Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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.

6 hours ago

Love it

hiking
3 days ago

Trail was great. Didn’t see any mountain lions.

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!

Went here last weekend, this is now my favorite trail in Colorado. Super well marked, not a high climb, wild flowers, aspens in bloom, just amazing!

Nice elevation-

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

Again, misleading on the mileage. Not sure how they manage the miles on this website, but three people of varying gaite came to the same distance of ~7 miles. No big deal... The parking from Hwy 93 is located on the left side of the road, just before the red barn on the right. It's a small dirt road leading to the trail head parking. Good parking, but overflow is on the road, so no worries.
There are two ways to attack this trail, one is to the right and one is on the left. Depends on how you really want to tackle the hike. Both are pretty even in their ratings, and nothing too difficult. If you go left, from the parking, you will have an uphill for the most part. Both trails start with a small run through the hills, but soon become service roads. No real big deal, but they are both in the sun, so wear sunscreen or wear a hat. After that, they meander through the mountains. Agree that the streams run the path, but with the lack of rain fall, not much so. It's a nice hike, shared with bikers and others. Enjoyable, none the less. Nice hike and would do so again. Considering this is the second time as we could not locate Burro trail There are many junctions off this trail.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice easy hike. Not a lot of shade.

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.

Lovely hike. Will be one of our go-tos since it's so close to Denver. Great view of Red Rocks. It wasn't very crowded on a Sunday morning/early afternoon. Definitely be prepared for very little shade along the way!

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.

hiking
12 days ago

good variety of terrain. lackluster views despite a long and grinding climb through the forest - good workout. stream was a mere trickle on labor day, but i can imagine how much nicer this trail would be if was in full flow.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice workout and decent views

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

Well market trail with great views. Straight up hill for most of it with rocks and steps good workout. Today was not crowded. Others have commented about the mountain bikes I did not have an issue they were polite and thanked everyone for moving over and would tell us if there was another bike behind them. I found the hike a challenge but enjoyed it and would do it again.

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.

This trail is dope! Great for mountain biking and hiking! This open spaces provides: Filtered Water, maps, lots of parking, and clear instructions. Please note, biking one ways on ODDs is enforced.

Bikes slow down pace

Late August: Beautiful views. Not a ton of wildlife--saw a mouse, a hawk and a few small birds. Neat desert type landscape compared to RMNP. Very open (read: no shade). Not too difficult. Moderately trafficked on Friday before Labor Day.

Decent hike. The first two miles stick pretty close to the highway, so you have a lot of noise pollution for 4 miles of the hike. It’s a popular mountain biking trail, narrow path so you’re constantly stepping out of the way. If you’re hiking I’d recommend going on an odd weekend day (like September 1st) when mountain biking is not allowed. On even weekend days hiking is not allowed. Even during the week it’s busy!
No real viewpoints, still some pretty spots. No shade coverage until you get to the Loop.

I stopped halfway through to help a guy who had a blowout, in about quarter-mile later I had a blowout as well. The rocks are super pointy and will cut through your tires.

We live near this trail, so we hike it about once per week. We typically walk up one side, across or along the rim, down another side, turn around and retrace to get back to our start. The uphill portions are a great cardio workout! The entire mesa is like a different world. We’ve seen deer grazing - and twice this summer we’ve seen rattlesnakes on the trail. The second time was this morning as we came across a baby one stretched across the trail for the sun. My advice: Take water as it’s hot up there when sunny, and, honestly, watch for snakes. Lots of people hike up wearing open sport sandals. I wear snake gaiters that go from the ankle of my hiking shoes to my knees. Whatever you wear, just be in the lookout.

Four stars because there really isn’t shade after very early morning on one of the uphill paths.

Not at all what you would expect a top a mesa. wonderful walk, floral, geological formations, views.. best climb in Golden.

23 days ago

Got there this morning at 9 am, parking lot almost full. Went clockwise on the trail, glad we did since we spent the hotter part of the day more in the shade. Good variety in scenery (open fields, forest, view of downtown and golden). Great hike for the pups. Mostly empty a few other hikers and bikers. Would definitely recommend and do again!

We were hiking but kept having to stop and move over for bikers, Trail is too narrow for both hikers and bikers.

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