Chimney Gulch

Golden, CO
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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.

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

The Chimney Gulch Trail to Lookout Mountain is quickly becoming an old standby. A friend and I went most recently on a week day during March. Though usually a rather crowded trail, popular with mountain bikers toward the bottom and families toward the top, we thankfully found the trail relatively empty. We did however run into a couple of precarious icy patches. I would highly recommend this trail so early in the season, but would advise caution if we have received any Spring snow storms.

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69 Completed 39 Reviews

Easy hiking trail. Why it is name Chimney Gulch Trail is beyond me. Started at 2pm, not many on the trail.

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10 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail! Got on the trail around 9am on a Sunday and didn't see anyone until the hallway point just before the first bridge. On the way down I passed a group about every 5min or so.

It was a clear day and could see out past Denver and DIA. The trail was 50% snowpack but pretty easy going. Lots of mud but that's to be expected this time of year.

My heelers enjoyed this hike as everyone on the trails were nice and so where their dogs. Mountain bikers were courteous and actually yielded to the dogs. That's hard to find.

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10 Completed 6 Reviews

Great trail. We got on to the trail fairly late in the day around 1:15 PM, in spite of that however it was pretty much empty due to the weather at the time (foggy, and partial snow). Really enjoyed the views and saw three elk perched on the side of the mountain waiting out the snow. Overall well worth the very short drive. Only downside is the parking on the lower trailhead is right off the side of the road so if you have dogs it can be a bit nerve racking getting unpacked and ready. There was sufficient snow to snowshoe but they were not needed. Used yaktrax on the way down it really made the decent easier.

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Loved this trail. We had a great time. Took dogs out for the first time with their hiking packs!

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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...

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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.

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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!!

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Jeff Sirovatka

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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.

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Dichele J

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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

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