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This trail might have some of the best views in Colorado. There's a lot of boulders in and along the trail. This will slow anyone who wishes to run it. I went with a family member who's not much of a hiker and it took three hours to finish. I'll be going back to get a new personal record.

Beautiful views but the entire time we were hiking we heard very loud gunshots from the adjoining private property which ruined any chance of a peaceful hike.

3 days ago

Love it

Quick hike

Absolutely love this trail. It has a good bit of incline too it but the majority of it is covered. Beautiful pines and aspen trees everywhere. We have hiked it in September and in January and have loved it both times.

Was shocked to find a Rattlesnake on Rim Rock Trail. Be aware its their home, they sun themselves about 10 am.

Best light trail closest to Denver, but has moments of challenges.

Lots of rocks, good incline, did not get all the way to the top. My dog was not feeling so good. Pretty views. I think it would be better early in the morning watch the sun come up. Will do again for sure.

Pretty hot in the sun, but totally worth the views of the Coors Brewery and dowtnown! You can even see DIA from the top. Made the loop including the summit in 1h47m, 4.36 miles.

Great hike for out-of-towners who want a taste of the mountains without going into a flop sweat. Mostly sunny path, but it's open enough to catch a breeze as well as an expansive shot of the east half of Colorado.

Hiked this trail on 6/8/2018 on a gorgeous day. We started at the parking lot right before you enter Lookout Mountain Park. Hiked uphill on a paved road for about 15 minutes before reaching the Chimney Gulch Trail. There were very nice views while hiking and then a great view once you reach the top. Pretty strenuous hike, but very rewarding. Seems to be a high volume mountain biking trail, so be aware. Easy drive from Golden, Denver or Lakewood. Enjoy!

Great hike. It was very crowded and there were a decent amount of mountain bikers. The trail was slightly washed out in spots which made it difficult to hike. The view at the top was beautiful and the Aspens were starting to change. The elevation gain was tough but the view made the climb worth it.

Nice elevation-

Nice views, easy to get to. Not a ton of shade so best on cooler days.

Loved this hike. Awesome views and the aspens were beautiful. Took me about 2.5 hours

Nice easy hike when you are short on time. We didn’t do the whole thing because of that reason, but it’s an easy hike up. Nice views of the city and mountains in the distance. Great workout

It was a good trail for hiking. Lots of rocks, didn't wear the proper shoes for this trail. Very nice work out and got the blood pumping. Would do this hike again.

Really nice hike, though my Garmin clocked it at closer to 4.5 miles. Nice steep (ish) incline for the first couple miles, but the views are awesome. We went last Thursday in the afternoon and there were maybe 4 or 5 other people on the trail. Super close to town. Really convenient.

Easy to navigate and well maintained. Beautiful day.

Trailhead comes up quick when you're driving up 6 in the canyon but plenty of parking. Weekend days alternate between allowing only mountain bikers and only hikers so when in doubt check beforehand so you know who's allowed there on what day. Easy switchbacks to get higher into the foothills with nice views of the canyon. Juniper loop up top is really easy and some nice mountain views on the back side.

Awesome trail. There and back with a few side trails to diversify. They call the trail 'primitive' as there are some overgrown spots and steep trackside drop offs. We took the main trail out and hit Chave and Gaskill side trails on the way back. Clocked in about 21 miles and 8 miles at a brisk hike rate with a few snack stops.

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16 days ago

Nice workout and decent views

on Beaver Brook Trail

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16 days ago

Varied terrain and deep enough in the canyons to block the traffic noise and visual pollution.

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16 days ago

Low amount of traffic during the week and so close!

Beautiful view of Denver, Golden, and Front range. A Quick climb.

This is a short loop starting at the lookout point. Easy hike with lots of shade and beautiful forest scenery. The tail at the end of this loop is actually the start of mule deer trail. It follows the road for a bit before you start walking in open meadows. Overall a quite, peaceful hike over labor day weekend with few runners and quite a few bikes. My dog enjoyed the easy hike and all the other dogs were well behaved.

Nice trail! Not magnificently scenic but it’s pretty in its own way. We went on Labor Day morning and there were very few people there, so it was great. I can see how it would be a pain if there were a lot of bikers on it though. Overall a pretty trail! Our dog had a blast!

It was step but fairly easy, I think the best time to go is from 4:00-5:00 because it mostly shady at that time. It was a bite to close to the highway and others houses. I did not do the entire hike.

I love Golden! This trail is a li the difficult but short and amazing at the top. There’s so much room to walk around to aaa different views of the metro area.

Nice little morning hike, the aspens are changing!

Great trail! Dog friendly.

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