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Mt. Galbraith Park Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (89) 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

83%

Runnable

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 run 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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Scott Hosie

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  4.0 from 89 votes

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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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Mar 28, 2020
Pete F
Feb 2, 2020
Matt H
Fun lollipop with decent views. Pretty crowded when we went. Cannonball Creek brewery nearby!
Sep 11, 2019
Erik Zsemlye
Great conditions 4.2mi — 1h 03m
Sep 10, 2019
Ankit P
Jul 8, 2019
Tyler Jones
Jun 19, 2019
Alyssa Banister
Julia Pepper and I had a great morning on this trail 4.3mi
Jun 13, 2019
David Freyta
Way to technical for a run IMO but it was beautiful. Probably better as a hike not a run 4.2mi
Apr 19, 2019
Patrick Gillespie
4.3mi — 51h 00m