days ago

Beautiful mountain views and fairly easy. Would recommend just doing the lookout mountain trail up about 2 miles the lookout

Short and sweet hike, definitely more on the easy side. Went the 1.2 miles up as recommended, great views from the top and a couple stopping points. Popular mountain bike trail, so keep an eye out. Even only going up to the top you still are within eyesight of the road a bit of the time, never really feel secluded.

hiking
1 month ago

A tale of 2 halves...first half was pretty good and scenic, second half was a waste. The second half is very much next to a road the entire time on an overgrown trail. while the first half was good, there were lots of mountain bikers. Go for the view at the parking lot, and then leave for another trail.

We only did the recommended 1.2 miles up, and the view is definitely worth it! Perfect day, sunny and not too hot!

Definitely stop at the high peak turn off, beautiful stop, but not worth going further

Turn around at the overlook about 1.2mi in

hiking
1 month ago

do yourself a favor and turn around when you peak in elevation

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rocky
1 month ago

From epic sweeping views to hiking on a roadside shoulder. Only the first half of this hike is worth your time - otherwise it would get 5 stars. The second half of the hike (once you reach the plateau of elevation gain and cross the road at the top) shouldn’t of been created. The trail starts off in a beautiful quiet area filled with trees and great views on a well maintained and clear trail with signs. Once you reach the peak of elevation gain, you cross a road to a single file ditch alongside a road (walking 5-15ft from cars driving by) with no reward at the end. It ends at an intersection and you just turn around. It seems more like this half of the trail was created as a gateway for local people/people starting on that end to the actual fun that is the first half.

The first half of this hike is awesome! Good views. Once you get to the top and cross the road, it gets really boring. Just walking along a small path next to the road. I’m really not sure why the trail even continues that way, as it just ends at an intersection with no real view. I will turn around at that point next time, or maybe take the suggested buffalo bill grave detour that other users recommended.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty good until you start to walk next to the road. We turned around and followed a different trail to buffalo bills grave, much better hike! Added an extra mile too. Definitely an easy hike, perfect for my dog as it’s mostly shaded. Watch out for mountain bikers!

Good trail conditions, if quite busy on a Saturday afternoon. First part is a beautiful forested uphill to the buffalo bill grave site, second section has pretty views but entirely runs along a lightly traveled two lane road.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved that it was mostly in the shade. Nice, easily doable incline. I agree with previous comments about avoiding the 2nd mile that runs next to the road, but instead of turning around, go across the parking lot at the top to access the Nature Center’s Forest Loop and Meadow Loop trails to add an extra mile or so before heading back down.

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rocky
2 months ago

Did the first 1.2 miles and headed back, trial goes closer to the road and is less scenic as we continued, so we just turned around. went through a liter of water, outside temp is 85, moderately strenuous because of the incline and loose rocks, a lot of bikers on the trail, keep your eyes peeled and move aside ! They go fast !! Beautiful views for a short hike !!

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

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over grown
2 months ago

This was a great first half, but the second half is completely following the side of a road that is overgrown. Do yourself a favor and turn around at the lookout at the top (about a mile in). The view in the first mile was gorgeous!

Beginning and middle of the hike had great views and shade in between. Then AllTrails told me to keep going and I was walking alongside a road for a while. That was pretty weird. I just turned around and went back after a while. Other than that nice hike. Watch out for mountain bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with gorgeous views. Went right before sunset and made it to the cliffs at the perfect time. There were some groups but not many so it was great! The sunset is stunning over lookout mountain!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail several spot with nice views. last third is next to road. Parking in

hiking
4 months ago

Very well maintained, pretty easy hike with some nice views. Saw lots of kiddos and pups along the way. Had the trail nearly to myself for a while and by 11am it was packed. Trail is shared by mt bikers who are super nice but also means you'll have to stop every few minutes or so.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty!! Very easy hike too! Gorgeous views!

hiking
6 months ago

Did this yesterday, and need to come back and do it in full - if you start from the spot marked as the trailhead, the point where the map divides is closed and you must take a detour. Adds about 0.8 mi to this hike. Closed until June 20. If you want to avoid it, be sure to find where the detour starts and go from there instead, otherwise you miss all the views - my hike was just rocks.

hiking
6 months ago

As of 3/31 the parking lot for this trail is closed until end of June. You will have to park somewhere else. You can park towards the bottom and it adds an extra 1.5 miles but then the trail is still accessible.

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