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Lookout Mountain

At: Colorado, United States
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About: Lookout Mountain is one of the larger foothills which overlooks Golden, Colorado. Offering a terrific view of the Denver metropolitan area both in day and night, it has long been 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 Buffalo Bill 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. This road is not for those with a fear of heights, since the exposure can seem extreme. Climbing this road by bicycle is a local rite of passage for any serious biker. Mountain bikers and hikers can also follow the Chimney Gulch trail. Considered a difficult ascent, the "single track" or narrow hiking trail crisscrosses the Lariat Loop road twice on its way to the summit.

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