Chimney Gulch - Trail, Golden, Colorado

Chimney Gulch - Trail, Golden, Colorado

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Singletrack

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[Sep 13, 2012]
Dan
Cross Country Rider

The first mile will eat your lunch. If you don't ride regularly (2 or 3x per week) then give yourself a break and start this ride at the first visible trail up Lookout Mtn road. From that point it's a challenging but steady climb to the top. Once you are up there, definitely continue on the single track along LMR over to Apex. Return at that point, or do a loop at Apex if you have the time. Decent is smoking fun.

Similar Products Used:

Apex

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 17, 2007]
Gman
Weekend Warrior

Fun climbe with challenging switch backs at the beginging. Fun descent.

Similar Products Used:

Apex Park

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 14, 2006]
jwalker01
Cross Country Rider

"INTRO" I am a new mtb rider that started out on a hardtail 1 year ago. I went with advanced riders and did not make it a 1/4 of the way to the first road from 6th witout puking.
I have been training hard and have upgraded to a Better suspension bike, better shape and made it from 6th ave to the top at Boetchers Mansion recently only taking about three quick breaks. about 1-1/4 hr trip.

Trail Review - The initial 1 mile starting at 6th avenue is actually not too bad but does have some horrid logged switchbacks that are pretty much washed out and unrideable now, once pass these you can make it to the first road "actual Chimney Gulch" Trail head parking lot. The next 1.5 mile section starts here with a fast ascending switchback easily navigatable until you hit a rock grouping. Portage here, but back on the bike for long uphills, not to steep but can be managed by beginners and intermediates.
You will come to the forest area and cross a nice wood bridge over a stream, it is a nice break from the exposed hill sides because it can be pretty hot some days.
You will make a couple of more long hauls and turnarounds but will hit the paved road again before you realize it.
You have the option here of taking the trail upwards again toward the top or going back down.
Take the 1.2 miles up to the top. It can be rough in spots and unless you are an experienced rider, there is three small areas you will need to portage your bike over rock groups. Overall This trail is very fun but can be dangerous if not taken seriously.

Customer Service

Intermediate and Experienced riders need to start the journey from 6th avenue and go to the top.
Beginners would be better off starting at the first trail head off the Colorow Rd. "Lookout mountain rd" Trail head. I have done both and it is a workout either way. It is also a fun descent but watch out for ascending mtb's and hikers. It can be busy during the day. Best in the early morning or weekday later in the evening.

Similar Products Used:

Apex, Kind of unridable in areas and the trail is way over used. If you ride this Go back down on Enchanted forest, Much nicer views and trees than the main Apex trail fro a little while., Alot of off the beaten path trails as well but I have not taken any.
Green mountain is a nice ride but very busy as well on weekends.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 30, 2004]
ted1186
Cross Country Rider

First time up and down, and I enjoyed it. It's a pretty good aerobic workout, the downhill is pretty quick too. Only thing I don't like are the switchbacks, they are a bit tricky but good training.

Customer Service

Up and down, there are a few variations that were mentioned about including apex. Any way you go will be a fun ride.

Similar Products Used:

Matthew/Winters, Dakota Ridge, Apex

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 20, 2004]
Cheeseland import
Cross Country Rider

At first I truly hated this ride. I think (I know) I was out of shape and not used to this type of terrain. With practice and conditioning, I've grown to love this ride! It has a strenuous climb up Mt. Zion/Lookout followed by a scream'n downhill. Negatives: It can get crowded and that certainly slows the downhill. As a beginner, the switchbacks can get frustrating... I need to work on those! Lastly, certain stretches can get a little loosened up and gravely. On the bright side, that adds to the hairiness of the downhill. Positives: Killer uphill followed by a scorching downhill! I'm a firm believer that you should earn the descent and this ride certainly guarentees that. Also love the reward of the wooded section as you get higher... especially on a hot day where the shade cools you off. Also appreciate the proximity to other Front Range/Golden rides if you want some interconnection (Apex, White Ranch, Green Mtn, Hogback, Red Rocks--they are all bikeable from CGulch). All an all, a Front Range classic!

