Night Bird Trail

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Night Bird Trail is a 5 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
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1181 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

no shade

hiking
7 days 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.

11 days 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.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

Great trail with very diverse terrain and ecology.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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!

hiking
4 months ago

4 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.

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Very little shade but still an enjoyable trail.

hiking
5 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.

6 months ago

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

6 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!

7 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

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