Night Bird Trail

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Night Bird Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1243 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

no shade

2 days ago

Good trail, had a little bit of everything- slight inclines in open areas to rocky climbs in the trees. Great view from the top!

1 month ago

It’s not even a trail. You park on a residential street, walk 3,000 ft up the mountain to a dead end with no trail. Waste of time.

1 month ago

It was really beautiful! There’s still some snow/icy parts once you get close to the loop. That made it really hard to hike at times, feeling like you’re going to wipe out. Otherwise it was great!

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1 month ago

It was very snowy in spots, which made for dangerous conditions (because most of the trail skims the side of the mountain) in which you could very likely slide down or hurt yourself. Without the snow, this trail would have been one of my favorites in a long time. Not too difficult and great views of Golden (and Denver when you get high enough). Lots of fun!

1 month ago

Quick access from Golden- yes it starts in a neighborhood. We went on 2/24 and it was crazy windy, with a ton of snow blowing around. We lost the trail and weren’t able to finish. Ice present on trail but good shoes should be enough to get you through.

I will agree with what others say about it being a very exposed hike. It’s doesn’t really feel ”secluded”, but for how close it is to Golden it’s still worth the trip if you’re looking to not drive very far. Terrain was fun- some parts easy, some parts rocky.

2 months ago

Wonderful hike! Took about. 3hrs in total and make sure to take plenty of water as it’s quite a work out going up! Icy in areas, crampons would be ideal, although we just had good waking shoes and managed ok. Great views over Denver, rather exposed for most of the walk but a nice bit toward the second half through the trees. Would definitely recommend!

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2 months ago

Primarily exposed hike with little tree coverage. A little bit of snowfall meant that we barely had company on this popular trail. Still issues with dogs off-leash. This one is good for some front-range exercise, but the views and scenery aren’t much in terms of wow-factor. The nightbird trailhead is in a neighborhood, so please be respectful and street park safely. You can always access the loop from the cedar Gulch side if necessary.

2 months ago

Love this trail! As soon as you get over the first hill the traffic/city noise dies almost completely (only making an appearance at a couple of crests; otherwise it’s pretty quiet). A couple rocky spots but nothing too bad as long as you’re careful. I frequently take my dog with me on this trail - there is quite a bit of dog traffic but we have yet to have problems with unleashed pets.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Led a group up Nightbird Gulch to Mount Galbraith loop 1/27/18. The snow last week left many icy patches, so this is best done with some yaktrax and a couple of poles. The whole thing took about 4 hours, and it was busy, even in January. Great hike.

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3 months ago

4 months ago

Easy access, well maintained trail. But houses and roads in view most all the time.

5 months ago

Great trail with very diverse terrain and ecology.

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6 months ago

Good hike but not very scenic. More of a neighborhood trail though.

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6 months ago

Great up and down hike. First 2.5 miles is a steady climb, 2.5 miles back is a steady fall. Overall great hike!

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6 months ago

6 months ago

Great hike. It's a moderate minus hike, almost easy. Definitely take peel off trail to top of mountain ridges. It's an out and back side trail to the tops.

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6 months ago

Not much shade so go early and bring a lot of water! A rocky areas but all in all a really nice relatively easy trail.

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7 months ago

Beautiful views. Lots of parking at bottom on street. Good for a day hike.

7 months ago

It was closed about a quarter of the way in.. still a nice trail though

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7 months ago

Very little shade but still an enjoyable trail.

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7 months ago

Several spots of shade, lots of rocks and a bit of scrambling. Beautiful 360° view at the top of Mt. Galbraith. Minimal traffic noise.

8 months ago

A beautiful trail on a cool, misty day. Gave the pup and I a nice workout.

8 months ago

This is a fun trail with a little cardio and great views! There are no bikes and it's not too heavily trafficked. The trail is fun and keeps you awake and intrigued with all the boulders to climb over in the path and some interesting trees so take a break under! Keep your eyes out for hummingbirds flitting around!

9 months ago

Surprisingly nice hike at the edge of town. Very few other folks! Lovely views back on Denver and also west into the mountains.

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9 months ago

This trail is a good one as long as it's not hot as Hades. Little shade but overall a great hike.

9 months ago

Very Rocky and medium steepness but way better views for Galbraith than theough Golden Gate Canyon access about 1/2 mile extra each way and wonderful way to get a workout

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9 months ago

Great hike. Nice steady incline...great views...not a lot of traffic. Keep in mind there is no shade and they really enforce the leash law! You will come upon part of the trail that is closed for revegetation. Look to your right (and up just a bit) -- you will see the other access trail that allows you to continue on this hike without turning around and going back the way you came.

hiking
9 months ago

By far the best trail I've been on for hiking. Great obstacles to work around and wonderful views. Very little shade which is great if you're working on a tan. Make sure to take the right connecting trail for the loop otherwise you'll add more miles unexpectedly.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is fun because it has a variety of terrain, the path is narrow and rocky (fun to climb around), and it's good exercise without being overly difficult. The hills, wildflowers, and views are beautiful. Being so close to the city, you can still see roads and hear some city sounds. That's the only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars. Otherwise, love this trail. It's probably not going to fill your craving for a real retreat from urban life, but it's a fun, pretty, close-by trail that you'll most likely enjoy anyway.

We went on a Thursday afternoon and didn't run into a single hiker until our way down.

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