Mount Zion (Golden) Climber's Log

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aeromoe - Jun 19, 2017 2:07 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2017

Mt Zion Father's Day Hike  Sucess!

Weekend trip to Denver to visit my older sister and we ended up driving up Mt. Zion. We'd done this drive on the Mother's Day weekend when I was up visiting her but I didn't entertain the thought of doing the hike...much as I wanted to. Since I was driving when we got to the Windy Saddle parking area I parked the car and told my sister I was going to hike the ridge and drop down to the "M" and then the roadway. I asked if she'd pick me problem. I told her I'd be about a half hour or so. Actually took me 45 minutes from dropoff to pickup but it was worth it. The views were great and I took many photos along the way since I'm a shutterbug. The social trial is a nice hike although in many places there are lots of loose rocks so I recommend avoiding the loose rocks as well as wearing appropriate footwear. It was a great day for a quick Father's Day hike.


aeromoe - Jun 22, 2016 12:23 am Date Climbed: May 15, 1976

Mt. Zion  Sucess!

Disclaimer: The date is a guess but in the general timeframe.

I was living in Golden from 1975-1978 with a clear view of the
Front Range. I used to watch hang gliders launch off Mt. Zion regularly. My mom would take me up Lariat Loop Trail and I'd get out and hike around. I hiked the ridge line atop this mountain just once just because I wanted to see what was on the other was a great view. I was always intrigued by the illuminated "M" and even fetched some discarded light bulbs from the area during that same era. I was in Denver these past two weekends (mid June 2016) and got some nice aerial photos of the area from the airliners I flew in. I wanted to have my sister take me up so I could hike the ridgeline again but it didn't happen either of these recent trips...I plan on doing it someday.


belexes - Mar 12, 2016 4:01 pm Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2016

Windy Saddle  Sucess!

I wanted to hike up Chimney Gulch, but the lot was full, so I parked at Windy Saddle (I was lucky to get a spot there) and hiked around Lookout Mountain for a bit. I returned to Windy Saddle and hiked up to Zion from there. We've had a run of really nice weather the last few weeks, so there were plenty of hikers and bikers. There was still a little snow and ice in the shaded areas. Total distance was about 6.68 miles today.

Climbing Jack

Climbing Jack - Jul 21, 2014 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2011

W/ UN 7180  Sucess!

Short and sweet.


Onager - Jun 2, 2014 12:59 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2014

Chimney Gulch  Sucess!

Fun hike from the lowest trailhead. Side trip up lookout as well.


telemarkdude - Nov 30, 2013 11:22 pm Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2013

Quick STop  Sucess!

Was a nice stop after doing a hike in the Guanella Pass area.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jul 15, 2013 4:43 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2010

5 Peaks  Sucess!

With Santa Fe Mountain, Colorow Hill, Lookout Mountain and 7180.


Peakbug - Jul 7, 2013 5:58 pm Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2013

Mt Zion #13  Sucess!

Quick stroll up and along the ridge to enjoy the views of the canyon and the city.


rkymtn - Feb 18, 2013 11:29 pm Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2013

From Windy Saddle  Sucess!

The second hike of the day for my wife and me. We enjoyed seeing Clear Creek Canyon from a different perspective and the ease of this quick ascent. We hit the 7,180' highpoint along the ridge as well.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Nov 22, 2012 2:37 pm Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2012

Thanksgiving hike  Sucess!

Nice short hike, great views of Golden and Denver.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - May 28, 2012 9:22 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2012

7180 and Zion from Windy Saddle  Sucess!

Hiked up to 7180 and then up to Mount Zion. Nice weather and views of the Golden area and other mountains to the west. Hard to find a parking spot in Memorial Day.

Hiked it after a quick visit to Buffalo Bill's grave. Great views from up there too, although too crowded.


DerekFreed - Mar 29, 2012 11:53 pm Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2012

7180 and Zion   Sucess!

Nice little hike. Enjoyed watching the para gliders zip near the summit. Nice views of Golden.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jan 8, 2012 8:20 pm Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2012

From Windy Saddle  Sucess!

This was the last peak of the day and all I could think about was a cold beer and some dinner! The winter sunlight was beautiful and the mountains were beautiful with a few fresh inches of snow (though the mixed conditions - ice, slush, snowpack, black-ice! - on the road were treacherous). Fun little outing!


redsplashman23 - Nov 22, 2011 9:47 am Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2011

Zion and 7180  Sucess!

Relaxing hike with great views in all directions.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Jan 21, 2011 11:22 pm Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2008

Close to home  Sucess!

Sure like living here.


noahs213 - Mar 2, 2009 11:23 pm Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2009

Chimney Gulch Trailhead  Sucess!

Very good training hike/trail running for preperation for other climbs. The view is really worth it on top.


big_g - Jan 31, 2009 10:26 pm Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2009

M  Sucess!

took a quick walk to try out a new camera.


MattK - Dec 22, 2008 8:25 am Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2008

Along with 7180  Sucess!

Wife, dog and I.


argothor - Jun 29, 2008 8:52 pm Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2008

Zion  Sucess!

Hiked up from Lookout Mountain Road by the access to the parasail airport. Headed over the higher unnamed 7,180 feet peak southwest of Zion. Nice quick hike that took less than an hour near sunset. Nice views of Clear Creek Canyon and Golden.


belexes - Jun 29, 2008 5:21 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

Chimney Gulch  Sucess!

I started from the Chimney Gulch trailhead. There were not as many hikers and bikers on the trail as I had expected. It was a little cloudy and hazy on the way up, but it cleared up somewhat as the day progressed. I didn't see anyone at all heading up from Windy Saddle, but there were a few paragliders on either side of Mount Zion.

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