Video preview of a few of the trails around Golden!
Reprinted courtesy of The City of Golden:
The City of Golden offers an extensive and interconnected
trail system of 20 miles, providing diversity in both types
of trail experience and destinations. Regional trail
connections provide a link to neighboring communities and
Download the trail map from the City's website.
Apex Trail is in the Jefferson County trail system and
the eastern access is in the City of Golden. The trail is
2.3 miles long, gaining 1,500 feet in elevation. This is a
moderate hiking trail and a popular mountain bike area.
Biking is one-way on odd numbered days. Access the trail via
the lower Heritage Square parking lot off of Heritage Road
(State Highway 93).
Clear Creek Trail
Goldenís most popular group of trails, the Clear Creek
Trails connect nearby neighborhoods to schools, the Golden
Community Center and the downtown area. The trail travels to
the eastern city limits where it continues to Wheat Ridge
and eventually connects with other trails in the Denver
Metro area. Access the Clear Creek Trails via Vanover Park
at Water and Ford Streets, the Visitor Center at Washington
and 10th Streets, the Library at 10th and Illinois Streets
or Lions Park at 10th and Maple Streets.
Chimney Gulch Trail
Chimney Gulch Trail is in the Jefferson County trail
system and is connected to the Windy Saddle Trail and Park.
The trail climbs 2,000 feet in 2.5 miles from Highway 6 to
the summit at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. The trail
is moderate to advanced and passes through grass prairie and
pine forest, crossing streams at several places. Access the
trail via Lookout Mountain Road west of U.S. Highway 6 and
roadside parking on U.S. Highway 6 eastbound from State
Cressman Gulch Trail
Cressman Gulch Trail begins at Ford Street and Mesa
Drive, across the street from Norman D. Park. It is a steady
climb to the intersection of Ford Street and Highway 93. It
is easy to continue south to the downtown area crossing the
bridge and continuing on the Tucker Gulch Trail, which
connects with the Clear Creek Trail. The trail is .6 mile in
length. Access the trail via Ford Street and Mesa Drive,
across the street from Norman D. Park.
Golden Cliffs Trail at North Table Mountain
The trail to the Golden Cliffs is advanced with grades
exceeding 25%; biking is prohibited. Hikers must yield to
climbers and to climbing activities along the cliffs. Access
the trail via the south end of Peery Drive.
Grant Terry Trail
Grant Terry Trail is compact dirt, 15 feet wide, and is
adjacent to Clear Creek for .7 mile up the canyon. This is
an excellent pedestrian trail in the hot summer months;
there is typically a cool breeze. Access the trail via the
Clear Creek Trail west of the Clear Creek RV Park.
Kinney Run Trail
Kinney run trail is a .75 mile taxing trail which begins
at the Heritage Square parking lot off Highway 40 and runs
north to the Tripp Ranch Property. A short climb to the
highest point offers a superb view of the Denver/South
Platte Valley. Then, itís all downhill through Heritage
Dells Park to Tripp Street. Access the trail via the
Heritage Square parking lot off U.S. Highway 40.
Lubahn Trail, a 2.5 mile trail loop, is in the gulley
below and south of Castle Rock on South Table Mountain. The
trail climbs about 400 feet to the base of the cliffs. The
trail has been extended to create a loop hike of moderate
difficultyand is an excellent one-hour excursion. The Castle
Rock is private property, do not trespass. Access the trail
via Belvedere Drive and 19th Street.
Magpie Gulch Trail
Magpie Gulch is a group of trails that connect one of
Goldenís newest developments along Highway 93 to
neighborhood schools, the Golden Community Center and the
downtown area. Access the trail via Iowa Street west of
State Highway 93, Washington Street near Quail Court or
Rubey Drive at Mitchell Elementary School.
Nightbird Gulch Trail
Nightbird Gulch Trail is in the Jefferson County trail
system, providing access to Mount Galbraith Park. The trail
is moderate to advanced in diffculty and accesses the Front
Range Foothills. The trail is rough, with many rock steps
and ledges - and is hiker-only as it accesses Mount
Galbraith Park, a hiker-only park. Wildlife mammals include
elk, moose, bighorn sheep, black bear, deer coyote, fox and
mountain lion. Access the trail via Valley View Court and
Canyon Point Circle.
North Table Mountain Trail
North Table Mountain Trail is 1.5 miles and traverses
the southwest side of North Table Mountain below the cliff
band. There are excellent views of the Golden Valley. The
trail is moderate to advanced in difficult, with 300 feet
elevation gain from the north and 400 feet elevation gain
from the south. There is one very rough access to the top of
North Table Mountain. Access the trail via Pine View Road
and Wyoming Circle or Peery Drive and Ptarmigan Street.
Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex Trail
Tony Grampsas Trail is a 1.3 mile trail which follows
the west side of Tony Grampsas Park, often following the
Church Ditch, and terminates at the north end of the park.
Access the trail east of Tony Grampsas Gym on Salvia Street,
on Easley Road or at West 50th Avenue and Quaker Lane.
South Table Mountain
Until recently, most of South Table Mountain was private
property and thus not accessible for hiking. About
half of the mountain is now owned by Jefferson County Open
Space. The trails and facilities are still being
Paleontology fans should try the Triceratops Trail,
which runs along the west side of Fossil Trace golf course
and includes some interesting fossils embedded in the
Address: 1 block east of 19th Street and Highway 6
Distance: 1 mile
Drive Time: 4 minutes
Tucker Gulch Trail
Tucker Gulch Trail is an uphill 1.10 mile trail
beginning at Vanover Park at the end of Clear Creek Trail
and travels up the Tucker Gulch drainage to Norman D. Park
on Ford Street. It provides a steady climb along an
abandoned railroad bed. Access the trail via Vanover or
Norman D. Park.
6th Avenue Trail
6th Avenue Trail is approximately 2.5 miles in length
and provides a critical north-south access to the community
along Highway 6. Future plans for the 6th Avenue Trail
include a connection to the Clear Creek Trail at 19th
19th Street/Lookout Mountain
19th Street west of 6th Avenue turns into Lookout
Mountain Road. This is a designated bike route for
approximately 2 miles. It is an extremely high use travel
way for several types of recreationists including bikers,
walkers, hikers, long-boarders and those traveling to the
hang gliding and paragliding launch on Lookout Mountain.
Johnson Road Trail
The Johnson Road Trail starts at the intersection of
South Golden Road and Ford Street and travels south along
South Golden Road where it intersects with the 6th Avenue
Trail. The trail is approximately 2 miles long. Johnson Road
to Splash TrailThe Johnson Road to Splash Trail also
connects Johnson Road to 6th Avenue traveling along Fossil
Trace Golf Club.
Highway 93 Trail
Highway 93 Trail is continuous on the east side of
Highway 93 from Iowa Street north to Tucker Gulch, where it
intersects with a trail leading out of New Loveland Mine
Park. An on-street connection to the Magpie Gulch Trail is
also possible on this trail.
Lookout Mountain Nature Center
The Lookout Mountain Nature Center sits on 110 acres of
ponderosa pine forest, which includes. The Center
includes exhibits depicting migrating birds and the forest
Learn more about Jefferson County Open Space Parks & Maps
This material in this section is reprinted with
permission from the City of Golden from Golden Parks,
Trails, and Open Space Map. This map is generally available
at the Golden Visitors Center at 10th and Washington.