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Lookout Moutain

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

I forget the name of the downhill, but it's pretty sweet. A little bit of technical stuff up top, with a scary set of drops just after the first road crossing coming from the top, then it's a dual slalom rider's dream. Turn after turn after turn with some crazy switchbacks towards the bottom.
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Latitude
39.74890576362977
Longitude
-105.2325439453125
Trail Directions
Just head straight up 19th street. you can either summit by hammering straight up the road or you can dive off onto the singletrack.
Trail Length
About 3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Golden
   


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Review Date
July 24, 2008

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: moosehead ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Classic front range ride that has everything if linked to Apex/Enchanted Forest on the back end. Great aerobic climb of 3.4 miles on single and doubletrack with switcbacks, rock gardens, open meadows and forested trails. Despite intermediate ratings only strongest riders clean the whole ride up and down without dabbing or going OTB. Can be crowded, but if done early or late wildlife common and can feel like you are well beyond the front range.

Over the past year, and within the past two weeks, trail "improvements" have taken out some rock gardens on top 1/3 of Lookout. More flowing but less technical, generally preferred the unimproved version (sorry to those who made the effort).

Recommended Route:
For longer ride start on Hwy 6 and climb up Lookout/Chimney Gulch to Nature Center (crosses one gravel road and two paved roads), head south to Apex trailhead, down to Enchanted Forest, up Sluicebox to Grubstake or Pick N' Sledge, back down Apex to Golden paved trail to Lookout parking. Otherwise, basic up and down on Apex convenient and fun training route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White, Falcon, Walker, Bergan Peak, Green Mtn for early/late season.



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Review Date
September 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dtmartin46 ,  Cross Country Rider , from Denver, CO, USA

Summary:
Great trail, intermediate at most. At the bottom, right when you start, it is pretty steep, a few switchbacks, noting too major, though. The trail isn't too narrow, and is pretty well maintained. Goes up for a few miles, covering a lot of vertical, and then crosses the Lookout Mountain Rd, and then starts go get way more fun. The trail gets steeper, and more technical, as you go through a forested area. Also, right when you cross the Lookout Mtn Rd, and go onto the Lookout Mtn. trail, there is an excellent view to the north. Fun, fun fun. Overall, this trail never gets super technical, but is very good for training, and can be challenging in some spots. The BEST way to do it is my route, listed below.

Recommended Route:
Park your car at the APEX parking lot. From there, go along the PAVED Golden city trail that goes north from APEX, into the residential neighborhood! This eventually takes you to 6th Ave, go north on the side of 6th Ave for a bit, until you come to 19th St. Then take a left. This road basically twists, and turns, and becomes Lookout Mountain Rd. Follow this up until you come to the Chimney Gulch trailhead, on your left side. Here is where your REAL ride starts. Take this up, up, up, until you get to the next crossing of Lookout Mtn. Road, way higher up from where you started. Cross the road, and continue up the trail, which is now the Lookout Mtn. trail. This drops you out onto Lookout Mtn. rd again, all the way up top. Follow the road until you come to the APEX PARK trailhead. This is where the fun starts!!!! APEX is a badass downhill ride, especially if it isn't busy. Haul ass down APEX, or, take the Enchanted Forest down as a diversion. Both ways are excellent. After frying my legs on the ascent up Lookout Mtn, i generally prefer to bomb it straight down APEX. Watch out for rattlesnakes!!!! I came within 10 feet of one near the bottom of this trail recently.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Everything.



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Review Date
August 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: MTB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Really nice ride. Not a DH course, but you can go fast and some techie parts. So close to CSM as I am a student and it kicks ass. The climb is pretty aerobic, but you get rewarded with the DH. LOTS of afterwork ppl. I would not do this or any other FR trail on the weekends.

Recommended Route:
I go up this trail and up top, I hookup with APEX and through enchanted forest, down to the APEX parking lot, and then through the GOLDEN paved "trails" and back to 6th parking lot. Great ride for unwinding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
3 sisters



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Review Date
July 11, 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: Taylor ,  Weekend Warrior , from Golden

Summary:
Great trail. Can connect to other parks. Some great technical sections, great views. Takes about 40 minutes from bottom to top. Great quality ride, great trail to do on a quick afternoon.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Combine with Apex.



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Review Date
April 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: findyourgspot , from Golden, CO

Summary:
I ride this trail once or twice EVERY day. I havent skipped a day for two months. I'm still not bored, I just go a little faster every day. the ride as I described it is a fast three miles of DH riding. not for the weak of heart, or the weak of bike, there are some good rocky sections which could kill a k mart bike with little ado. My friends and I hit it on freeride bikes, but a 8 or 9 inch bike would tear shit up. the total ride usually takes about half an hour, ten minute drive to the top and ten or fifteen to to bomb the three miles to the bottom. if you like fast singletrack, rocks in the trail, a bunch of crazy switchbacks, and a few oppertunitys t get some small air, then give this trail a try. I'll see you out there.

Recommended Route:
I do this trail a little different from the rest of you. I drive up lookout mountian, past buffalo bill's grave, turn right on the first road after, to go to the nature center. Park at the top of the hill, across the street from the nature center, on the right side of the road. the trail head is here, look at the map and descend to the windy saddle area, one mile of single track, where you meet up with chimney gulch trail. cross the road and get on chimney gulch trail for another 2.5 miles of DH riding. when you get down to the highway you can either go to the parking lot where all the paragliders land, or you can cross under the road through a tunnel which spits you out behind the CSM athletic feilds.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ride the apex, or mathiews winters. this trail is straight up DH!



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