sides overlooking the town of Golden, Colorado, and offers stunning
views of the city and the lowlands to the east as well as unobstructed
views of the foothills to the west. There are a couple trail networks
throughout the park, though due to the steepness of the mountain, the
trails circumnavigating the mountain and the ones that access the flat top
The trail is fairly easy, with the exception of the initial ascent, which is
rather steep. Once beyond this, however, the trail undulates gently
across the plateau and is perfect for jogging or a leisurely walk.
The mountain's location and the fact that it is almost exclusively covered
in grassland means that exposure to the elements is high. There is no
shade to protect against Summertime sun, nor against the wind that can
occasionally howl through with some force, so make sure to bring plenty
of water and wind protection. The unobstructed view does let you get a
good look at the herd of deer and several coyotes that inhabit the upper
Also, the rim rock trail terminates in a spectacular view of the cityscape
below, which I highly recommend late in the afternoon so you can catch
the lights coming on in the dusk before sunset.
Head North on highway 93 through Golden and take the first Right past Pine
Ridge Rd into the parking area. Signage is mediocre, so keep a sharp
lookout for the parking access.
Closest bus access is via RTD-Denver. Take the GS Boulder via GS Golden
and get off at the Hwy 93 & Virginia St stop. Parking entrance will be two