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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.
Loved this hike. Some rock scrambling and lots of amazing views. A really great workout and very little traffic. Be careful though, it can be easy to lose the trail. There are markers where it really counts, but some points can be tricky. Easy enough to figure out in the end though.
We started this snowshoe hike from Reverend's ridge campground. There is a trail about 3/4-1 that you need to hike before getting to the actual raccoon trail loop, thus the entire hike from the campground ends up being about 4-4.5 miles total. Once we got to the raccoon trail we took a left, and there was a long, uphill climb to panoramic point. Beautiful views in the winter. Plenty of snow for snowshoeing. In the summer I imagine this would mostly be a shaded hike. Overall, a good moderate-level hike.
We did a loop that covered three trails. We parked at Bridge Creek Trail head and hiked in from there. We connected to Mountain Lion Trail heading westward on the trail towards the Forgotten Valley. We saw some fishermen on the lake at Forgotten Valley. We continued on towards Windy Peak and connected to Burro Trail. We looped back towards Mountain Lion for a small part of the trail and then to Bridge Creek back to the car. Overall the hike took about 2.5 hours and had patches that were icy. We brought icetrekkers and hiking poles, we did not need to use the icetrekkers but poles were nice for balance over icy parts. There were some windy parts so layers are good to have.
We hiked this 12/30/16. There wasn't too much snow, mostly icy areas. We went from the Kriley Pond TH all the way to Panorama point. We ended up hiking on Mtn Base Rd for a bit, to avoid the snow and move a bit faster. It was a beautiful afternoon to hike. It was 8.5 miles round trip. We went out and back on Mule Deer/Mtn Base Road.