Mount Zion and Lookout Mountain

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Windy Saddle Open Space Park

Mount Zion and Lookout Mountain is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 961 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no shade

Please note that the Buffalo Bill Grave Trail is currently closed due to COVID 19. Located in Windy Saddle Open Skate Park, this trail will give some beautiful panoramic views over the city of Denver and the surrounding hills and valleys, before taking the trail to Lookout Mountain, which is also marks the location of Buffalo Bill's grave.

hiking
15 days ago

so beautiful! the Buffalo bill grave trail is closed but lookout mountain was a great hike. remember to wear your mask!!

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rocky
15 days ago

WARNING: Part of the trail is closed during the pandemic. The stretch to Mount Zion is a good example of a social trail with major problems of erosion, graffiti, and unplanned chaos. It goes straight up and down steep slopes. Hangout for local high schoolers. I would direct folks elsewhere. The stretch up to Lookout Mountain is fine but the end part is closed during the pandemic. Overall this route is contrived, unnatural, and unpleasant.

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

26 days ago

poorly kept, low parking, not a bad hike if you're just going for the view but if you're in a hike mood this trail sucks

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

unclear where the trail started its not marked as Mount Zion - but we figured it out and it was pretty steep and short. amazing views. would do it again!

hiking
no shade
26 days ago

Perfect after work hike. Great views!

hiking
1 month ago

We forgot to start recording our hike until we were almost done, but it was beautiful! Awesome hike.

hiking
1 month ago

If you can find parking this is a decent little hike with little traffic. The views on top are awesome. You are able to see downtown Denver & Golden. I would rank this as moderate bc the incline is steep.

hiking
1 month ago

Short but steep trail, pretty views from the top.

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Good trail. Want to come back when 90% is not covered in snow and ice. Not a ton of people out, but not bare.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect after work hike!

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful trail! We didn't go very far, though, since it is very snow and ice packed right now. We're looking forward to coming back when the snow and ice melt.

hiking
washed out
8 months ago

awesome sunset hike!! washed out a bit from the rain but amazing views. steep incline for a little bit in the beginning but well worth it!

hiking
rocky
washed out
8 months ago

Very loose rocks upon rocks upon rocks and very steep. Went to the top and then just came back down. Wouldn’t come back, I’ll save my ankles

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Perfect for a quick hike outside of the city. At the top you can find gorgeous views once your past the tree line. I recommend having footwear with thick soles for the trail can be rocky at times..

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
Sun Apr 07 2019

Beautiful views! However, the path is closed until June. Went there on 3/26 and there was construction and the path was closed off...

hiking
snow
Wed Mar 20 2019

hiking
Sun Mar 10 2019

The trail was pretty good. No snow on it just for like 1% of the trail. But the other direction on lookout mountain trail. Very snowy very icy. Fell a few times but didn’t hurt myself. I must say I also did not have spikes on my shoes. And even so it was still a very good trail.

hiking
no shade
Thu Jan 31 2019

Mon Jan 07 2019

This is not an actual trail, but a social trail where you have to climb over a fence to get to it. Shouldn't be listed here. Since it's not a planned and built trail, it can be difficult and dangerous in places where (as these types of trails cause) erosion is damaging the steep parts.

hiking
Wed Jan 02 2019

Love love this trail as a quick hike but a hike that’s not so quick. The sceneries and nature tidbits are loaded within this hike as well. My dog loves this one so much!

hiking
Tue Jul 24 2018

Pretty enjoyable, quick hike in the area. It's nice to get a different perspective of the front range. My dog enjoyed the breeze at the top. I didn't notice any trash up there like the other poster said, but there is some graffiti.

hiking
Wed Jun 13 2018

Was disappointed at the amount of trash and graffiti along the trail. Beer cans, beer bottles, broken glass, a corona box, dirty socks, empty shooters. Pretty gross that stuff was just left up there. People tagging rocks with names and dates.... Decent views of clear creek canyon and golden. Very smoggy and hazy today. Only saw one other person at the top not too many people on the trail. Limited shade and fierce sun until the clouds rolled in.

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