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 up...no 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.
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 side...it 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.
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.
Short and sweet.
Fun hike from the lowest trailhead. Side trip up lookout as well.
Was a nice stop after doing a hike in the Guanella Pass area.
With Santa Fe Mountain, Colorow Hill, Lookout Mountain and 7180.
Quick stroll up and along the ridge to enjoy the views of the canyon and the city.
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.
Nice short hike, great views of Golden and Denver.
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.
Nice little hike. Enjoyed watching the para gliders zip near the summit. Nice views of Golden.
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!
Relaxing hike with great views in all directions.
Sure like living here.
Very good training hike/trail running for preperation for other climbs. The view is really worth it on top.
took a quick walk to try out a new camera.
Wife, dog and I.
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.
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.