Explore the most popular forest 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 hike with beautiful limestone bluffs and flowing creeks. There can be a few nice vistas from the trail as long as you remember to keep your head head up. Very crowded on a Saturday.

My roommates and I tackled this bad boy last Saturday (5/12) as a part of a challenge checklist associated with Cotopaxi's Questival. We started our trek around 12:30 pm after completing Mount Falcon a little earlier in the day. It took us a little over an hour and a half to complete the loop.

It would have been prudent to start this one earlier in the day, as the tiny little parking lot only has the capacity to facilitate about 20 vehicles max.We had to wait about 10 - 15 minutes for someone to come back from their hike and steal their spot before anyone else had the ability to do so.

The hike itself was packed with people, especially on the way down. Like Mount Falcon, Galbraith was also covered in mist all the way up to the summit.

This was a relatively easy hike, but was definitely a bit more challenging for our group after summitting Falcon a few hours prior and then driving directly to the Mount Falcon trailhead to complete that, as well. This brought our hiking total for the day to 11.6 miles roundtrip.

This is a nice little trek that almost anyone in somewhat decent shape could complete with little to no problems.

This is a great trail. Not really a mountain viewing trail at all. Lots of switchbacks and runs along a creek which makes for a good amount of shade and some inclines. I would not rate this as moderate at all, but also not for someone who has only done a few hikes in their life or not from Colorado. My friend and I finished it easily in under 2.5 hours.

Fun hike - saw a couple of snakes and thought one to be a rattle because it was coiled and hissing. Met up with some Park rangers and confirmed it. Bummed I didn’t get to finish it, but had a good time anyway. Will probably be back! Just be suuuuper careful of snakes.

Beautiful hiking trail. No mountain bikes allowed is a huge plus for me. Some parts are steep but the trees give you plenty of shade!

Love this trail! Great hike near Denver. The Enchanted Forest section puts you in dense forest. Saw a herd of Elk resting in a meadow above the trail last week. This is one trail I do every year as soon it’s warm enough.

Very cool! Goes pretty deep into the wooded areas, great leg workout with the ups and downs of the trail

Great trail! Beautiful views! A little difficult for someone that’s just getting into hiking but super fun. My dog was pulling me up the inclines. Some of the paths are slanted and a little slick but not impossible. I recommend hiking shoes.

Great hike with my dog, mostly shaded and river crossings to cool off. Easy access and parking.

Quiet day on the trail, foggy, but beautiful! Buffalo Bill Trail to Beaver Brook Trail - Windy Saddle Open Space 13.4 miles round trip. I did not see a waterfall that was listed in the description. There is a small water feature around mile 3 but other then that there was not any waterfalls.

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

Amazing hike. We did the scramble down first which was pretty challenging in spots. We also took the opportunity to stop and take in all the beauty. Great trail.

great day hike! about half the trail follows a creek bed that is beautiful with lots of footbridges crossing it. the loop trail is somewhat poorly marked so pay attention to maps and trail markers but the views are great!

The first couple miles starting at trailhead are rocky and you’ll have to scramble a little. Due to trails proximity to a main road, the first couple miles of the trail have moderate hiker traffic. Once you pass the overlook views in first couple miles of trail, there is little to no hiker traffic. Trail as a whole is difficult due to length, but the change in elevation isn’t that noticeable or hard. Once you arrive to loop, trail leads you to open field area with good views. Overall I recommend trail to anyone needing a good workout or trail run.

Beautiful day- wildflowers, hummingbirds and water rushing in the streams. Perfect temperature!

Beautiful hike! Lots of rocks along the trail but it made it fun. First mile has a pretty steady incline after that it’s pretty easy.

Loved it. Definitely need good shoes for this trail, lots of maneuvering/climbing around rocks. It was clear and beautiful the whole way.

Went Mid day mid week and lots of Mountain bikers.
The enchanted forest is gorgeous but if you go Mid day it’s pretty warm on the APEX trail getting there.

The directions took me to a nearby school.

Awesome meadows. Mountain views. Lightly trafficked by other hikers. Some mountain bikers but not too many. Spotted lots of deer. Easy parking

on Mule Deer Trail

10 days ago

Listed as moderate but honestly very easy in terms of a wonderfully maintained trail. The only reason to rate is as moderate is because of the length of the loop.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike! Well marked trail, a variety of different views and terrain. Didn't see a soul the entire time I was out there (for you solitude junkies)

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

It was great. Easy to moderate. Beautiful and easy to get to

Good, moderately difficult hike with the dog. I ended up doing the loop counter clockwise, so the first 1/3 I was scrambling down rocks in my tennis shoes. Definitely should’ve worn hiking boots. All streams were easy to cross, but if there had been more rain the ones without foot bridges would’ve been a muddy endeavor. Went at 9:30 on a Tuesday - lovely and quiet - ran into a handful of other hikers and dogs. Not muddy at all. Well marked trail - but downloading the map did help with a few confusing spots. With regards to what a previous review said, maybe forgo if you don’t like heights...it’s not crazy drop offs or anything, but the trail does run along a ravine for awhile.

Awesome trail.

hiking
12 days ago

Great for a hike so close to Denver. It can be very busy for the first mile or so but if you do the whole lollipop (which for us clocked in at 11.6 miles) you will have the trail to yourself for long stretches. Difficult because of length and some rocky terrain. Nice diversity of forest, meadow and some peak views. A couple of creek crossings which were nice for the dog on a hot day. No snow or ice at this time. Parking lot is small so try and get there early.

HEADS UP.... the AllTrails map is outdated and incorrect. The loop starts at the East side of the parking lot in a newer trail, and not on the west side on the gravel road. The gravel road is now posted for no foot traffic. This is a 5 mile loop from the parking lot. 100% in the woods which are very nice. Trail is well groomed and marked. First 1/3 is downhill. middle 1/3 runs along the creek and gently slopes down with some nominal rocks to climb over. Foot bridges are constructed to get across the creek easily. last 1/3 is a steep climb back up. We went 2 days after a lot of rain and the relatively few muddy spots were easy to step around. this is not the hike for great expansive views... it's almost all in the trees. 2.5 hours round trip. all the trails are well marked, but definitely take your alltrails map so you know which direction to go at intersections. trail head is just off the highway. Lots of friendly people with dogs on the trail, which was fun.

loved it! wouldn't consider myself an experienced hiker and this trail offered a good mix of views, challenging stretches (turning onto Chavez trail), and ease of use.

on Mountain Lion Trail

hiking
13 days ago

This is a really great loop trail that passes through a remarkable variety of terrain and natural beauty. There’s quite a bit of snow on the north side, but traction is not necessary.

Trail was nice. Crowded and a bit too easy for me. Views ok.

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