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Best Trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

175 reviews

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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.

on Black Bear Trail
4 days ago

hiking

on Mountain Lion Trail
7 days ago

Excellent trail. Definitely take the offshoot to Windy Peak. Spectacular views! I would put this in the Moderate/Hard category. 6+ miles and just under 2000ft elevation gain in 5 hours (at a slow/moderate pace). One of my favorite hikes so far!

on Mountain Lion Trail
7 days ago

hiking

Great trail, I really enjoyed all the variation in the trail.

on Black Bear Trail
12 days ago

hiking

Nice trail, a little rocky but not too difficult. Awesome views from top. Nice quick hike.

on Horseshoe Trail to Frazer...
16 days ago

hiking

Really wonderful hike. It wasn't too sudden of an incline, but be sure to pace yourself if you're still working your way up the hiking more often. The visitors center was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful, the horseshoe trail parking was full so I parked down the road a bit and walked to the trailhead, and there were plenty of places to stop and rest up against a rock for a moment. It was almost like I could peacefully stroll up the mountain and enjoy the weather, sounds of nature, and scenery. Definitely recommend it!

on Burro Trail (to Windy Pea...
19 days ago

hiking

This is my favorite trail! Pretty difficult getting up, but there are great views the whole way. Windy Peak was definitely worth it! We were the only ones up there and we ate lunch and befriended some chipmunks. Very well marked. Best trail!

on Burro Trail (to Windy Pea...
21 days ago

hiking

beautiful views. lots of shade. would be great on a hot day. we went on a Saturday morning in early August and hardly saw anyone until after noon. it's steep with loose rock in places but will definitely do again since we didn't get all the way to windy peak. the weather became a little threatening so we skipped that part this time.

on Horseshoe Trail to Frazer...
21 days ago

hiking

This is a fee trail. It's in Golden Gate Canyon state park, you can buy a day pass for $7 at the visitor center 1/4 mile prior to the trailhead.
Trailhead had a small parking lot and restrooms.
Trail was well maintained and clearly marked, no guessing if we were on the right trail (except for one point halfway through the loop).
I loved this trail, it was beautiful! Some varied scenery- starts in the forest, breaks out into some lovely wildflower spotted meadow hiking, some nice views of the surrounding mountains at points. There was even an old abandoned homestead. Really just beautiful and surprisingly lush!
The trail is also dog friendly

on Mountain Lion Trail
25 days ago

hiking

One of the best trails I've done! The first half, depending on where you start, is with the river by your side. You get to cross it many times. I started the trail on a Tuesday at 8h30 am and was the only one there for most of the time! Go to windy peak! It's not the easiest hike, but the view is worth it! I will definitely go there again! It took me 3 1/2 hours to finish it, but I made lots of stops for pictures and to contemplate nature!

on Horseshoe Trail to Frazer Meadow
28 days ago

on Panorama Point Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Really nice hike! Just 50 minutes from Denver. Good mix of forest and woodsy scenery, with great views of the foothills and various parts of the Rockies when at the top at Panorama Point. One decent incline at times, but would rate this as easy for an experienced hiker, with more than enough beauty to look at.

on Mountain Lion Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful hike with great views. Definitely worth going up to windy peak. We went clockwise and the creek on the second half of the hike was a nice reward. Took us about 3 1/2 hours with a few small breaks.

on Burro Trail (to Windy Pea...
1 month ago

I started at 7:30 and had the trail to myself until the very end. Beautiful trails and views!

on Burro Trail (to Windy Pea...
1 month ago

hiking

We went early this morning. We started at about 7:30 AM on a Wednesday and only saw one other group of hikers, so, that was awesome.
As others said, it's not 6 miles. We did the burro trail to windy peak and did the loop back down. It showed up as closer to 8 miles for us. It took about 4 hours, as we stopped and ate lunch at the top and had a relaxed pace. It is very well marked with maps throughout the trail. It was a beautiful hike with wildflowers and great views.

Make sure you pay for parking as well, I wasn't paying attention and got a ticket.