I'll personally be running the trail this week, you're welcome to still run the road if you prefer. Most likely I'll be randomly switching between which I do each week depending on my mood, so feel free to do the same. Just remember to let others know if you break away from a pack to go the other way.
I've added the description of the trail to the meetup description if you're interested.
Announcing a new Meetup for The Denver Running Meetup Group!
What: Friday after-work run up Lookout Mountain
When: Friday, May 7, 2010 6:00 PM
Lookout Mountain Pillars
19th st and lookout mountain
golden, CO 80401I personally am going to bring my trail shoes and do the Chimney Gulch Trail instead of the road this week. You're welcome to run the road or the trail, or run the road up and the trail down, or vice versa. The trail is shorter, steeper and obviously a trail, while the road is the opposite of those 3 (well, technically not the opposite of "steeper", but it's not AS steep as the trail)
Do you need more diversity in your running schedule? Been doing the same runs every week?
If you LOVE to run hills, then you should run this with me because it is one giant hill. If you HATE to run hills, then you should run this with me because you won't stop hating hills until you get better by running them.
Either way... lets go run up Lookout Mountain. We'll need to start fairly promptly because we are still fighting some daylight. There's always cyclists on this road, so cars tend to be more aware than normal that there are other users of the road that are not using gasoline to get up the mountain.
As for some stats: It's an out and back, so you could turn around at any point depending on what distance you want to do. It's 4.5miles to the top, gaining ~1300ft, averaging ~5.5% grade. Obviously, going up will take longer than coming back down. Mile markers for climbing this have actually been painted on the road (I'm assuming by cyclists since they on the right side of the road). So if you wanted to do 1 or 2 miles up and turn around, you can do just that without needing a fancy GPS watch.
You can see the route here: http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-states/co/golden/232234510
If you prefer, you can also run up or down Chimney Gulch to get some trail running in if you prefer that over the road. The trail is shorter and steeper, but again, you can turn around at any time and have it be downhill the rest of the way. The trail starts with about 1/2mile on the road. Around the 2 mile mark you cross the road (same road you'd otherwise run up) and continue onto the trail on the other side of the parking area. You'll come to a sharp left turn in the trail, almost like a switchback (If you go towards the sign that says "No Fires" and start going on a boulder field, you've gone the wrong way). You'll see an occasional sign for the Nature Center, just follow those and when you get to the nature center/road it'll have been just over 3.1 miles, making for a 6.2-6.3 round trip.
After we can stop by one of the 3 bars in downtown Golden if people are interested in grabbing a drink and/or food.Since people asked previously and I didn't have an answer since I had never done it: If you go to the top expect it to take around an hour and a half round trip, plus or minus 10-15minutes depending on your pace. The trail option takes around an hour, give or take 15 minutes depending on your pace.
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/running-138/calendar/13368790/