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Nightbird Gulch

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
76% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 883' 269 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,863' 2,092 m
Low: 5,979' 1,823 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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A technical ascent from the neighborhood to the trails of the Mt. Galbraith Loop.

Michael Robbert

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Runner Notes

Dries quickly after snow or rain falls.

Description

The trailhead for this trail is located in a neighborhood on the west side of the street. There is no parking lot, but street parking is available. Please respect the homeowners, and park judiciously. It is obvious where the trailhead is located as there is a field between houses.

This singletrack trail is mostly exposed with very little shade. Though hot in the summer, this is one of those trails that is great a couple of days after rain or snow as most of it dries out pretty quickly. Large sections of this trail are steep and rocky with a few sections in between to catch your breath and check out the view of Golden. While strenuous, the route is scenic, offering different views than some of the other trails.

Flora & Fauna

Mule deer are typically grazing in the area and rattlesnakes may be seen in the summer.

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Oct 7, 2018
Josh M.
May 20, 2018
Nick K
Apr 18, 2018
Andrew Fraser
Combined with Mt Galbraith loop.
Apr 17, 2018
Andrew Fraser
Aug 16, 2016
Dave Caldwell
Gulch trail up to Galbraith loop. 3.2mi — 0h 48m

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  3.8 from 16 votes

#6970

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  3.8 from 16 votes
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Trail Rankings

#570

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#6,970

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1,689 Since May 4, 2016
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Photos

View looking north.
Nov 24, 2019 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
I wasn't expecting to see a caterpillar in late November, but here it was on the trail.
Nov 24, 2019 near Golden, CO
One of the many gnarled uprooted trees along the way.
Nov 24, 2019 near Golden, CO
The trail is filled with rocks and some roots.
Nov 24, 2019 near Golden, CO
Rocks and bright green lichen along the trail.
Nov 24, 2019 near Golden, CO

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