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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.
Mount Galbraith Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
More Mount Galbraith Professional Reviews and Guides
"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"
--Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones , Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bob D Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Robert Hurst, Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides).
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