Overview Chimney Gulch is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Golden, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Reviews Photos Tracks Chris Aipperspach (346) 26 days ago N/A: 3 Completed 2 Reviews Loved this trail. We had a great time. Took dogs out for the first time with their hiking packs! Michael Schon (314) 3 months ago N/A: 5 Completed 5 Reviews Great trail with some amazing views - pretty crowded with bikes and other hikers for a weekday but certainly worth it for the views alone. Many different options if you're not up for the full seven miles - makes a great sunset hike... Great trail with some amazing views - pretty crowded with bikes and other hikers for a weekday but certainly worth it for the views alone. Many different options if you're not up for the full seven miles - makes a great sunset hike... Alan Scheer (46) 4 months ago N/A: 1 Completed 1 Reviews The trail head is right in town, so it's easy to get to. The lower part of the trail is pretty exposed, but the upper half is nice and shady. Ends at the Lookout Mountain nature center, for convenient water refills. Courtney Barker (503) 5 months ago N/A: 11 Completed 1 Reviews Loved this hike. Wouldn't say it's 'difficult' being exposed to the elements makes it a little tougher though. We got a late start due to a late night the night before and started at 1:30pm. You are exposed for a majority of the hike so bring lots of sunscreen! Nice hike so close to denver!! Jeff Sirovatka 6 months ago N/A: 3 Completed 7 Reviews This is one of my favorite "go-to" hikes. It's close to town, there's a good amount of shade, and beautiful scenery. I wouldn't go so far as to call it difficult, there is a spot about halfway up where there was a rockslide that can be tough to negotiate through, but other than that I'd rate it as medium. As you reach higher spots you catch impressive views of Denver or the Front Range. There's a brook that runs down the mountain that's a perfect drinking spot if you bring a four-legged friend. It's a popular spot, so you'll come across a lot of hikers (and unfortunately, mountain bikers). I don't think I've ever hiked this trail without coming across a deer or two. Dichele J 7 months ago N/A: 13 Completed 2 Reviews Great hike! Decent climb with a beautiful view at the top. There isn't much shade at the beginning of the trail, then there are plenty of trees for a small portion. Bring lots of water and wear sunscreen Danee Chavez (339) 8 months ago N/A: 12 Completed 4 Reviews Quick hike, quick inclination, great top view! Great downward trail running and not too busy! L.t. Atwell (594) 9 months ago N/A: 22 Completed 20 Reviews This trail is really fun, doesnt offer very many great views though. Currently there is a lot of packed snow and slush, so Yactracs are a good idea for the way down as it is very slick. Lots of people use the trail so if you done like seeing plenty of people on the trail, it might not be the best one for you. Jeff Miller (15072) about 1 year ago N/A: 154 Completed 65 Reviews This is an excellent trail that starts in Golden near Clear Creek. While many people choose to start at Windy Saddle and ride this trail as a downhill, it is also an excellent climb. You can pedal all the way up to the Nature Center and Buffalo Bill's Grave. You can then turn around for an excellent descent back down Chimney Gulch. Or, from the Nature Center, a short road ride across the top of Lookout Mountain puts you at the top of the Apex Trail and The Enchanted Forest. This long and fast downhill pops you out south of Golden. Paved bike paths take you right back to town. Chimney Gulch to Apex is one of my all time favorite loops. Camden Parker (77) over 1 year ago N/A: 1 Completed 1 Reviews I found this trail to be very fun. The start of the trail was at the top of Mt. Zion on the side of the road opposite from the parking lot at the top. The trail flowed together very nicely and combined with the tight turns and switchbacks made this trail very fun. At the bottom the trail is loaded with little jumps that flow perfectly together. So this trail is very fun to ride but you always have to be on the lookout for hikers and other bikers on the trail. I give it a four out of five stars.