Nugget Hill Trail is a 4.4 mile out and back trail located near Jamestown, Colorado that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length4.4 miElevation gain1,637 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestViews
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Please note that there is no parking lot for this hike. You will have to park on the side of the road and space is limited.

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Joshua McGarity
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Was a great time— but I lost my wallet either on the trail or parking area! If found call/text josh at 2014501964– thanks!

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Bryan Coughlin
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Ellen DeLisio
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Worth the super steep hike for killer 360 view. Mostly dry, a bit muddy and a bit snowy especially on north side of mnt. Spikes not necessary on Sat 3/6 but were helpful.

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Brandon Schatsiek
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Straight uphill right off the bat. Little "parking" available so get there early. We got there at 830 and were the only people on the trail for a few hours. More like 5 miles, not 4.5. Snowy at the top and icy in spots throughout but never needed crampons. It was a good workout considering there was maybe only .25 miles where it wasn't straight uphill on the way up. Beautiful views at the top though and worth it. Highly recommend especially if you want to avoid other people.

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Z Wil
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HikingGreat!

Great views and not overly travelled or busy trail. As of Feb. 20 there wasn't a ton of snow and it's mostly at the trail head. spikes not necessary. Not t difficult but there is consistent elevation gain. The dog loved it and we finished in about 2 hours

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Logynn Northrhip
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Windy, pretty, very Rocky but great views up top!

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Matt Cleveland
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Decent trail Given the proximity to town and the fact there was no one else here today. Lots of wind today up top though, so make sure to check your weather. A couple Packed snowy spots, but nothing terrible.

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Frances Pollaro
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pretty steep almost the entire time, but still a good hike. no views if there's snow clouds or a lot of clouds that are hanging low.

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Jennifer Hill Haefele
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Great hike and workout. Didn’t need spikes at all

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Andy Roy
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HikingGreat!

Tough but good hike with excellent views along the way and especially at the top. Some snow on the trail, our Yak Traks helped but not necessary.

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April Minen
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Mindy Nicewonger
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Brittany Marquez
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Ray Marks
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I liked that most of the way up is in wooded area and cannot see the plains. Good vista from the top. Only saw two other groups the entire time so that was quite nice. Completed the round trip in 1hr45min (1 hour up, 45min down).

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Jeremy Cornelius
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Nathan Giannini
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Good conditions, no snow and a nice view!

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Mark Morgenstein
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HikingGreat!

Hiked on 11-1-20 and happy to report the trail and area immediately around it were unscathed by the wildfires in left hand canyon. Some snow in the more wooded sections but hiking boots fine. No need for spikes or poles. Did it leisurely today in 2 hour round trip. See my review below for more details.

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Bruce Felix
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Mark Morgenstein
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This is my new favorite short local trail. Great views of Lefthand Canyon the whole way and great 360 views up top. It is very hard to notice the trailhead. It looks like just another dirt driveway. As someone else wrote, after you turn left from lee hill onto left hand canyon, the trailhead is a few miles. After you cross the creek on the main road three times, park on the widened shoulder area on the left side of the road. There’s a “no trespassing/ private property” sign there on which someone has written “nugget hill trail across street” in small letters. The trailhead is a dirt road with a rusty doghouse you can see from the main road. About .2 miles up, there’s a green gate and a Boulder County Open Space sign. Fairly steep much of the way but really short and some flat stretches. Moderate is a fair rating though I can see many people finding it difficult. When you get to the saddle, turn right and you’ll see a Forest Service sign for trail 509 3D. You go uphill a little more, then start going down and you’ll wonder if you haven’t already hit the high point, but you still have a nice short steep stretch ahead to the summit— where I saw a deer prancing around. It was one of only two mammals I saw on the whole hike. No other hikers and randomly, one guy on a motorized dirt bike. Not a lot of leafy trees but those that were there were turning some pretty fall colors. 2.3 miles each way — 4.6 miles round trip. 53 minutes up, 2 minutes on top, 44 minutes down. 1:39 total.

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Alyssa Lynn
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Puneet Pasrich
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The SE portion of the lake is federally owned. Most of the Western, Northern, and Eastern portions of the lake front property are private. The Southern edge is also public.

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Bold Deceiver
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Lots to like about this trail. I agree with the reviewer below that it might shade toward the hard end of moderate. It climbs pretty quickly right from Left Hand Canyon, and it's relatively steep and pretty rocky most of the way. There is plenty of shade, lots of lovely pine scent, not many wildflowers at this point, and a couple of lovely views along the way. We didn't correctly follow the trail as it hooks back east --there's a junction with the intended trail heading right, a two-track OHV type trail straight and right, and a hiking trial heading left--, so didn't get to the big money views, maybe not missing much on a hazy day. We sort of followed a little unnamed (I think) trail and it was lovely. We turned around at 2.2 miles in, near some construction type materials. All in all, no complains, great way to start a Saturday!

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Jessica Muniz
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James Pinto
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Good workout and amazing panoramic views from to top! Could see pyrocumulus from new Wildfire to the north of Longs Peak.

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rich giuliani
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Just a heads up that there's an active mountain lion in the area. Did this trail yesterday morning and on the way down there was a severed deer leg on the trail that was not there on the way up. Be aware and I'd keep my dogs leashed. Other than that, the trail is a good workout if not particularly pretty until you get to the view at the top (but that's typical of trails that used to be 4x4 / mining roads.

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Nora Scanlon
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Yes the trailhead is hard to find but I'm posting pictures to help folks. Look for an old rusted out dog house type thing on the side of the trail at the beginning. If you want a workout then this hike is for you! Pretty much straight up and more-or-less constant elevation gain. Wear hiking shoes with good treds. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. There is some shade along the way to take a break. Would not reccomend for those out of shape or out of town. Views at the end are worth it!

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Tim Terrick
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Thanks to Jeremy for the description of how to locate this trail. Tried once before and missed it. The trail is correct as moderate but the loose rock and sand make it tough to walk in spots, especially going down. Great 360 degree views from the top with views of multiple layers of peaks and Longmont. Next time I would like to take the side trail towards the top and find some of the old mines shown on the map. Great way to avoid the Boulder crowds as we only saw one young woman with her dog the whole hike.

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Gordan Kilic
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Beautiful views of the Indian Peaks and Longs Peak at the top. A variety of wildflowers and birds on the way.

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Bridget Bernhard
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Amazing hike and my dog loved it! Although I would rate this on the harder side of moderate. Beautiful views the whole way up and nice mix of sun and trees. Steep and rocky in some parts but well worth the view. I started at 7:15am on a Saturday and nobody was on the trail - I had the summit to myself for about 15 minutes until one other hiked came. Saw about 10-15 people total on a Saturday morning.

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