Hike Lookout Mountain Trail at Windy Saddle Park

Windy Saddle Park, Golden, Colorado, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
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.

Lookout Mountain Trail:

From Windy Saddle, you can take the 2.6mile RT hike to the top of Lookout Mountain and explore the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. This trail offers 500 ft of elevation gain.

After .2 miles, you'll come to a junction. Take a sharp left to stay on the Lookout Mountain Trail. 

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 Chimney Gulch Trail and Beaver Brook Trail.  

Pack List

  • Day Pack

  • Water

  • Snacks

  • Trail shoes or hiking boots

  • Sun protection (eyewear and sunscreen)

  • Rain jacket
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Excellent views throughout the hike all the way to the top. We loved checking out all of the trails in the surrounding area that look great for mountain biking and hiking for a later day. We took this hike mid day during a spring drizzle, it later turned into a downpour. Just goes to show Colorado is beautiful rain or shine. Got some amazing pictures to share and was pretty fun to hike in the rain! Short and sweet. Highly recommend grabbing a beer at New Terrain in Golden afterwards!

11 months ago
11 months ago

Matthew Eaton Explorer

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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