Lookout Moutain - Trail, Golden, Colorado

Lookout Moutain - Trail, Golden, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

I forget the name of the downhill, but it's pretty sweet. A little bit of technical stuff up top, with a scary set of drops just after the first road crossing coming from the top, then it's a dual slalom rider's dream. Turn after turn after turn with some crazy switchbacks towards the bottom.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 24, 2008]
moosehead
Cross Country Rider

Classic front range ride that has everything if linked to Apex/Enchanted Forest on the back end. Great aerobic climb of 3.4 miles on single and doubletrack with switcbacks, rock gardens, open meadows and forested trails. Despite intermediate ratings only strongest riders clean the whole ride up and down without dabbing or going OTB. Can be crowded, but if done early or late wildlife common and can feel like you are well beyond the front range.

Over the past year, and within the past two weeks, trail "improvements" have taken out some rock gardens on top 1/3 of Lookout. More flowing but less technical, generally preferred the unimproved version (sorry to those who made the effort).

Customer Service

For longer ride start on Hwy 6 and climb up Lookout/Chimney Gulch to Nature Center (crosses one gravel road and two paved roads), head south to Apex trailhead, down to Enchanted Forest, up Sluicebox to Grubstake or Pick N' Sledge, back down Apex to Golden paved trail to Lookout parking. Otherwise, basic up and down on Apex convenient and fun training route.

Similar Products Used:

White, Falcon, Walker, Bergan Peak, Green Mtn for early/late season.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 26, 2003]
dtmartin46
Cross Country Rider

Great trail, intermediate at most. At the bottom, right when you start, it is pretty steep, a few switchbacks, noting too major, though. The trail isn't too narrow, and is pretty well maintained. Goes up for a few miles, covering a lot of vertical, and then crosses the Lookout Mountain Rd, and then starts go get way more fun. The trail gets steeper, and more technical, as you go through a forested area. Also, right when you cross the Lookout Mtn Rd, and go onto the Lookout Mtn. trail, there is an excellent view to the north. Fun, fun fun. Overall, this trail never gets super technical, but is very good for training, and can be challenging in some spots. The BEST way to do it is my route, listed below.

Customer Service

Park your car at the APEX parking lot. From there, go along the PAVED Golden city trail that goes north from APEX, into the residential neighborhood! This eventually takes you to 6th Ave, go north on the side of 6th Ave for a bit, until you come to 19th St. Then take a left. This road basically twists, and turns, and becomes Lookout Mountain Rd. Follow this up until you come to the Chimney Gulch trailhead, on your left side. Here is where your REAL ride starts. Take this up, up, up, until you get to the next crossing of Lookout Mtn. Road, way higher up from where you started. Cross the road, and continue up the trail, which is now the Lookout Mtn. trail. This drops you out onto Lookout Mtn. rd again, all the way up top. Follow the road until you come to the APEX PARK trailhead. This is where the fun starts!!!! APEX is a badass downhill ride, especially if it isn't busy. Haul ass down APEX, or, take the Enchanted Forest down as a diversion. Both ways are excellent. After frying my legs on the ascent up Lookout Mtn, i generally prefer to bomb it straight down APEX. Watch out for rattlesnakes!!!! I came within 10 feet of one near the bottom of this trail recently.

Similar Products Used:

Everything.

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

Really nice ride. Not a DH course, but you can go fast and some techie parts. So close to CSM as I am a student and it kicks ass. The climb is pretty aerobic, but you get rewarded with the DH. LOTS of afterwork ppl. I would not do this or any other FR trail on the weekends.

Customer Service

I go up this trail and up top, I hookup with APEX and through enchanted forest, down to the APEX parking lot, and then through the GOLDEN paved "trails" and back to 6th parking lot. Great ride for unwinding.

Similar Products Used:

3 sisters

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 11, 2003]
Taylor
Weekend Warrior

Great trail. Can connect to other parks. Some great technical sections, great views. Takes about 40 minutes from bottom to top. Great quality ride, great trail to do on a quick afternoon.

Similar Products Used:

Combine with Apex.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 06, 1999]
Vaughn

All three sections are fun in their own right. This is my favorite trail along the whole front range, that may have to do with it's ease of accessibility for me more than anything. I don't believe it is that well known, so it usually doesn't have as many users as the other front range parks. The lower 2/3 of the trail has wide open views so you can get away with bombing much of the trail if you use a little common sense on the blind corners. Round trip from bottom to top is about 8 or 9 miles.

