Mount Galbraith Loop

MODERATE 236 reviews

Mount Galbraith Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
885 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

14 days ago

Ice town costs ice clown town crown!

hiking
19 days ago

It's a great trail, but there was so much ice on the trail we had to turn back. We will go back and finish once the ice melts off.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, can be very rocky at times, so watch your step, but the views into the foothills and over the city are worth it. It is also a very busy trail, went on a Sunday and there were few moments I couldn't see anyone else on the trail, lots of dogs and lots of families.

hiking
3 months ago

Great quick and beautiful hike for a Sunday. Varied viewpoints. A number of people had their dogs with them as well and they seemed to enjoy it. Definitely be cautious in the summer months as it is quite a sunny route - but great for cooler months! I would definitely do this one again.

hiking
3 months ago

Just right. 2.5 hour hike on varied terrain. good rock challenges with sweeping views. nice community of fellow hikers to swap recommendations for more places to visit.

4 months ago

For a local hike, this was fun and challenging with excellent views. And a very good workout!

4 months ago

Nice views, but very exposed. I wouldn't go again if it were hot out. Also do watch for rattlesnakes

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail! Will be back, but without my dog.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, and a short distance from Denver. I arrived around 12:30pm on a Saturday and while the parking lot was full, there was ample parking along the street. The hike is mostly gentle the whole way through, I would consider this on the easy side of moderate. But there are a few places that get fairly rocky and require some thoughtful foot placement.The entire trail is exposed to the sun, so make sure to do whatever you need to to be comfortable in some UV exposure for a couple hours. Once reaching the junction of the loop, I made a left. The incline is steady and gentle throughout. As you are making your way around the loop, you will notice a few offshoot trails on indicated on the AllTrails map. One will lead you directly to the summit of Mount Galbraith. It isn't clear if this is a well-defined social trail or an official park trail, but it seems well traveled and in good condition. The trail indicated on AllTrails dead ends but the trail itself continues all the way to the high point. There is plenty of bare dirt and rock to step on as you make your way up so as to not disturb the lovely desert vegetation along the slope. The top makes a great place to rest and enjoy the views of the foothills to the west, and the flat seemingly endless desert to the east, with Denver nestled in there neatly. The way down from here gives you a few options, although it certainly seemed that the trails became more unofficial. I like to prioritize the official trails to allow for limited erosion and destruction of vegetation, so I would probably have been better off pulling a180 and heading down from the top the same way I came up, but I didn't. There is an alternate way down that appears to be a well maintained trail, but as you approach northwest end of the loop indicated on the map, it is clear that this is indeed a social trail, and perhaps not recommended. More research is needed on what trails are acceptable in this area and which are best to be avoided for the sake of preservation. My time to the top was 1 hour and 15 min with a few breaks to let the pup have a drink and to chat with friendly passers by. The way down was 40 min to the car.

hiking
6 months ago

I really liked this hike, and thank you Greg for the recommendation to start the loop to the L. I'm not sue about it being really steep, I've been on much worse for a short hike, but yes- this one catches elevation and it's BEAUTIFUL because of it. Very well sign posted and the trail is well worn/used. MOST people followed the leashed dog rule although there were quite a few running free, which I didn't have a problem with but my leashed dog was far from impressed. I LOVED the views of the valleys and on a clear day you can see the whole city of Denver and beyond. I'd recommend starting from this side over the other one because it had a true parking lot where the other route is in the middle of a neighborhood and you have to park on the side of the street which isn't ideal.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Heads up, our pup got bit by a rattlesnake on the trail. He didn't make a noise but we happened to see a small rattlesnake in a rock area on the loop. We got him to the hospital and they confirmed it was a snake bite. Keep your eyes open & be on the lookout.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice short hike with some decent views. Went on July 4th so it was pretty packed with humans and pups, but still a nice place to be.

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked this today, and really liked it. Short hike, but good elevation, and very close to downtown Golden. Yes its short, but don't think it's easy!! Certainly not a 14'er, but for a short, local mountain park, this will get your heart pumping!! Trail starts from the parkIng lot, nice and gentle.....but then it rapidly picks up elevation. Very rocky trail, most of the way, so this is definitely one to wear good hiking boots. Many places on the trail where rocks are set as steps. Also, this trail doesn't s NOT allow bikes - so if your a hiker that doesn't like dodging the mountain bikers, then this is for you. Last: when you get to the Mt Galbraith loop, I suggest going left....little more gradual uphill. The f you go right, the elevation changes rapidly, with a lot of rock steps, and I would prefer to go down those in!!

Well marked...

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike. Very little shade though. It was hot!

hiking
8 months ago

Quick day hike before work with good views.

hiking
8 months ago

what a lovely hike close to denver. great views & so green this time of year, also leaning towards more difficult for front range which is fun. also not too crowded during post-work rush last night. Give yourself 2 hours at a leisurely pace.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views, challenging but not impossible for a good 2hr+ hike. Some rocky scrambling where for a first timer, you may temporarily lose the trail, but there are arrows pointing the way. Enjoyable!

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