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Evening Hike-Mt Galbraith Relaxing 4 mile hike close to denver

Mount Galbraith Park

We expect the hike to take about 2 hours.

Come for the challenging terrain, stay for the views. Mount Galbraith Park is a hiker-only destination, boasting approximately four miles of steep, rocky trails that reward the hardy with commanding views of Golden, the plains and the Continental Divide.

The Mt. Galbraith Loop circles around the top of the 7,260-foot peak. In addition to the vast and varying landscape, keep your eyes peeled for the elk, bighorn sheep, red-tailed hawks and songbirds that frequent the area.

Mount Galbraith is flanked by Clear Creek Canyon and Golden Gate Canyon, which were vital passageways into the Central Rockies for Native Americans and settlers. Miners climbed the mountain to access the western territories during the California gold rush of 1849, as travel was easier along the ridgelines than through dense drainages.

Getting There

21992 Golden Gate Canyon Road, Golden
From State Highway 93, take Golden Gate Canyon Road west approximately 1.5 miles to the parking area and trailhead

Let's hike Mount Galbraith Open Space Park on the north side of Golden.

Hike details: The hike is 4.2 miles with about 1,100 feet of elevation gain. Read about the hike here.

Pace: Expect a moderate to fast pace.

Directions: The trailhead is on Golden Gate Canyon road, 1.3 miles west of Highway 93. That puts it a couple miles north of Golden. For a map/directions to the trailhead, click on this map, right click on the green arrow and click on "directions to here."

Time: Arrive at 5:45PM, we'll start at 6:00PM. If you're late, catch up. Trails here are hiker only, no bikes.

Dogs: No dogs.

Donation: $1 ($0 if you're unemployed)

Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I spend hours researching hikes and rely on various sources, but I can't vouch for their accuracy. I am not a professional guide, you are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you require.

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  • Doug S.

    I was so relaxed I fell asleep and didnt make it down till the next day hee hee

    2 · June 5, 2014

  • Dori S.

    Relaxing was a bit of a stretch, but what a beautiful Spring evening!

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • Doug S.

    Trish we have hiked it in snow and ice so it really isnt very steep.....the steeper section is from the otherside of Golden ..the nightbird trail still isnt that bad either but it is rocky...where we are going is fairly easy someone had their kids with us when we trailheads hiked it in dec

    June 4, 2014

  • Trish K

    I'm a bit confused....hike title says "relaxing" hike, yet description gives a little different story..."four miles of steep, rocky trails"; 'not sure I'm up for "steep"; I'll have to pass.

    June 4, 2014

    • Paul

      Trish- it's easier than the description portrays it to be.

      June 4, 2014

  • Doug S.

    Well this is a great hike in Golden....excellent views not too challenging but enough to give a workout and gives views of golden, coors and both table mts

    1 · June 3, 2014

  • Marilyn T.

    After staying home with my golden retriever puppy for awhile, excited to return to hiking.

    1 · June 2, 2014

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