Red Mountain Trail
Hard work is rewarded with panoramic vistas of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, Mt. Sopris and the Elk Range in the distance. Views to the north and west include Storm King Mountain.
Hikers, runners, and mountain bikers love the views and trail experiences available on Red Mountain. The Red Mountain Jeanne Golay Trail (aka Red Mt. Rd.) starts out as paved but quickly turns into a dirt road that is the easiest option for all users on the mountain, and is a good option for side by side social time with friends and family. The road climbs efficiently, but never too steeply, up above Glenwood Springs to a viewpoint next to “the cross” which is lit up seasonally at night. The road is named for famed local Jeanne Golay, who trained and raced on this road on her way to winning the National Road Cycling Championships in 1992, 1994, and 1995.
No matter which route you choose, climbing Red Mountain is hard work, but the breathtaking views at the top are well worth the effort. Gaze upon the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers from above! And don’t miss the views of Mt. Sopris and Elk Range. Take note of the bright orange colored lift towers. They are the relics of Red Mountain Ski Area, Glenwood’s original ski hill which operated from 1941-1952. A climb of Red Mt. is not complete without a visit to the highpoint and its panoramic views. Nearby, a tall steel cross hints at the long and interesting life of William Grandstaff, who prospected for gold in the area and passed away on the mountain in 1901.