Lookout Mountain (Colorado)

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Lookout Mountain
LookoutMountainCO.JPG
Lookout Mountain, as seen through a telephoto lens from downtown Denver.
Elevation7,581 ft (2,311 m)
Location
LocationJefferson County, Colorado, USA
RangeFront Range
Topo mapUSGS Morrison
Climbing
First ascent1836 by Colorow and tribe
Easiest routeChimney Gulch Trail
 
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Lookout Mountain
LookoutMountainCO.JPG
Lookout Mountain, as seen through a telephoto lens from downtown Denver.
Elevation7,581 ft (2,311 m)
Location
LocationJefferson County, Colorado, USA
RangeFront Range
Topo mapUSGS Morrison
Climbing
First ascent1836 by Colorow and tribe
Easiest routeChimney Gulch Trail
Eastern view from radio towers at Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain is one of the larger foothills which overlooks Golden, Colorado. The Denver metropolitan area can be seen clearly from the mountain. It is known for its natural scenery and has played a major role in area recreation, transportation, water supply and telecommunications. It is famous as the gravesite of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody and has several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its earliest known inhabitants were the Ute tribe of American Indians, who used the mountain as a lookout point upon the surrounding region.

Built in 1913, the Lariat Loop road ascends from Golden up the steep east side of Lookout Mountain. Mountain bikers and hikers can also follow the Chimney Gulch trail, a difficult, narrow "single track" hiking trail that crisscrosses the Lariat Loop road twice on its way to the summit.[citation needed] Lookout Mountain is also popular with paragliders.


Coordinates: 39°43′57″N 105°14′19″W / 39.7325°N 105.23861°W / 39.7325; -105.23861