Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park - Day Hikes Near Denver

October 6, 2010 Comments (2) 4-6 miles, About 30 Min, hikes near golden colorado, Medium, Mountain Range Views

Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

Windy Saddle Trails

It’s a demanding hike up Chimney Gulch near Golden, Colorado, but the views at the top are worth the workout. This hiking trail crosses streams as it zigzags up the side of local landmark, Lookout mountain. Explore the full Chimney Gulch hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure in Windy Saddle Park.

Trail Snapshot: Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

  • Hike Distance: 5 miles Round Trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Duration: Approx 2.5+ hrs
  • Trail Type: Out & Back
  • Seasons: All Season
  • Dogs: Allowed On Leash
  • Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Chimney Gulch Trail Map
  • Denver Drive Time: 25 min
  • Driving Directions to Chimney Gulch Trailhead: Click for Google Map
  • Town Nearest Hike: Golden, Colorado
  • Beauty: Rocky Mountain vista at top, views of Golden & Denver
  • Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, trail running

The Hike: Chimney Gulch Trail

Steep – that’s probably the best adjective for this hike. The trail is very accessible from Denver – on average, just a 25 minute drive. The trail begins at the base of Lookout Mountain in Golden and weaves it’s way to the top, crossing the road twice, to a wonderful mountain vista. It’s a perfect place, complete with benches, for viewing sunsets. However, a hike down in the twilight may be pretty difficult to negotiate. The Chimney Gulch Trail joins up with both the Beaver Brook Trail, and Lookout Mountain Trail. See the link to the trail map above for details.

Tips & Resources for Hiking the Chimney Gulch Trail

  • TIP: Because the trail can be narrow and has a lot of mountain bike traffic, we suggest leaving the dog at home.
  • TIP: If you want to start at the top, you can park at the Windy Saddle Trailhead along Lookout Mountain Road. Click for Google map and driving directions.
  • Adjust Expectations: If you are hoping for a quiet, solitary hike, this is probably not the best choice. Because this trail is very accessible and challenging, there is a lot of hiking, running, and biking traffic.
  • For a great detailed trail description: , check out Deb Stanley’s Chimney Gulch Trail profile.
  • Trail Map for Chimney Gulch Trail: Trail Map Link
  • Packing List: Always pack the 10 Essentials. Download our Hiking Guide to get the list and dayhiking packing checklist.
  • Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
  • After the Hike: Cafe 13


Golden, CO
43% humidity
wind: 7mph SW
H 66 • L 38

Map & Driving Directions

Click for Driving Directions

2 Responses to Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

  1. Rachel May says:

    My boyfriend and I hiked this today and continued to Lookout Mountain Trail-it was fantastic! Thanks for the info, it helped a ton.

  2. Kate says:

    Awesome hike!! Perfect distance for an afternoon trip, it was hard enough to make you feel accomplished at the end, but not so hard that you’re miserable during it. I hiked it in January on a warm, sunny day and it was great.

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