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Mayhem Gulch and Juniper Loop Trail

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Centennial Cone Park

Mayhem Gulch and Juniper Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.7 miElevation gain797 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeFee
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Please note: You can only HIKE on the ODD numbered weekend days. EVEN numbered weekend days are reserved specifically for BIKING. You can receive a $50 fine for biking/hiking on the wrong days. This is a mixed-use trail, part of Jefferson County Open Space. Pay attention to the maps and signs for what is allowed on which days. There is plenty of parking at the trail head, and rest rooms, along with access to Clear Creek.

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Tom Bresnahan
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Closed to hikers and bikers Dec 1, 2020 - Jan 31, 2021 for hunting.

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Kate Zachary
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Gorgeous trail but don’t hike on Saturday’s or you’ll get ticketed by a park ranger...

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Jessica Greene
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Elliot Fitch
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Awesome afternoon.

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Jann Griffiths
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Windy

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Thaina Glassen
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The best views! Narrow roads.

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Marcus Padia
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Bill MacKenzie
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Pamela Less
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Really nice, easy morning hike

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dansinnfoo x
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This trail was very fun! Super simple but sometimes that is the best. Here are details... BATHROOMS-YES! Off to the right before you start the trail. Trail is on the left as you head in. The hike starts up the hill for a while and is zigzagging back-and-forth until you reach the top and you hit the circle area… The beginning part is the main area with any elevation gain that should be noted. As you get to the circle, it is fairly flat. We went today and there are some areas of snow but not bad. The area is open! Just FYI for people coming from out of town this is not in Golden proper, it is up Clear Creek Canyon for several miles. So temperature did drop markedly from where it was when we were in Golden. Not enough to deter us though… But it probably went down about 15°. The views are not great...Just sort of rocky and dusty … There are many cactuses so beware. It can get a bit tight with other people going by you… Especially since the main part of the lollipop is where everybody comes in and out of course… I thought this was a great hike to do on a sleepy Saturday… It was enough of a hike to be meaningful and not super easy but not that hard. All and all, my friend and I did this hike in about an hour and 40 minutes. I really enjoyed this area! no lakes, no forest setting… Just open air and exercise!

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matthew tuffin
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Christoph Kaesmayr
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Salman Lilani
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Victor Brewer
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Easy climb and weather was 50 Hailey did well on the accent. Diana did great but did not have hiking boots so the snow boots started to make a blister.

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Celeste Kokoletzi
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average trail no shade. very dry.

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Kaptain Crunch
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Views are not the best. Pretty easy hike. 3 stars just because of bikers. Not that they can’t enjoy the trail, but at least be decent enough to let others know you’re coming.

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Bill MacKenzie
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Barbara Lynn Lomker
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Laura Jean
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Make sure to go on correct day. We missed sign & it was trail bike day on the trail. Nice trail with views of hwy 6. Lots of sun & views!!

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Kaitlin McCormick
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Jessica Riley
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No shade, narrow trail with biker. Beautiful views though.

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Olivia Dorencz
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Very pretty! Trail is kind of narrow at parts so be aware if youre bringing a dog and make sure you have a mask! Felt a lot shorter than it is because it's pretty easy

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Curt Moore
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Windy Frank
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Jason Chenenko
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Great conditions! Waterfall is dried up right now though.

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Melissa Gregory
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Bill Brown
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kyle corbin
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Minimal shade. Nice view of James Peak.

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Bob Allen
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