Location: Jefferson County Open Space
Nearest town: Golden
Distance from Denver: 18 mi / 0:28
Trail distance: 4.2 mi lollipop. Broken down: 1.3 mi up the Cedar Gulch trail, 1.6 mi around Mt Galbraith Loop, then 1.3 mi back down the Cedar Gulch trail to the TH.
Elevation: ~6,200 ft at TH, 6,900 ft at trail junction, 7,200 ft at highest point on loop
Directions: Hwy 93, go west on Golden Gate Canyon Road 1.5 miles. Parking area is on the left side of the road, with a pit-toilet and signage.
Dates hiked: 05/2012 and 10/2012; photos from 05/2012
Jefferson County Open Space
Trail notes and photos:
The Cedar Gulch trail leaves the parking area and climbs gradually to the trail junction. The switchbacks provide views of northern Golden and North Table Mountain Park. Below are cottonwoods among Tucker Gulch.
This is a great trail for views and feeling farther out than you are, without driving far from Denver. I recommend doing the loop clockwise for the best views.
Along the western side of the loop is a burn area from some years ago. In May it was filled with flowers and undergrowth sprouting among the blackened trees. The new among the old.
The valleys are gorgeous in the spring after some rain, like when I took these photos. Spring storms still threatened, which highlighted the mountains in the distance.
The wildflowers were spectacular in May.