Customer Service

I always start out at the Hwy. 6 trailhead and proceed up! I've never taken it to Apex, but that is a logical addition to my next weekend ride.

Similar Products Used:

Green Mtn for a relaxed condition ride, Apex for something very similar (but I think it's more crowded). If you've driven, I'd make a west to Evergreen and ride 3 Sister. Also drive south to Deer Creek Canyon for a fun (but super congested ride).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 15, 2003]
Cross Country Rider

This really is a great trail. The climb to the top isn't technical except for a couple places. A good pace is what this trail is all about, find a pace in your middle ring and stay there almost the whole way. Careful on the way down, lots of hikers.

Customer Service

Start at windy saddle park off of 6. Find chimeny gulch trail and take it to the top. Cross the road to the right side of the lookout mountain center. Single track will take you to the top of Apex park. Down through enchanted forest and to the bottom. If you have time and energy go to Dakota ridge, it's only about five minutes south. Back to Apex, up there, then down Chemeny Gulch To hit three of the best trails in the front range in one swoop is a f#cking awesome thing. Just make time for a big meal and a little nap after.

Similar Products Used:

Deer creek, Mt Falcon, White ranch

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 20, 2003]
MTB
Cross Country Rider

Pretty hard climb up. If you can do this whole entire trail without unclipping ONCE, I give you props. Pretty hard aerobic exercise. The first part is probably the most hardest climb of this whole trail. Not a technical DH trail, but can get tricky in some parts. You can fly down this thing with ease, but watch for ppl. I would not do this trail, or any other FR trail on the weekends. It is pretty crowded as it is from after work ppl.

Customer Service

I like to do this then hook up with APEX on the top and ride the paved trail down to the original spot. Or you can ride the paved down to start of APEX and go up; hook up with chimney and go down.

Similar Products Used:

white ranch, dakota ridge.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 23, 2001]
Todd Kerbs

This is a very good trail. If you like climbing. It starts technical and goes up quick. the trail will merge and take it right. When you reach the top, there will be a house on your right, go left, and then the trail begins again on your right. follow it up about 1 mile, then you come to the road, and you can cross the road and access the trail again. The climb continues, for about another 2-3 miles to another road, same road only higher up, you can cross over it again, continue the technical climb up to a fork at this point you go to the left, continue the climb and another fork, the left takes you back to a road, and the right takes you to the top of lookout mountain. From the top you can turnaround and come back or you can continue on straight across the road, and there is a single track trail that runs next to the road, which will eventually run into Apex trail for a really long day.
I think the trail rocks, just watch out for others on your way down, since it is single track, the true definition, and please dont spread the word. This trail is for the advanced rider who is in a tad bit of shape, it should be called Chimney Grunt.

Customer Service

Start on Hwy 6 a pick a parking spot and start on the single track.

Similar Products Used:

Mt. Falcon

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 07, 2001]
Sean

This trail is absolutely great, an often overlooked gem. The beginning is quite climby with tight switchbacks. But once you reach the Nature Center (which has water fountains if you need to fill up), it levels out. The ride is not complete without adding in Apex. Once entering apex, I suggest taking the Enchanted Forest down to Sluice Box and looping back to the climb out of Apex. After exiting Apex, you should retrace the trail back to Hwy 6. The downhill is an absolute blast (and well earned with the all of the climbs put in).

Customer Service

Start off of Hwy 6 and left the fun begin.

Similar Products Used:

White Ranch, Matthews/Winters, Walker Ranch

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 15, 2001]
Pete

Very smooth trail for the most part with plenty of early switchbacks to keep you on your toes. Consistent climb to the top which rewards you with views of the front range. The downhill is great and has many fast sections. Had an experience once when I came around a turn face to face with a buck with a complete rack. Great trail.

Customer Service

Either climb to the top and come down, or climb up and do enchanted and back to chimney.

Similar Products Used:

White Ranch, Dakota, Deer Creek, Apex, Falcon, Indian Creek.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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