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Hiking Trails Near Golden, Colorado


Trying to find hikes near Golden, Colorado? Golden is nestled against the foothills near interstate 70. It’s the home of Coors Brewery and the Colorado School of Mines. The best thing about the hiking trails in Golden is that a network of trails has been developed with many that run right into town. Clear Creek runs right through the center of Golden and offers many opportunities for summertime play. Explore our trail profiles for details on these Colorado hikes: driving directions, links to maps, and tips to make the most of your outdoor adventures in Golden. Click Here to download a PDF trail map of Golden, Colorado’s hikes. Check out our Top 5 Hikes near Golden, Colorado. Below the top 5 you’ll find even more hikes near Golden.

Top 5 Hikes Near Golden Colorado

Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

  • Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

  • Distance: 1.8 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    The Clear Creek Trail runs right through the heart of Golden, Colorado and along Clear Creek. Much of the paved path offers shade, and the kids can bring their bikes. Conclude your hike with a stroll through the downtown or explore the pioneer village. Jefferson County even has long-term plans to expand the trail several miles into Clear Creek Canyon.

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    Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park

  • Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park

  • Distance: 6.6 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 40 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    The Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park is the perfect hike for those who are looking for a great hike with access to the highland meadows of Colorado and views to distant snowcapped mountains. This trail can be hiked as an 6.6-mile out-and-back adventure, with two different trailhead options as starting points. See links for seasonal closures on the trail profile.

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    North Table Mountain Trail Hikes

  • North Table Mountain Trail Hikes

  • Distance: 2.7 to 7.7 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 25 Minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate
    North Table mountain dominates the landscape above the town of Golden, Colorado. It features a network of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature photographers, as well as climbing access for climbers. This is a perfect hike for those who don’t have much time on their hands but need a break from the demands of city life in Denver. Even though the trails on Table Mountain are accessible all throughout the year, the best time to hike it is during Spring and early Summer when wild flowers are in bloom.

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    White Ranch Sunset Loop

  • White Ranch Sunset Loop

  • Distance: 2 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 45 Minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate
    This loop hike in White Ranch Park is a great place to watch the glow of twilight on the city of Denver as the sun sets on a weekday afternoon. This trail is set at the very beginning of the foothills. It runs across a tranquil meadow punctuated with ponderosa pine and decorated with wildflowers hidden trailside in the prairie grasses.

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    Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

  • Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

Distance: 5 miles Round Trip
Drive Time from Denver: 25 Minutes
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Are you looking for a workout with great views for a reward? This is quite a demanding hike up Chimney Gulch near Golden, Colorado, but the spectacular views at the top are worth the energy and sweat. The hiking trail crosses streams as it zigzags up the side of Lookout Mountain. Because it is frequented by mountain bikers, keep your earbuds out and be alert.

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Explore the Full List of Hikes Near Golden, Colorado

Golden Gate Sate Park Blue Grouse Trail Landscape

Blue Grouse Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

Blue Grouse Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a wonderful adventure for kids, non-experienced hikers or out of town guests. The trail is nice and short, with little gain in elevation and the terrain is mellow, so it can be great for those carrying kids in backpacks. The Blue Grouse Trail is a perfect hiking trail for spotting ...
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Windy Saddle Trails

Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

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 ...
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Clear Creek Trail in Golden Colorado

Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

Want a hike to please everyone? The Clear Creek Trail in Golden, Colorado is it! It's got shade, the kids can bring their bikes, and you can finish your hike with a stroll around downtown. We might get some flack for calling this a hike, because it runs through the business district of Golden, CO.But you can wear the soles ...
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Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park

Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park

For those who are looking for a nice hike that incorporates the highland meadows of Colorado and views to snowcapped mountains, then the Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park is the perfect hike. The Elk Range Trail can be hiked as an out-and-back 6.6 mile adventure, starting from one of two different trailheads. We saw a lot of wildlife ...
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Forgotten Valley Hike at Golden Gate State Park

Forgotten Valley Hike at Golden Gate State Park

Can you think of a more mysterious name for a hike? Colorado's Golden Gate State Park has many trails, and the Forgotten Valley is a great place to start discovering this gem that is tucked between Golden and Boulder, Colorado. Get all the details on hiking the Forgotten Valley by scrolling down to the hike snapshot and hiking tips below ...
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Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

The Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a wonderful hike for older kids, experienced and non-experienced hikers. It's a great trail for spotting wildlife, from birds to deer, viewing fall colors and wildflowers, and taking in the beautiful scenic view along the trail. Several of the backcountry campsites areas are also accessible from the Horseshoe trail. We'll ...
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Forest and Meadow Loop at Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Meadow & Forest Loop Trails at Lookout Mountain Nature Center

If you are looking for a family hike near Denver, this is a perfect trail, especially if you are getting started hiking with your kids in Colorado and want to guarantee a good experience. It's short, there's wildlife, and the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Take a picnic lunch, just watch out for the squirrels; they'll run of with your dessert ...
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Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

Hiking Mt. Galbraith near Golden, Colorado will spoil you with it's views into two canyons and into the City of Golden. Mount Galbraith is about 25 minutes from downtown Denver, so it makes for a quick escape from the bustle of life in town to take in the fresh air of the foothills. This Colorado hiking trail is a moderate ...
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North Table Mountain Trail Hikes Near Golden, Colorado

North Table Mountain Trail Hikes Near Golden, Colorado

When the sun rises over the North Table Mountain, you'll see this mesa rising above the town of Golden, Colorado. A vast network of trails awaits hikers, mountain bikers, and nature photographers. This is a perfect hike near Denver for when you don’t have much time on your hands but need some fresh air ...
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White Ranch Sunset Loop Near Golden, Colorado

White Ranch Sunset Loop Near Golden, Colorado

This loop hike in White Ranch Park is a great escape, a place to watch the glow of twilight on the city of Denver as the sun sets in the West. This Colorado trail is set at the very beginning of the foothills. You'll journey across a tranquil meadow punctuated with ponderosa pine and decorated with Spring and early Summer ...
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Map of Hikes Near Golden, Colorado