Explore the most popular trail running 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.

This loop is difficult for the elevation change and often technical trail.

This trail is our go to for escaping the city during the week. It’s very easy but always leaves you feeling worked after. A must hike if you’re looking for a trail close to the city. Cheers!

Not a bad hike. Fairly moderate in difficulty, didnt have to stop to take many breaks. Decent views, not a ton of traffic. Good hike for bringing a dog. Main views are primarily of Golden and the surrounding area which isnt overly spectacular in my opinion. Overall a good, couple hour outting.

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.

2 days 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!

Pretty good hike. Accurate description. I decided to bring my dog with me and noticed that they had to be on leash the entire time, but everyone else I saw had their dogs off leash. Got ran up on several times by lazy dog owners and their dogs because they were off leash. Although nothing happened, the owners of the respected dogs were too far away to do anything if something had happened. Overall a decent experience.

Difficult with easy patches, making it pleasant to keep going. Lots of options for alternative trails. Many beautiful views.

The views were beautiful! Lots of fun rocks to climb. Took us about two hours with some good breaks. Super sunny! Be sure to bring sunscreen and water.

Love the variability on this hike of elevation gain and loss. Also enjoy the stream crossing several times. Usually pretty heavily trafficked. Don’t park on the road if it’s super busy, I got a parking ticket!

Nice little hike. Went on a Friday 5/18/2018; day before and during our hike it was sunny, partly cloudy, went up around 9AM. Saw a few hikers, especially where some of the trails meet up. The meadow was pretty, and signage available throughout the route was helpful to understand the history of trail.

Very little traffic on a Monday lunchtime. Really nice, steady hike. A couple of snakes by the trail but no hassles.

Very cool, easy, and fun hike! Has great views of Golden with tons of spots to stop and enjoy them near the top! Definitely recommend!

4 days ago

Still one of our favorites. Although it was very foggy this day and there were no views from Windy Peak, the hike through the foggy forest was surreal. The brook was running pretty good and made for a nice soundtrack to the hike and a few waterfalls. Very quiet because of the weather. However this trail tends to be pretty quiet most days. Great hike no matter the weather.

Fun quick trail with a great view of the Coors brewery. A little bit of mud but nothing crazy. A good choice for a nice hike close to Denver.

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5 days ago

Google maps took us to another trail head than what is suggested on this trail. We ended up starting at the other end of Belcher Hill Trail.

It’s a beautiful trail; we did it today with our 1 year old daughter - she loved all the wildflowers and birds. Lots of birds and green on the trail. As it was rainy for a couple of days - there are wide muddy areas on the trail - had to be careful not to slip on the mud. Saw 3 people slip on our short trip. There are so many options to go about the trail - long or short - Will definitely go back later this year.

5 days ago

Great hike. Wonderful views. Crazy muddy though. Incredibly slippery. The dog and shoes were covered in mud by the end.

5 days ago

this is a private trail. you cannot hike it without owners permission.

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!

Great trail for a mid week hike, lots of friendly and considerate fellow folks.

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

I liked this Hike. Just getting the Summer going and I liked that right at the beginning it challenged my big butt with a steep incline. Nice scenery too.

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.

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.

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