Hike Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

Rate this Adventure Windy Saddle Park, Golden, Colorado, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1000 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

There is something for everyone at Windy Saddle Park. You get great views from the parking lot and the trail is close enough to Denver that you can pop over for an after work hike.

Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top. On the north side of Lookout Mountain lies Windy Saddle Park, about a 30 minute drive from Denver. This close proximity to the city does mean that this is a popular spot, but it also means that it is quite easy to hit an after work hike, especially during these longer summer days.

Chimney Gulch Trail:

5 miles round trip - this steep hike can be done two ways either from Windy Saddle to Golden (downhill first), or from Golden to Windy Saddle (uphill first). It should be noted that this is a mixed use trail which sees heavy use by mountain bikers. This trail offers just over 1,000 ft elevation gain.

Dogs are welcome on these trails, but I would think twice before taking them on the Lookout Mountain and Chimney Gulch trails as the multi-use nature of these trails is not the most enjoyable place for a hike with your dog. If you do, a leash is a required. The Beaver Brook trail is dog friendly and hikers only.

For more hiking at Windy Saddle Park, be sure to check out the Beaver Brook Trail and Lookout Mountain Trail

Pack List

  • Day Pack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Trail shoes or hiking boots
  • Sun protection (eyewear and sunscreen)
  • Rain jacket
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Greetings! I am an outdoor lifestyle and adventure photographer based in Denver, Colorado. Loving life since 1983. I hope you find some of my adventures below helpful and inspiring!

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