Lookout Mountain Trail

Windy Saddle Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain778ft
Trailhead Elevation6,917ft
Elevation Min/Max6917/7555ft
Elevation Start/End6917/6917ft

Lookout Mountain Trail

Lookout Mountain Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Windy Saddle Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 6,917 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 778 feet. Beaver Brook Trailhead and other parkings and the KOSI-FM (Denver) (elevation 7,300 feet) tower are near the trailhead. There are also an information guidepost, benches, information boards, restrooms, a waste basket, a parking, a picnic site, and a viewpoint. Along the trail there is a car park. This trail connects with the following: Buffalo Bill Trail, Chimney Gulch Trail and Beaver Brook Trail.

Lookout Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"At less than 10 miles round-trip, the climb and descent of Lookout Mountain Road is one of the shortest rides in this book. But as you can see from the profile (and guess from the name), it is by no means easy."

"This is a hill climber’s route up Lookout Mountain, visiting the grave of Buffalo Bill Cody and an accompanying museum. In 1917 Buffalo Bill Cody—the former trapper, Pony Express rider, army scout, and buffalo meat supplier to railroad crews, who parlayed his nationwide celebrity as a frontiersman into worldwide celebrity with his Wild West Show—found himself not
only dead but trapped on Lookout Mountain.

Buffalo Bill had expressed a wish, in writing no less, to be buried above his namesake town, Cody, Wyoming, so it’s a Colorado mystery how he ended up here. Revenge of the buffalo According to one theory, his widow subverted his final wish
because she was bitter about Bill’s infidelities. But that may be a bit of a smokescreen to cover what really happened."

"While only 23 miles long, this loop through the hills west of Denver packs a punch, with over 2,500 feet of climbing."

"A short but strenuous climb of one of the locals’ favorite hills, this version of the beloved Lookout Mountain ride includes a back-side loop and a bonus climb. Terrain: A moderate but lengthy climb on a well-designed tourist road. The back-side climb is steeper but shorter. Total elevation gain is about 1,600 feet.

Traffic and hazards: The descent has the potential for danger, like any mountain descent. Ride within your limits and make sure your equipment is functioning. Surface conditions are generally good, but watch for rough road and potholes on the lower part of the descent as you reenter the residential zone."

"If you’re in the mood for a quick climb near Denver, nothing beats Lookout Mountain. This version of the local favorite is a loop that uses a neighborhood bike path in its descent off the mountain. Before William “Buffalo Bill” Cody died in 1917, he made it clear that he wanted to be buried on a hill overlooking Cody, Wyoming. How he ended up at the top of a hill overlooking Golden, Colorado, remains a minor mystery.

A lack of funds might have necessitated a change in plans; others suggest that Cody’s widow, Louisa, monkey-wrenched the burial out of spite and bitterness, encasing him in the granite on Lookout as punishment for extramarital affairs."

"What started out as a summer home in 1917 for one of Colorado’s more prominent families has been turned into a nature retreat for everyone to enjoy. Only about a 20-minute drive from downtown Denver, Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve is a 134-acre corner of forestland that overlooks Denver and the eastern plains. After so many walks with views of the distant mountains from Denver, now you get to turn around and look down at what was once called the Queen City of the Plains. From up here, that moniker makes more sense than the Mile High City. This is a perfect walk for families with young children, as it gives little ones a taste of the mountains and the thrill of seeing some wildlife with the comfort of picnic tables and benches, plus educational materials and displays inside and outside."

"Carved into the south rim of Clear Creek Canyon, the Beaver Brook Trail connects Windy Saddle on Lookout Mountain to Genesee Park. Though it’s easily accessible from Golden or Denver, the trail has a backcountry feel.

It’s a good choice in spring when the high country has not yet melted, and in the summer months it can be a cooler alternative to much of the hiking close to Denver. It has views, wildflowers, creek crossings, and rock scrambling."

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this is a fun hill. great views of Golden and beyond. a really decent road up and over. road bike, mountain bike, fat bike bring it, and a extra layer of cloths for the decent.
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This is a requisite climb for any Denver area road biker. It never gets super steep so pretty much anyone can bag it and the descent is a blast! I think it's better to park in Golden though and ride a couple miles before the ascent to get the legs warmed up. It starts going up right away from the parking lot in the guide. CHEERS!

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Trail Information

Windy Saddle Park
Nearby City
Windy Saddle Park
Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve, Jefferson County Parks
Local Contacts
Jefferson County Parks Lookout Mountain Nature Center; Sky Terrain Golden Evergreen Trail
Local Maps

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Oct 2018