Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail

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Moderate
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2-2.5h
Distance
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6.4 km
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253 m
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Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail

The Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail is a charming adventure near Golden, Colorado that reveals the beauty and diversity of the Colorado wilderness. This picturesque hike exhibits verdant towering trees, vast grass and shrublands, unique granite outcropping and the opportunity to spot wildlife. Vibrant with vegetation, the summit of Mount Galbraith rewards hikers with commanding views of the surrounding canyons, the luxuriant plains, the Continental Divide, and Golden’s cityscape. Though this adventure demands stamina, the stunning ecosystems and epic panoramic views are worth breaking a sweat.

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There is no way we can simply put into words how awesome Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail really is but let us try…Epic! This incredible adventure, so conveniently located near the city’s centre, exposes amazing views and lush wilderness. As you hike this path, you will feel as though you have been transported onto the remote wilderness of the Rocky Mountains or the Indian Peaks. Though undeniably scenic, this path warrants inevitable dangers. Like many other foothill excursions, there are plenty of rattlesnakes along this trail. Keep children and pups close and be mindful of the bathing beauties as you venture the routes. Though manageable it is worth noting that there are some steep, rocky segments of the trail. Wear sturdy footwear and be valiant of loose rocks to avoid rolling an ankle. The ideal location attracts dozens of adventurers every day, so if you are seeking a secluded excursion, consider heading out in the early morning to beat the crowds (and the heat for that matter)!

Just a 30-minute drive from Denver’s city centre and minutes away from Golden, the Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail is a must-add to your adventure itinerary. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and reconnect with nature as you explore this enchanting trail. Hike amongst grazing deer, elk, and bighorn sheep and keep an eye on the sky for soaring. When hiking through sections of the luxuriant grasslands excursioners will be granted wonderful views of the foothills, plains, and impressive canyons, but they warrant warm conditions. The trail will reward you with few segments of shade from towering pine, spruce, cedar, and fir trees. Revel in the vibrance of the ecosystems and enjoy feeling of the fresh air filling your lungs as you trek the Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail.

When you are all geared up and ready to venture the Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail, you will want to depart from the Cedar Gulch Trailhead. From here, the Cedar Gulch Trail will follow along the creek before diverging into the meadowlands. Enjoy the sounds of singing birds as you navigate a wide switchback. As you trek along the exposed path be mindful of rattlesnakes but notice the epic views of Denver in the distance. Now hiking southwest, the route will reveal views of the verdant foothills before delivering you to an intersection with the Nightbird Gulch Trail.

From this junction, you can choose to complete the loop from either direction, but we prefer trekking clockwise. Hike southeast along the Mount Galbraith Loop Trail to a stunning overlook. From the east side of the summit, you will be granted expansive views of the metropolitan below. From here, you can clearly see the Coors Brewery and Canning Facility, which will undoubtedly have you craving a cold refreshment. Follow along this path as it curves you around the summit of Mount Galbraith, revealing dumbfounding views of the Clear Creek Canyon below.

Soon, you will enter the tree shade of towering pines and spruce. Enjoy the break as you trek along the increasingly rocky route. As you hike along this trail, you will begin gradually descending the summit. The path will curve you back around the mountain and deliver you back to the intersection with Nightbird Gulch Trail. Here, keep left and you will be diverted back onto the Cedar Gulch Trail, which will lead you back to the trailhead. Mind your footing as you descend the rocky terrain and enjoy the vistas of the Golden Gate Canyon and the Continental Divide. Reaching the trailhead marks the end of your exciting adventure along Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail.

Trail Highlights

Mount Galbraith

Mount Galbraith is a 7,247 ft peak near Golden, Colorado that sits between Golden Gate Canyon and Clear Canyon in the Jefferson County Open Space. Though not the tallest peak, this lovely, vegetation-laden foothill reveals awe-inspiring views that attract many adventurers every day. Now a popular hiking experience, Mouth Galbraith served as a gateway during many historic events. Many moons ago, Clear Creek Canyon and Golden Gate Canyon provided access into the Front Range for the Native Americans. During the Gold Rush Era, Californian miners would ascend the peak instead of trekking the canyons claiming it was easier than travelling through the drainages. Who knew? Rich in history and lush ecosystems, Mount Galbraith is worth a visit on your next trip to the Front Range foothills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Mount Galbraith?

Mount Galbraith is about 30 outside of Denver’s city center, situated just to the west of Golden, Colorado.

How tall is Mount Galbraith?

Mount Galbraith peaks at 7,247 ft of elevation.

Insider Hints

  • Keep an ear and eye out for rattlesnakes as you hike up to the summit of Mount Galbraith
  • Pack plenty of water for you and your pup as the only water source is at the beginning of the hike
  • If you have bad joints consider using trekking poles to help you navigate the rocky terrain
  • Head into Golden after your adventure and take a tour of the Coors Brewery

Getting There

The Mount Galbraith via Cedar Gulch Trail is accessed via the Cedar Gulch Trailhead off the Golden Gate Canyon Road.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    May-November

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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