Chimney Gulch Trail

Windy Saddle Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,549ft
Trailhead Elevation5,759ft
Elevation Min/Max5759/6917ft
Elevation Start/End5759/5759ft

Chimney Gulch Trail

Chimney Gulch Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Golden, Colorado. It is within Windy Saddle Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 5,759 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,549 feet. The Beaver Brook Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also parkings, benches, information boards, and restrooms. Along the trail there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Lookout Mountain Trail.

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Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"A steep hike leads into and up Chimney Gulch, located a mile from downtown Golden. Excellent views of Denver, the plains, and up Clear Creek Canyon can be seen from Windy Saddle. The trail climbs through Chimney Gulch and along steep hillsides covered with wildflowers, cacti, yuccas, and mixed pine forests. This is a year-round trail that is especially beautiful during the early summer months. From the parking area cross CO 26 and access the fire road on the east side of the highway. Pass through a gate and climb up to a trail marker at the 0.8-mile mark. Go right at the trail marker and climb along the crest of the ridge. The Dakota Ridge Trail cuts through a forest of small juniper and ponderosa pines and stays on the west side of the ridge. Reach a trail marker and the top of the ridge." Read more
Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"This ornery loop on rough, wide single-track trails offers bumps and thrills and a long climb—from the very bottom to the very top of Lookout Mountain. Instead of rolling back down the same trail, this route uses the rugged Apex network to loop back to the start. This is one of those what-goes-up-must-come-down rides. The first 3.4 miles of trail are uphill, with very few breaks. The 1,700-foot climb, on a wide single-track, is relentless but not monotonous. Around every bend you’ll find something a little bit different. The trail is moderately stacked with rock obstacles and about a half-dozen severely chunky sections that will satisfy those who enjoy interesting technical problems." Read more

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Trail Information

Windy Saddle Park
Nearby City
Windy Saddle Park
USGS: Ralston Butte
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Dec 2018