“From Golden, the second capital of Colorado, the road ascends Lookout Mountain on an incline. The table mountains that shut Golden from the prairies seem to sink until they appear to be insignificant foothills…Soon the road turns westward into the mountains and crosses the face of a shear cliff. Seven hundred feet below murmurs Clear Creek, where first gold was discovered in Colorado. The road here was blasted from solid granite, but a dangerous slide carried the roadbed away as fast as it was cleared. The engineers dammed the mountainside by throwing a concrete wall across the treacherous spot and anchoring it to solid rock on either side. This is Sensation Point. Just beyond, the first of two remarkable double hairpin turns is negotiated. By successive stages the mountain climbs to Windy Saddle, a pass thirty feet wide, which drops on one side into Clear Creek and on the other into Chimney Gulch., ascends the Upper Hairpin on its five levels on a transverse axis of two hundred and fifty feet; encircles Windy Point and swings around Wild Cat Point. Here he gains the most magnificent view of the plains from the summit of an abrupt cliff. Two thousand feet below Golden spreads out like the toy village of one’s childhood…The motorist has reached the summit of the famous Lariat Trail, which winds and loops below him…”
Municiple Facts. Published by the City and County of Denver. Vol 1. No. 2. April 1918.