Meadow & Forest Loop Trails at Lookout Mountain Nature Center - Day Hikes Near Denver

September 27, 2010 Comments (4) About 30 Min, Easy, Handicap Accessible, hikes near golden colorado, hikes with kids denver, hikes with shade, Meadows, Mile or Less

Meadow & Forest Loop Trails at Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Forest and Meadow Loop 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 if you don’t watch them closely.

Trail Snapshot: Meadow & Forest Loop Trails at Lookout Mountain Nature Center

  • Hike Distance: .6 & .8 Mile Loops
  • Denver Drive Time: 30 Min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 30 Min
  • Activities: Picnic Area, Hiking, Nature Center, Picnic Area, Birdwatching
  • Dogs: Not Allowed
  • Directions: Click for Google Map
  • Trail Type: Loop
  • Seasons: Hours Vary
  • Beauty: Front Range Views, Ponderosa Pine, Wildlife: Abert’s Squirrels, and Deer.
  • Trail Map Link: Click Here
  • Town Nearest Hike: Golden, Colorado

Lookout Mountain Nature Center has 2 short loop hikes. If you have young children, this is a perfect trip. The trails at Lookout Mountain are short loops: 1- The Meadow Loop (.8 mile) & 2 – Forest Loop Trail (.6 mile). If you are looking for a longer hike on Lookout Mountain, you can cross the street and take the Lookout Mountain Trail which connects to several other Jefferson County Parks and trails.

The nature center is a great place for your kids to learn about Colorado wildlife. The playroom has texture sames of bark, fur, animal tracks, and the biggest box of stuffed animal puppets you’ll ever see. The last time we visited, our daughter didn’t want to leave. Take a lunch and have a picnic under the towering Ponderosa Pines. We encountered 2 deer with their fawns along the Forest Loop trail. The immediate area around the nature center is handicap accessible.



  • If you take Lookout Mountain Road from Golden, it’s a beautiful drive. However, on the weekends, this road has a ton of cycling traffic. So, plan for a slow drive.
  • No Dogs Allowed at the Nature Center
  • Visit the Boettcher Mansion next door

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4 Responses to Meadow & Forest Loop Trails at Lookout Mountain Nature Center

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  2. Kendel says:

    For all those parents who want to get your kids up and moving in the great outdoors, this is a perfect place! I can’t say enough about how easy it is for small kiddos and parents! Better to go during the weekdays or early in the mornings on the weekend just because of the popularity. One of our favorite places to go on a whim.

  3. C Watson says:

    Does the picnic area have a covered roof. How much does it cost to rent ?

  4. I searched the Jeffco parks website and can’t tell. I’d recommend contacting them. You’ll find their contact info on this page:
    Scroll down to bottom right for phone number.

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