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Mt. Galbraith Park Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (91) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun singletrack lollipop loop up and around Mt. Galbraith's peak with views in all directions.


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Map Key

4.3

Miles

6.9

KM

Lollipop

7,192' 2,192 m

High

6,289' 1,917 m

Low

918' 280 m

Up

919' 280 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

This route begins climbing toward the top of Mt. Galbraith from the Cedar Gulch Trailhead. There are few trees along most of the route which allow for open views in all directions. However, the lack of trees provides little to no shade on a hot sunny day, so be ready with water and sunscreen.

The climbing is steep in some areas, so be prepared.

Need to Know

There is not much parking at the trailhead.

Description

From the trailhead follow Cedar Gulch Trail approximately 1.3 miles to your first intersection, the map shows going right but you can hike this loop either way. If you want a more gradual climb to the top and a descent with some steep rocky sections go left onto the Mt. Galbraith Loop. If you prefer the opposite, turn right. After approximately 1.6 miles, you'll end up back at the intersection and can follow the Cedar Gulch Trail back to the parking area.

There is one other trail intersection for the Nightbird Gulch Trail just past the first intersection if you do the loop clockwise. It is marked by signs, so you can easily stay on the Mt. Galbraith Loop.

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Shared By:

Scott Hosie

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Looking toward Golden, CO
Jun 15, 2015 near Golden, CO
Overview of the front range
Apr 12, 2020 near Golden, CO
There's a tiny bit of forest right before you come upon the Mt. Galbraith Loop intersection.
Nov 24, 2019 near Golden, CO

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May 8, 2021
Michelle Williams
Great, quick, easy hike near downtown. A little rocky in spots. 4.3mi — 1h 32m
Mar 13, 2021
Chris Arotin
Super fun, even in the snow!
Feb 28, 2021
Jeff S
1h 45m
Jan 17, 2021
Tina Mornak
As
Jan 1, 2021
Rob Pressly
Dec 22, 2020
Marie Fenwick
Nov 15, 2020
Taylor West
2h 00m
Nov 7, 2020
Linda Roldan
Fun loop. Lots of Sun. Windy. Simon loved it!