Mayhem Gulch and Juniper Loop Trail

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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.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 797 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

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. 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.

hiking
no shade
3 hours ago

1 day ago

so in other words I'm reading that this trail is trash... and the rangers have the nerve to write tickets... lmao who actually pays those..

hiking
icy
snow
1 day ago

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Hiked this with our 7 children age 0-11y. Completely dry despite snow on other side of canyon, very sunny, heavy traffic, plenty of switchbacks provide easy elevation gain. Not the most interesting trail, many others with better views and points of interest. Fun to play in the creek after.

hiking
snow
9 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Took about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Connects to Centennial Cone.

hiking
28 days ago

This trail serves as a nice afternoon walk. Not difficult at all which allows you to enjoy the beautiful views. Smooth trail not at all rocky. Outhouse at trail head and plenty of parking.

mountain bikers not respecting hikers day...

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely misleading, went trail running on an ‘odd’ numbered weekend day, got half way up and it was all mtn bikers. Unbelievably rude bikers even though the app said it was hiking day. Not recommending to anyone and never going back. Even though I always move for mtn bikers since they feel entitled anyway. Terrible experience. Don’t go here.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Just so everyone knows you can only hike his in Saturday’s. Other days are only for mountain bikers.

running
no shade
3 months ago

I read this wrong. I was there on no hikers day. Luckily, a nice couple who were biking told me after a half miles in. They said a park ranger was biking up to the top waiting for hikers and runners to write tickets. They saved me from getting a ticket... My son was biking and he told me that it was not a exciting trail anyway, so I guess I have to accept that. #41 08/04/2019

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely recommend getting out early to beat the crowds and the heat. We started at 5:30am, took a meandering little detour up Travois Trail for little extra distance, a snack and hot tea (because we’re meanderthals), then got back on. Good morning hike close to town, but there’s better Jeffco Open Space hiking in other parks, IMHO.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this trail on a Tuesday and so had to share it with the mountain bikers. This trail is narrow and clings to the very steep sides of the hillsides and so it is tough to move off trail to give riders room particularly with a dog while watching for prickly pear cactus; a lot of cactus. Bring water for you and the dog - there are no sources of water on the hike this time of year.. It is an easy trail give how steep the initial mile is from the trail head. @EvanTouchett mentioned he didn't see any waterfalls. There is one (about a mile from the trailhead at the sharp left horseshoe turn) but, as with a lot of runoff fed streams these waterfalls are dry this time of year unless a thunderstorm happens up stream. Lots of wild flowers on the Juniper Loop portion of the trail. We've had enough rain to keep things growing.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of up until you get to the loop. Definitely do the loop. I don’t know how this trail is marked as having waterfalls. There are none.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

good easy work out

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice and well kept trail. Good wildflower viewing. At peak of the trail can catch a glimpse of the Continental Divide. Plenty of parking at Mayhem Gulch trailhead. Trail was crowded (started at 9:30am on a Sunday) but not overcrowded. Most of the elevation gain occurs in the initial 1 mile ascent, so if you’re not acclimated to the altitude this could be a tough hike. There isn’t much shade except for the Juniper portion. Dog friendly but would recommend doing this very early morning or late afternoon/evening when sun moves west to avoid the lack of shade during the beginning/end. Our dog struggled with the heat/lack of shade, and we saw other dogs along the trail that looked like they were having a tough time too. Bring plenty of water on hot days. Also note that on Saturdays & Sundays the trail alternates access. Odd number dates are only for hikers/horses and even numbered dates are for biking.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike to do in an hour to two! Had our dog with us, and she loved it, just make sure to bring some water on the hotter days! Tons of beautiful wild flowers and cool Mountain Views!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail with excellent views!

hiking
4 months ago

A good trail in great shape!! Well marked. A LOT of mountain bikers on this 4th of July but most all were very courteous. Happy b-day America!!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was really well marked, little rocky in some spots but overall had pretty great views. Lots of great scenery. Easy incline.

hiking
5 months ago

Great path!! And little rocky and just watch for mountain bikers. Beautiful views! A little shade, but not much.

hiking
5 months ago

great hike, I just wish the sun was out a little bit more. quite a few hummingbirds around if you pay attention. would love to go back during golden hour

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail, very dog friendly and an easy hike.

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