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Iconic Hikes in Golden

If you're seeking hikes that offer not only stunning natural beauty but also iconic views, you're in the right place. Golden and its surrounding areas boast a variety of trails that lead to breathtaking vistas, making your hiking experience truly memorable. Help to keep Golden gorgeous by practicing the Leave No Trace principles and check trail conditions before you go. 

Here's a guide to some of the best iconic hikes that Golden has to offer.

North Table Mountain Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: Approximately 4.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 604 feet

The North Table Mountain Trail is a must for anyone seeking iconic views. The combination of expansive meadows, rugged cliffs, and distant peaks makes this trail ideal for sunrises and sunsets as well as a haven for photographers.

Hikers at an Overlook on a Golden Trail

Chimney Gulch Trail to Windy Saddle Park

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: About 3.2 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 980 feet

The Chimney Gulch Trail leading to Windy Saddle Park is a classic hike that rewards you with spectacular panoramic views. Ascend through the rugged terrain to Windy Saddle, where you'll be greeted with a breathtaking vista of Golden, Clear Creek Canyon, and the surrounding mountains. It's a vantage point that truly captures the essence of Colorado's beauty.

South Table Mountain Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: Approximately 4.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 904 feet

South Table Mountain offers a unique geological formation that's best admired from its summit. The South Table Mountain Trail leads you through diverse landscapes, including grasslands and rocky outcroppings. When you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with 360-degree views that encompass the city of Golden, the Front Range, and beyond.

North Table Mountain

Lava flow formed North Table Mountain and its sister mesa, South Table Mountain, about 60 million years ago. Today, North Table Mountain Park visitors enjoy panoramic views, 15-plus miles of trails and above all visitors come for the…

Clear Creek Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: Varies (multiple access points)
Elevation Gain: Minimal

The Clear Creek Trail is a leisurely hike that follows the meandering Clear Creek. Enjoy iconic views of the waterway, charming bridges, and the surrounding natural beauty. This trail is perfect for a relaxing stroll, and its accessibility makes it a great option for hikers of all levels.

View of peaks to plains trail in Clear Creek CanyonPeaks to Plains Trail

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Distance: Varies (sections of the trail available)
Elevation Gain: Minimal to Moderate

The Peaks to Plains Trail offers a diverse range of landscapes, from riverside paths to elevated viewpoints. This trail takes you along Clear Creek, providing iconic views of the rushing water, canyon walls, and lush vegetation. Choose a section that matches your skill level for a memorable hiking experience.

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