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Chimney Gulch

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No. of Reviews: 16

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Latitude
39.75027506891406
Longitude
-105.22911071777344
Trail Directions
Take Highway 93 to the Clear Creek Canyon intersection, the trail is on the west side of the road about 1/4 mile south of the intersection.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Golden
   


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Review Date
September 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The first mile will eat your lunch. If you don't ride regularly (2 or 3x per week) then give yourself a break and start this ride at the first visible trail up Lookout Mtn road. From that point it's a challenging but steady climb to the top. Once you are up there, definitely continue on the single track along LMR over to Apex. Return at that point, or do a loop at Apex if you have the time. Decent is smoking fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Apex



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Review Date
August 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jwalker01 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
"INTRO" I am a new mtb rider that started out on a hardtail 1 year ago. I went with advanced riders and did not make it a 1/4 of the way to the first road from 6th witout puking.
I have been training hard and have upgraded to a Better suspension bike, better shape and made it from 6th ave to the top at Boetchers Mansion recently only taking about three quick breaks. about 1-1/4 hr trip.

Trail Review - The initial 1 mile starting at 6th avenue is actually not too bad but does have some horrid logged switchbacks that are pretty much washed out and unrideable now, once pass these you can make it to the first road "actual Chimney Gulch" Trail head parking lot. The next 1.5 mile section starts here with a fast ascending switchback easily navigatable until you hit a rock grouping. Portage here, but back on the bike for long uphills, not to steep but can be managed by beginners and intermediates.
You will come to the forest area and cross a nice wood bridge over a stream, it is a nice break from the exposed hill sides because it can be pretty hot some days.
You will make a couple of more long hauls and turnarounds but will hit the paved road again before you realize it.
You have the option here of taking the trail upwards again toward the top or going back down.
Take the 1.2 miles up to the top. It can be rough in spots and unless you are an experienced rider, there is three small areas you will need to portage your bike over rock groups. Overall This trail is very fun but can be dangerous if not taken seriously.

Recommended Route:
Intermediate and Experienced riders need to start the journey from 6th avenue and go to the top.
Beginners would be better off starting at the first trail head off the Colorow Rd. "Lookout mountain rd" Trail head. I have done both and it is a workout either way. It is also a fun descent but watch out for ascending mtb's and hikers. It can be busy during the day. Best in the early morning or weekday later in the evening.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Apex, Kind of unridable in areas and the trail is way over used. If you ride this Go back down on Enchanted forest, Much nicer views and trees than the main Apex trail fro a little while., Alot of off the beaten path trails as well but I have not taken any.
Green mountain is a nice ride but very busy as well on weekends.



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Review Date
June 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ted1186 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First time up and down, and I enjoyed it. It's a pretty good aerobic workout, the downhill is pretty quick too. Only thing I don't like are the switchbacks, they are a bit tricky but good training.

Recommended Route:
Up and down, there are a few variations that were mentioned about including apex. Any way you go will be a fun ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Matthew/Winters, Dakota Ridge, Apex



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Review Date
April 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Cheeseland import ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
At first I truly hated this ride. I think (I know) I was out of shape and not used to this type of terrain. With practice and conditioning, I've grown to love this ride! It has a strenuous climb up Mt. Zion/Lookout followed by a scream'n downhill.

Negatives: It can get crowded and that certainly slows the downhill. As a beginner, the switchbacks can get frustrating... I need to work on those! Lastly, certain stretches can get a little loosened up and gravely. On the bright side, that adds to the hairiness of the downhill.

Positives: Killer uphill followed by a scorching downhill! I'm a firm believer that you should earn the descent and this ride certainly guarentees that. Also love the reward of the wooded section as you get higher... especially on a hot day where the shade cools you off. Also appreciate the proximity to other Front Range/Golden rides if you want some interconnection (Apex, White Ranch, Green Mtn, Hogback, Red Rocks--they are all bikeable from CGulch).

All an all, a Front Range classic!

Recommended Route:
I always start out at the Hwy. 6 trailhead and proceed up! I've never taken it to Apex, but that is a logical addition to my next weekend ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Green Mtn for a relaxed condition ride, Apex for something very similar (but I think it's more crowded). If you've driven, I'd make a west to Evergreen and ride 3 Sister. Also drive south to Deer Creek Canyon for a fun (but super congested ride).



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Review Date
September 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by:  ,  Cross Country Rider , from morrison co

Summary:
This really is a great trail. The climb to the top isn't technical except for a couple places. A good pace is what this trail is all about, find a pace in your middle ring and stay there almost the whole way. Careful on the way down, lots of hikers.

Recommended Route:
Start at windy saddle park off of 6. Find chimeny gulch trail and take it to the top. Cross the road to the right side of the lookout mountain center. Single track will take you to the top of Apex park. Down through enchanted forest and to the bottom. If you have time and energy go to Dakota ridge, it's only about five minutes south. Back to Apex, up there, then down Chemeny Gulch To hit three of the best trails in the front range in one swoop is a f#cking awesome thing. Just make time for a big meal and a little nap after.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deer creek, Mt Falcon, White ranch



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