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Windy Saddle Park is both a launching point for adventurers and a stopping point
not to be missed by sightseers.
Paragliders and hang gliders take flight from 7,059-foot Mount
Zion, mountain bikers churn along Chimney Gulch Trail and hikers have Beaver
Brook Trail to explore. The trail system connects to Lookout Mountain Nature
Center, which has its own interpretive trails. Cyclists dissect the park on
their climb up Lookout Mountain Road, a 4.3-mile ride of passage with a
1,200-foot elevation gain.
Drivers are rewarded with stunning views simply by parking at
the trailhead. The park lives up to its name, with strong drafts blowing down
from the Continental Divide. The wind conditions are renowned among hang gliders
and paragliders. These high-risk activities require fulfilling requirements from
States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association and
completing a waiver.
1933 Lariat Loop
Road, GoldenThe Windy Saddle trailhead is off Lariat
Loop Road/Lookout Mountain Road, 0.9 miles from the brick pillars on the west
side of the road, or continue 2.8 miles and turn right on Colorow Road for 0.6
miles for Lookout Mountain Nature Center.
These areas can also be accessed via I-70 and US 40. Informal
parking for the lower section of the Chimney Gulch Trail is on the south side of
6th Avenue, across the road from the Colorado School of Mines football field.
Trailhead:1933 Lariat Loop Rd.Golden
Nature Center Trailhead:910 Colorow Rd.Golden
Trail Miles: 3.5
Hiking Mountain Biking
Administration & Courts Facility 100 Jefferson County Parkway Golden, Colorado 80419 (303) 279-6511
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