Customer Service

The actual trail name is Chimney Gulch. Park along the south side of Hwy 6. This is also access for a hanglider zone. Another landmark is the sports field complexes immediately downhill across the road from the parking area. It is southward about 1/4 mile from the Clear Creek Canyon intersection of Hwys 6, 93, and 58.
From the parking area, pedal about 100 yard westward along the shoulder of Hwy 6, stay on the dirt side of the guard rail, crossing a small bridge. You'll see a sign for the trail immediately after the concrete bridge structure, just point uphill and go. I divide this trail into thirds. The first third is up through red dirt and scrub with tight steep switchbacks that are all doable with practice. The second third starts across the Lookout Mountain (?actual name) paved road. (Parking here if you want to start higher on the trail.) This singletrack section initially starts steep and rocky with a few switchbacks, but gives way to a nice steady climb before topping out again at a saddle where the Lookout Mountain highway passes again. A good breather place with awesome views of the Rockies and Clear Creek Canyon heading up to gamblerville Central City. The last third follows the signs for Beaver Brook hiking only trail for about 1/2 mile before cutting up to the left and completing the journey through thick pine trees before topping out at a small picnic area straight across from the Boettcher Mansion and Open Space Museum.

Similar Products Used:

Link this trail with Apex Park. I'd choose to climb Apex and descend Lookout/Chimney Gulch. I'd recomend parking at Lookout, commuting back southward up along Hwy 6 to Apex, climb the short and steep Apex to the paved road way at the top (?name), follow the signs to the right and up to Lookout. Of course, you can do it any direction you wish, but I like this way because Lookout singletrack starts higher and ends lower, giving you more overall descent on singletrack at the tailend of your ride. Besides Apex is often over crowded, with too many blind corners for a fun, ripping descent.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 26, 2000]
mark

first off jefferson open space is awesome nice climb upper half is shaded for those 90deg days going down enchanted forest is tops. excellent decent on chimeny

Customer Service

19th ave in golden park at the old archway up the road 1/2 mile hang a left at the trail head up up up cross the road up up up once at top hang right on road to apex go down enchanted forest and back up apex then back to top of chimeny down down down

Similar Products Used:

all jeffco open space deer creek, three sisters,falcon etc

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 16, 2000]
Boredatwork

I'm not sure I should review this trail as it's the missing jewel of front range riding. When Apex and mount Falcon are completely crowded this trail is empty. Hopefully it stays that way. This trail has a little of everything and is broken in to three different section. Devided by the Lookout mountain road. The bottum part has steep short climb sections for about 1 and a half miles then you cross Lookout mountain road and theres great hard packed single track, cross Lookout Mountain road again and you are riding through trees feeling like your in Summit County the whole time your climbing. At the top you can turn right on the road, take the road down for about 2 miles and accross the street is the top of Apex. You can go down the Enchanted forest and down the middle of Apex. I love to climb so i usually go up to the top of Apex down Sluice box and back up the way I came to the road and ride back up the road and down Chimney Gulch the way i came to the car. This is a great after work ride and the Lookout Mountain side is great at night. Do use all a favor and don't tell too many people about this ride. It's not in any of the ride books and I hope it stays that way.

Customer Service

Park off 6th Avenue in the handgliders parking area, just as a previous review said. Start up the trail from 6th and climb to the Lookout mountain Observatory at the top. Take a right on the road and ride about 2 miles where the road dead ends. cross the street and there is the top of Apex park. Go down some steep water bar sections to a T and turn right. That will take you around the Enchanted Forest section of Apex. Take a right at another T and go down the middle of Apex, watch for paople coming up. Take a left at a Y to go up Apex park. At the top go down Sluice Box. Take right to back up the way you came down. About two mile you will take right to back up to the street. Go the way you came on the road back to the top of Chimney Gulch and down the way you came up.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 10, 2002]
findyourgspot

I ride this trail once or twice EVERY day. I havent skipped a day for two months. I'm still not bored, I just go a little faster every day. the ride as I described it is a fast three miles of DH riding. not for the weak of heart, or the weak of bike, there are some good rocky sections which could kill a k mart bike with little ado. My friends and I hit it on freeride bikes, but a 8 or 9 inch bike would tear shit up. the total ride usually takes about half an hour, ten minute drive to the top and ten or fifteen to to bomb the three miles to the bottom. if you like fast singletrack, rocks in the trail, a bunch of crazy switchbacks, and a few oppertunitys t get some small air, then give this trail a try. I'll see you out there.

Customer Service

I do this trail a little different from the rest of you. I drive up lookout mountian, past buffalo bill's grave, turn right on the first road after, to go to the nature center. Park at the top of the hill, across the street from the nature center, on the right side of the road. the trail head is here, look at the map and descend to the windy saddle area, one mile of single track, where you meet up with chimney gulch trail. cross the road and get on chimney gulch trail for another 2.5 miles of DH riding. when you get down to the highway you can either go to the parking lot where all the paragliders land, or you can cross under the road through a tunnel which spits you out behind the CSM athletic feilds.

Similar Products Used:

ride the apex, or mathiews winters. this trail is straight up DH!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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