Mount Galbraith

Golden, Colorado 80403

Mount Galbraith

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"The 812 acres in Mount Galbraith Park comprise the first hiker-only Open Space Park in
Jefferson County. Close to Golden, the trail steeply ascends and then loops around 7,260-foot Mount Galbraith, offering expansive views of city and peaks and often sightings of bighorn sheep, elk, and red-tailed hawks."

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Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides)
Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones
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"This is a short but hard run. From the trailhead, follow the Cedar Gulch Trail as it immediately begins to climb up the northern side of Mount Galbraith. The trail switchbacks up through mixed forest and open grasses, heading first west and then east. After 1.2 miles of climbing the Cedar Gulch Trail ends and the Mount Galbraith Loop begins. Turn right (west) onto the Mount Galbraith Loop and immediately begin a fast but short descent before climbing again as you loop around in a counterclockwise direction. At" Read more
Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"A beautiful hike up and around Mount Galbraith (7,163 feet) on a trail in one of the newest Jefferson County Open Space parks. There are beautiful vistas in all directions. Wildflowers, yuccas, cacti, cedar, ponderosas, juniper, and lodgepole pines line the trail, which travels through several deep-cut gulches up to Mount Galbraith." Read more
Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"Walk in the footsteps of ancient people on this rugged, rocky route near Golden. This is a truly fun hike with a lot of vertical and visual appeal. When the first round of American gold-grubbers moseyed west in 1849-50, passing through Colorado on their way to California, some of them dipped into the creeks of the Front Range to see what they could find. Lewis Ralston found traces of the glittery treasure near the confluence of Clear Creek and what is now called Ralston Creek. Not enough to stop their journey to California, but enough to cause some excitement. News of the discovery percolated for years after the California rush fizzled, then helped drive the new rush to “Pikes Peak,” as would-be gold-seekers called the Front Range region. Ralston Creek is now best known for its contamination." Read more

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10/19/2014
A very nice hike with a nice view of the city of Denver and near by mountains. There is a lot foot traffic on weekends but the trials were relatively clean and the trail was easy to follow. I would do this one again.
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9/5/2010
Great hike with views that are worth the amount of traffic this trail has to offer for a Sunday afternoon hike.
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7/14/2010
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7/19/2008
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5/7/2007
This trail is awesome. It's well marked - the sign is B.B. in red. It's got gradual sections and steep sections, great places to stop and lots of water. Some parts feel secluded, enclosed by the trees while others are exposed with great views of Clear Creek Canyon. I have hiked it only from the Gennessee Park end thus far, but plan to do the whole thing soon. A word of advice - don't take the Chavez Trail in spring - there are many river crossings and it's quite dangerous.
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6/24/2006
I have hiked this trail twice, once last summer and once this summer. The first half mile or so is very rocky, including having to cross two rock slides. If you are not sure-footed be careful! The views are beautiful, and the trail is mostly in the shade so it is a good choice for summer. This trail was not very crowded at all, we only ran into a few other groups. This trail continues well past the distance indicated, so if you're looking for a nice 6-7 mile hike, don't count this hike out.
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Trail Information

Golden
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.2
Distance
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Hiking
Additional Use
Mount Galbraith Park, Jefferson County Parks
Local Contacts
Jefferson County Parks Mount Galbraith Park
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018