Mayhem Gulch Juniper Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Kinda blah for me. The canyon drive there however was beautiful. I think instead I'll try starting on the north side next time.
Early April hike, no snow, very dry conditions.
I'd rate Mayhem Gulch and the Juniper Loop as a 'strong-Easy' or 'barely Moderate.' I completed the hike with my mother who isn't a hiker and is visiting from Canada, she needed to stop a couple of times as Mayhem Gulch (1.8 miles) is a steady incline with switchbacks, exposed to the sun.-- she was able to complete it with no major challenges. Juniper Loop is shaded and easier than Mayhem Gulch.
Lots of free parking (I'd estimate 50 spaces?). Views are nice and our mid-week morning hike was pretty relaxing, not too many mountain bikers.
After the first 1.5 miles, it's a fairly easy walk. Still, worth the drive from the city and some pretty sights to look at.
Good for dogs on a hot day because there is a creek that crosses the path and the dogs can take a dip to cool off.
Did the 3 miles of the switchbacks. Good view at the top
Very enjoyable hike and a quick trip to get there from Golden/Arvada area!
Great hike close to Denver. As mentioned before, the most difficult part is the beginning and there is very little shade (which was nice for a chilly morning but maybe not in the summer). Juniper loop is more shaded. The views are nice but nothing too spectacular. Did not need traction in early March, and wasn't crowded when I left around 10am. Overall a good hike for exercise if you can't get into the mountains. Added bonus of no bikers to look out for with the alternating schedule (bikes only even weekend days, hikes only odd weekend days).
Great trail, easy steady climb up with good views of the canyon. Plus lots of connections to make this a longer or shorter hike. Make sure you check if it's a mtn bike or hiking day, they alternate on the weekends. We didn't realize this and just got lucky.