Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail

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Easy
Duration
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2-2.5h
Distance
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7.1 km
Elevation
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215 m
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The Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail is a charming nature walk in the Windy Saddle Park near Denver, Colorado. This lovely path travels through the arid terrain and beneath the sparse tree coverage of towering pines. Perfect for kids and novice hikers, this path exhibits stunning mountainous vistas.

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Route Description for Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail

Adventure the Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail on your next trip to the Denver area. This path is the perfect excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature. The Windy Saddle Park is a popular wilderness area, so don’t be surprised if you must share the trail with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If you are seeking a secluded excursion, then we suggest considering an early morning weekday adventure. It is also worth noting that rattlesnakes frequent this area, so keep an eye and ear out for them as you venture the path.

The Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail is a versatile hike that can be enjoyed year-round. Trade your sneakers for snowshoes in the winter months, and you will be rewarded with a different perspective of the Colorado wilderness. The limited elevation change and well-marked terrain mean this adventure is perfect for families with children and amateur hikers alike. So, on your next trip to Denver, escape to the Windy Saddle Park and adventure the Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail.

Embark on your adventure along the Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Hike from the Lookout Mountain Trailhead. From here, track southwest along the Lookout Mountain Trail. Shortly after your departure from the trailhead, you will confront an intersection, stay left here. Ascend the trail, navigating a set of tightly wound switchbacks through the sparse pine forest. Climb up the path, and at the next intersection, keep right. Hike the increasingly exposed route to some scenic vantage points that overlook the arid terrain below.

After you are done reveling in the mountainous scenery, cross the road and continue along the Lookout Mountain Trail. At this point, you will pass the stunning Boettcher Mansion. Bask in the grandeur of the mansion and follow the now forested path. This section of the path hugs the curves of the Colorow Road along the meadowed terrain. Soak in the incredible vistas of the mountainous wilderness as you travel along the ridge. Soon, you will meet the trail’s end when it intersects with Colorow Road. From here, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

Trail Highlights

Boettcher Mansion

The Boettcher Mansion is a distinctive sight along the Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail that sits atop Colorow Hill. This stunning mansion was built in 1917 for Charles Boettcher, a well-known Colorado businessman, to be used as a summer home and hunting lodge. The mansion was donated to Jefferson County in the 1970s and was awarded a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Now a popular events venue, the Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail passes by the immense mansion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed on the Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail?

Yes, dogs are permitted on the Lookout Mountain Trail, but they must remain on-leash.

Are there rattlesnakes on the Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail?

Yes, rattlesnakes are commonly spotted on the Lookout Mountain Trail.

Insider Hints for Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail

  • Keep your eyes and ears out for rattlesnakes along this path
  • If you want to summit Lookout Mountain, trek the Lookout Mountain Summit Hike
  • This path passes through arid, exposed terrain, so wear sunscreen on hot sunny days

Getting to the Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail Trailhead

The Windy Saddle Lookout Mountain Trail departs from the Lookout Mountain Trailhead off Lookout Mountain Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    Extreme

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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