Mayhem Gulch Juniper Loop Trail

MODERATE 232 reviews
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Mayhem Gulch Juniper Loop Trail is a 4.7 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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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
1 month ago

Enjoyed it with kids, about 2,5 hours up/loop/down! Very nice place!

1 month ago

perfect trail, great angle of ascent and wonderful views

hiking
3 months ago

Trailhead comes up quick when you're driving up 6 in the canyon but plenty of parking. Weekend days alternate between allowing only mountain bikers and only hikers so when in doubt check beforehand so you know who's allowed there on what day. Easy switchbacks to get higher into the foothills with nice views of the canyon. Juniper loop up top is really easy and some nice mountain views on the back side.

hiking
3 months ago

Decent hike. The first two miles stick pretty close to the highway, so you have a lot of noise pollution for 4 miles of the hike. It’s a popular mountain biking trail, narrow path so you’re constantly stepping out of the way. If you’re hiking I’d recommend going on an odd weekend day (like September 1st) when mountain biking is not allowed. On even weekend days hiking is not allowed. Even during the week it’s busy!
No real viewpoints, still some pretty spots. No shade coverage until you get to the Loop.

trail running
4 months ago

This a a great trail for running on a weekday.

hiking
4 months ago

nice easy trail for out of town visitors, pretty area. just kind of a bummer to be so close to the highway for half the hike.

4 months ago

Great hiking , beautiful views

4 months ago

Just literally missed stepping on a rattlesnake by 1 step within the first 20ft of the trailhead. Be aware!!

surfing
4 months ago

Christy I Smoked a whole pack of cigarettes while running this trail! Very easy trail with minimal traffic and great views! There were people who weren’t smoking which is total bs

trail running
5 months ago

Great trail for beginning trail runners. I say great because there are very few rocks, roots and slide out areas and it’s nice and close by. The initial 1.7 miles up will be a challenge for those not in shape...

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views of clear creek. Didn’t have time to do the whole loop. Really looking forward to seeing the rest of the trail!

trail running
5 months ago

Nice and easy trail. Lots of wildflowers and tons of butterflies. Smelled cigarette smoke on our way down which is total BS.

5 months ago

Fun trail for an evening hike! Loved all the wildflowers and butterflies at this time of year.

hiking
6 months ago

Moderate hike with a variety of terrain. Saw many birds but no wildlife. The Juniper Trail has some spectacular views!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, great views. Didn’t see any waterfall. Was not crowded on a Friday morning. Would do again.

6 months ago

Wonderful trail with gradual hills and great views!! There is lots of exposure, so make sure you are prepared. Would definitely come back.

6 months ago

Fun hike. Really nice and easy loop once on top.

backpacking
6 months ago

Pleasant enough. Easy to moderate. Carried my toddler through it. Closer to 4.8 miles according to my garmin.

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike with views to the higher peaks once you reach the west side of the loop. No snow on the trail in mid February.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is closed until 01-31-18 for hunting (only reason I gave a 3). We drove up wondering why no cars were in lot, grabbed out backpacks and got ready to hit it only to walk up to a sign that said closed untill 01-31-18. Just want everyone to know before wasting gas to get there.

hiking
Monday, November 13, 2017

hiking
Friday, November 03, 2017

Great day hike with some cool views. Parking was ample when I arrived today around 1:30 pm. Although it appears that the place become quite crowded on the weekends. The trail head begins at the western end of the parking lot and it marked well. The hike offers great high desert plant life and plenty of exposure to the sun- lather up! After some good switchbacks the trail reaches a junction, I opted to go for the route that begins to the east. Follow until another junction that will show the way to Juniper. There are two junctions that happen within a hundred yards or so, and for both keep to the left. They are well marked but hoping on the wrong trail will add some time to your day. At this point the trail is gentle and offered some great looks of snow dusted peaks in the distance. The trail makes its way back to mayhem and the same way down. There are many bikers hikers on the trail so be courteous out there! The whole trip took be 2 hours.

hiking
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pretty easy trail, but not much to see. There weren't many people there and the other dogs we passed (only 3, but my friend and I had 5) were all on leash and very well behaved which was wonderful!! Can imagine this trail would be very hot in the summer. Will be back again to explore more of the area!

trail running
Sunday, August 27, 2017

I really enjoyed this trail! Saw lots of other runners. The first part has a good but manageable climb and the back loop is pretty flat and easy. There are decent views but also highway noise for a good chunk of the trail. Afterwards we crossed under Highway 6 from the parking lot to dip our feet in the creek, which felt great!

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great for an afternoon hike. Only a 45 min drive from downtown Denver. Hwy 6 is always busy, only traffic we ran into to get to the trailhead. plenty of parking. Tidbit - even days are for hikers & odd days are for bikers. We came across a handful of hikers but managed to still get away from the hustle and bustle. Gradual incline that traverse the mountain. Decent elevation gain but then the backside of the loop is easy. Single track mostly. I'd do this trail again over Lair of the Bear anytime.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Don't go for the "waterfall" only - it's just a trickle when I've seen it and easy to miss from one of the lower switchbacks. I love this hike. The switchbacks are perfectly spaced so it didn't feel quite like the gain was as much as it is. Check the status before you go. It closes for elk calving and also for a month of hunting. Spectacular view of Clear Creek Canyon.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Never saw the waterfall. :(

Friday, July 21, 2017

Decent trail and if used on a weekday you will be sharing with mountain bikes. Some areas are narrow and can create an uncomfortable situation as there is very little room to let a bike pass.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Great morning hike with great views

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Probably good for mountain biking and trail running, but not for hiking. Just a dirt trail with a lot of small rocks and almost entirely in the sun. Boring.

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