Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Golden with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail. No tree cover for the first two miles or so, which means you return to that at the end of the loop. Be prepared for it if you’re hiking in the heat. The portion near the top is nicely shaded. Beautiful views all around. I wouldn’t rate this hard. Definitely moderate, but I am not in great shape and I was fine on this trail. I clocked this trail around 7.5 miles.

Alrighty not the best hike for the afternoon. Very hot for summer as the initial ascent up until you cross the actual road, there is no shade. Breezier and shaded up top. We also met a park ranger at the top in the parking lot that connects this trail to the look out mountain and beaver brook so its nice to know that there are knowledgeable and helpful people around. Also this is a popular mountain biking trail too so if its a mixed use day, be aware of mountain bikers, especially on the switchbacks.

Hiked this with my sister, and we are both very active. Took about 3 hours total and we ended up going 7.4 miles. The views throughout were great, but the best at the top of lookout mountain. Would definitely do it again. It's so hot with limited shade I would recommend starting early, and be cautious with your pets.

12 days ago

Easy off road trail. We live here half the year, so we give directions in this area a lot

Great find today! Needed to bring more water but loves the views.

Nice and easy with some pretty views. Lovely wildflowers in bloom. Took about 2 hours with some short breaks.

Nice hike with really easy access. You do get some of the road noise for the first mile or so, but then it gets quieter. The second half of the hike has some nice shade, but the beginning can get quite hot. We enjoyed this as a July hike, but Winter or Spring would definitely be the time to do this! Note that this particular trail doesn't go all the way to the top of Lookout Mountain/Buffalo Bill's grave, but you could really easy extend it to do so. Also: after the second road crossing, be sure to go left through the parking lot and pick the trail back up there. There are a couple of other trails across the road to the right that lead elsewhere. If you don't have as much time, you could also park at one of two parking lots on the way up and do only a portion of the trail.

Great weather, and the Columbines were just blooming. Absolutely beautiful views. runs through forest area, meadows, and rocky outlooks. There were some flat stretches but mostly incline/decline hiking.

We did the loop part only, starting and ending at Panorama Point. Its about 3 miles. It wasn't a hard trail but I can see it would be for people who don't hike as much.You go downhill, no matter which was you start (we went clockwise, which seemed the better option after completing it). But there are some great views, you pass through pines trees, aspens, along the creek, and lots of wild flowers, including columbines near the creek. Parts of the trail were rocky and muddy, and be on the look out for mountain bikers, they don't all announce their presence.

off road driving
1 month ago

The beginning of the trail is very open and not much to look at (starting at the south end). However, as the trail goes north it gets more interesting. We took an offshoot to the Mammoth Gulch Reservoir which has plenty of camping. The ghost town of Apex seemed unfriendly(a lot of posted signs) so we turned around and didn’t check it out.

My first time to Denver was in late April and I only had a single Saturday to do something in the outdoors.

I looked all over to find a trail that had a little bit of everything, and let me tell you this trail exceeded my expectations.
Great amount of elevation gain and length, streams, wild flowers, small amounts of rocks, wildlife such as birds and deer all over.

lovely hike through trees and along a creek until you start climbing toward the top. it's an incline but not at all too steep. good hike for folks coming into town. weren't too many folks on a Friday morning, but there were some mountain bikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with a little bit of everything--river, views, and a constant uphill for a good workout. Definitely heavily trafficked, but to be expected for something so close to town. Saw lots of deer with their antlers growing in!

Perfect views even on a cloudy day- can’t wait to go back to see the aspen leaves change color at this location!

It is a good trail to get your blood pumping with beautiful views and smell of nice flowers and wildlife.

Decent 3 hr hike. Reach little early to get the parking. Nice view on top.

off road driving
2 months ago

Confirmed from Andrews experience. Went today and didn’t get very far after that first big switchback. Don’t get stuck, wait a few mor weeks!

Update May 28. Road is free of snow and was a great ride up to Dakota Hill! Took moon and gamble on the way back down to Rollins. Recommended!

great hike. limited parking

Nice high-moderate hike. Good views. Decent number of bikes on the trail.

off road driving
3 months ago

Headed up April 14th 2018 through Apex road, made it after the switchback and a little up the road there was a turn around followed by another snow cover unmaintained road. We headed up the snowy road for about .25-.5 miles. Got stuck in a snow drift and had to call AAA to come pull us out. 8 hours later we made it out. Tow truck had lots of trouble even with chains getting up to where we were. I m the dummy for not waiting.

Lost dog. His name is Stanley and he was last seen on this trail on 4/5. He is a 70 pound wire haired German Shorthair pointer. Very friendly. If you see him please call 720-940-1089. If you can grab his collar and catch him please do so. His owner is hiking the area to find him as we speak.

Pretty solid hike! We started at the trailhead and broke off to Beaver Brook toward the top... a little slick in some areas, but not bad - micro spikes or yaktrax are optional.

Great hike! A little windy today at the top but was beautiful!

Moderately hard...best view is when you reach the top. There are two other nice trails it leads into: Beaver Brook Trail and the Lookout Mountain trail.

Had a great time hiking this trail with my dog. We went during July and it was a beautiful the whole way through.

Beautiful views during fall!

trail running
4 months ago

The view was okay. Weather was incredibly nice (67F in February!) but it was icey and muddy some point. A lot of traffic with hikers, runners and bikers. Since I have done Lookout mountain before, I didn't go all the way to finish this map. Still got 1.5 hour of hike done.

Easily one of my favorite hikes in the front range. Quick ascension, GORGEOUS views of Kitteridge. Hiked yesterday and micros were nice for traction at the beginning but the snow/ice thinned out towards the top. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a quick hike with rewarding views.. perfect for visitors

Started from the bottom and it was more beautiful than even the pictures I took. Highly recommend this trail! Beautiful views of Denver in the distance and just incredible landscape.

Great hike. Decent work out. Dog friendly! Great view of downtown Denver and the mountains.

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