|Icy trail at Mount Galbraith|
It had been a long time since I did the 4.2 mile loop here and I was excited to hit the trail, but it didn't take long to realize that the trail was really icy and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to hike the loop with the slick conditions, but I kept pushing forward. After about 400 yards up the mountain I came across a group of hikers who were coming down; they all had crampons and hiking poles in both hands. They said it was really icy the farther up the trail went, and crampons were a needed; they also questioned if my dogs could handle the hike, which I thought was odd. The dogs are way better on the ice than I am, and surely they both could hike days longer than me.
Getting there: From Golden, Colorado take State Hwy 93 to Golden Gate Canyon Road in North Golden; drive into the canyon approximately 1.5 miles until you reach the trailhead on the left side of the road. Click here for google map of trailhead.
Specs: The trailhead has pit toilets; and 4.2 miles of trails for hikers only. Dogs can be offleash pretty easily here, but Jeffco Rules state dogs must be on a leash, of course. This trail has a seperate access from the neighborhood along Hwy 93 which is a lot of fun as well. Here is the website for this trail.