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More than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed meadows laced with miles of trails awaiting the hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and winter sports enthusiast at Golden Gate State Park. Only 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon offers such amenities as a electrical hook-ups and tent-sites in two different campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where visitors can see 100 miles of the Continental Divide. The parks numerous group facilities can host several types of events, from weddings to family reunions and company picnics. Besides camping, overnight guests can also stay at one of the five cabins and two yurts at Golden Gate. In 2008, the park began renting out guest houses, a first for a Colorado State Park. Winter will find visitors cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating.
We did a run on this trail yesterday. More people around 11 but it was pretty clear otherwise. Somewhat steep hill up that opens to a beautiful meadow. Lots of leaves already dead and falling. Probably good for colors for just a few more days.
This is a gorgeous state park. I would rate the trails as easy, the coyote trail has a bit of steep rock hiking, but it is accessible for anyone able-bodied.
We got there a bit before 9 am on a Saturday and it wasn't too crowded...though on our way out around 1:30 the entrance and parking lots were packed.
Went on Oct 1, 2016 and the colors were perfect.
We hiked this trail on 9/25/16, and the aspens and colors were absolutely amazing. We went with the dog, who did this hike no problem. The only drawback of this hike was that it was very crowded, but we knew it would be, because of the fall colors and because it was a weekend.
Brought my 7wk old baby and my two old dogs. We did just fine. When the trail splits, just after the beginning, it's a loop. To the left is a steep climb to Panorama Point with very few switchbacks. I saw many bicyclists carrying their bikes. To the right are many switchbacks going up to the same point. Choose wisely. Beautiful fall colors on Sept. 23.
I really enjoyed this hike. It was rated "most difficult" but aside from a decent incline and some (beginner) scrambling, this hike wasn't rough at all! Some areas were a little confusing to figure out which trail to take to get back to the parking area, but I'm typing this which means WE MADE IT! Others complain about seeing "the road" but you can't hear anything and the views MORE than make-up for a strip of pavement. I recommend this hike - maybe not for the elderly or small children though.
I love this trail! It's a must for me in fall and spring. My pup and I hiked this trail today beginning at 745/8 and we hardly saw anyone until our way down - which is always a plus and impossible to find on a Saturday!! The beginning of the hike starts with rocky inclines but after a give or take mile it really tapers off so keep going. The meadow is gorgeous and the aspens have all changed making it a picture perfect spot. To make this hike much longer (and a good bit harder) hike past the meadow through to the other edge of the park then up to panorama point via mule deer/coyote. We did this today as well and while it's not at all as pretty or easy a trek as the trail listed here it is a good workout that adds on a few hours if you're looking for a "true" half day hike. Caution though, I wouldn't recommend going through this trail to panorama with little kids as once you get on mule deer/coyote it's open to mountain bikers. Also word to the wise, the visitor center and pay booth weren't open when we arrived so we had to grab a pass with an envelope. Luckily I had the $7 in cash but remember this if you're planning to go early like I did. Also, dogs have to be on leash and I advise you to follow that rule but it's perfectly okay to snap them off for quick photos like I did :)
I woke up and knew right away that it was one of those days where I just really needed to find myself. This trail caught my eye on AllTrails and I knew it was the one. I went with my significant other and we had such a magical time. The slopes were not too steep, not too flat, they were just right. It gives your thighs the perfect burn. If I were to rate this trail I would say solid 7. Would bang for sure.
It was the perfect hike for seeing the changing leaves. Many of the Aspens were a gorgeous yellow. We took the Mule Deer trail to the Panama point parking lot which has a nice viewing deck. We would have done the full loop, but the Broncos played at 2. Nice for families with small kids.