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Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop

Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve

Denver Metro Area, Colorado

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Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop

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  • Boettcher Mansion adjacent to the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center.- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • View of the Lookout Mountain Nature Center from the Forest Loop.- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Forest Loop.- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Wild aster along the Forest Loop.- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Interpretive boards along the Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop.- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Thistle and butterfly along the Forest Loop.- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Hare along the Forest Loop.- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Many-flowered aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides).- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Horsemint (Monarda fistulosa var. menthaefolia).- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
  • Mountain gumweed (Grindelia subalpina).- Lookout Mountain Nature Center Forest Loop
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Interpretive trail. Kid-friendly.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
Denver Metro Area, CO
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
40.00 ft (12.19 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,500.00 ft (2,286.00 m)
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This is a short nature trail within the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve and adjacent to  Lookout Mountain Park high above Golden, Colorado. The pleasant hike meanders among shady groves of butterscotch-scented ponderosa pines and meadows of colorful wildflowers. Kids will enjoy exploring in the forest and adults will appreciate interpretive signs along the way.

Wildlife is common in this nature preserve. You will likely see squirrels, rabbits, bluebirds, Stellar's jays, birds of prey, and mule deer. Be sure to stop in the visitor center to check out the wildlife displays that show all the different animals to be found in the area. Park staff have also set up motion-sensing cameras along a few wildlife corridors, and a screen in the visitor center lobby scrolls through fascinating candid shots of raccoons, skunks, foxes, mountain lions, and bears that roam nearby.

The solitude and natural bounty of Lookout Mountain has attracted outdoor enthusiasts for a long time. The loop trail passes by the extravagant Boettcher Mansion, which was built in 1917 as a hunting lodge by wealthy Denver businessman Charles Boettcher. Today, this national historic landmark is owned by Jefferson County and rented out for events.

Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve, its forest loop, and other trails are worth a stop if you are visiting the Denver and Golden area or passing by on I-70. The steep and windy two-lane road up the mountain is popular with cyclists and runners, so drive with caution.

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