A Few Scenic Hikes near Golden

One of my favorite reasons for living in Colorado is getting outside and being in nature.  Spring is just around the corner, and hiking and camping season is almost upon us.  There are some amazing and beautiful short and easy to moderate hikes very close by ~ Here are a few of my favorites close to the Golden area.

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Diamond Lake Trail is a 3 mile out and back trail located near Nederland, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible from July until September.

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park is located near Golden, Colorado and features beautiful wild flowers, dense forest, rocky peaks, and some amazing trails. The Golden Gate Canyon Loop is an 8.1 mile loop primarily used for camping, hiking & trail running and is accessible from May until October. There are also some amazing shorter hikes with epic views.

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Maxwell Falls

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Maxwell Falls Lower Trail is a 3.9 mile loop trail located near Evergreen, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and horses and is accessible from March until October.

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Hessie Trail

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Hessie Trail is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Nederland, CO that features a lake (Devils Thumb Lake). The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Hiking Trails around Golden Colorado

One of the reasons I love Golden, is the numerous outdoor experiences I can have straight out my door.  It is unique in Denver to have a community with such great access to so many outoor activities from road biking to kayaking, climbing and hiking to numerous mountain biking options.  Locals and future home seekers are drawn to Golden because of it’s access to these open spaces and trails, and the small town mountain feel.  Many of our neighborhoods in Golden are literally within walking distance of some great trails.  I thought it would be helpful to list some of the key trails in Golden that people love to explore.

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The Chimney Gulch Trail can be picked up right off the paved bike path that follows Clear Creek West of Downtown Golden.  Less than a half mile West of the Golden Recreation Center and Clear Creek Whitewater Park, there is a bridge that crosses the creek as the paved trail splits, and a section heads south towards Colorado School of Mines.  Once across the brige you will see a small brown sign on your right, with access to the trail.  This trail is a single track trail that will take you to the top of Lookout Mountain through open meadows and pine forests where both the Nature Center and Boettcher Mansion are located.  You can either come back down the trail, or make a loop and connect with the Apex Trail near the nature center and cirlcle back to Golden through the paved path that starts just beyond Heritage Dells.

The Apex Trail can be accessed just south of the Heritage Dells Neighborhood in the Heritage Square parking lot area.  There is a sign and parking with a trail map at the North edge of the Parking lot.  This trail will wind up the mountain, or follow the creek all the way to the top of Lookout Mountain as well.  This is a great mountain biking and hiking trail, that will take you through open meadows, Pine and Aspen groves, and beautiful vistas with views of Golden and beyond.  It won’t take you long before you run into some dear, and possibly the elk heard that roams around Lookout Mountain and Golden.

Another great hiking trail is the Lubahn trail that starts on the corner of Belvedere and 19th and heads up South Table Mountain to the trails on top.  You can access the Castle Rock overlooking Golden, or try some of the other trails that wind through South Table Mountain.  This is an intermediate trail that boasts great views overlooking Golden and the Foothills.  If you are into Sunsets, this trail is a must.

North Table Mountain has numerous trail options and is a great hiking and mountain biking area on the North Side of Golden.  There are several trailheads around North Table Mountain.  The closest access point to Golden is off Peery Drive, and this trail crosses the West side of the Mountain, with a steep trail that connects to the Table Top.  The main parking area for North Table Mountain is off highway 93, just North of Pine Ridge Rd on the East side of highway 93.  From this trailhead you can find hiking, biking, and horseriding access to all of North Table.  There is also access through the Mesa Meadows neighborhood on the North side, just off Wyoming Circle.

Another option for hiking only, is the Mount Galbraith trail just above the Mountain Ridge neighborhood in Golden.  You can access the main parking area for this hiking area just off Golden Gate Canyon Road, about a mile West of highway 93.  This is a hiking only trail, but has great views, and many quiet spaces to explore.  There is a small access point in the Mountain Ridge neighborhood as well just off Canyon Point Circle.

For more information on Golden, or Real Estate in the area, feel free to give Jeff Fox of The Fox Group a call at 720-891-5751

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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Another one of my favorite places is Golden Gate Canyon State Park.  This state park is approx 15 miles from Golden up Golden Gate Canyon Rd.  This is a favorite spot for hikers, bikers, wildlife lovers, flower watchers, campers and much more.  What is great about this area, is that it is not that well known, so it is rarely crowded, but you can still get the full Colorado Experience.  I have spent a lot of time here, but still have not been on all the trails, because there are so many to choose from.  With over 12,000 acres of open space to explore, there is way too much to see.  There are deep forests of pine an conifer, aspen groves, open meadows, little streams, remote cabins, campsites, picnic sites and much more.  There are two entrances to the park.  The lower entrance gives hikers access to numberous trails, picnic sites, and rental facilities. The upper entrance takes you through beautiful meadows, aspen groves, and has access to many trailheads and the campgrounds.  The camping areas include Aspen Meadows for tents only, and Reverends Ridge for trailers, campers and tents.  Sites start at around $18 per night but have all the facilities you need to be comfortable.  There are also backcountry camping options where you can hike in to your site for the night or longer.  Cabins and Yurts are also available throughout the park for a different outdoor experience.

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One of my favorite trails is the horse trail that leads up to Frasier Meadow.  In Frasier Meadow the flowers and aspen groves are incredible, and this area can be reached from several different directions depending on how long you want to hike.  (see map for details)  Another great hike is the Mountain Lion loop through The Forgotten Valley.  This hike takes you through several types of forest, and passes an old historic homestead that is a great spot for a picnic.

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I would highly recommend this State Park for anyone needing to get away, but not wanting to drive too far.  There is a daily pass of $7.00 to get into the park, but if you think you will make a habit of going, I would recommend the state parks annual pass for $70.00.

For more info on other trail options near Golden, feel free to give Jeff Fox at The Fox group at KW Avenues a call at 720-891-5751

Jeff Fox at Century 21 Golden West Realty