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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.
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.
Great hike with amazing scenery. I started at about 8:30 on a Sunday, saw nobody else until I got back to the parking area and had Windy Peak all to myself. Agree with the moderate to difficult rating. Added a side trip on the Mountain Lion trail to ensure I hit 2000 ft elevation gain.
There are a few parking areas before the trail head. We parked at one that started at bear paw trail and lead to horseshoe trail about .25 miles in. The trails are clearly marked and often. The inclines are not steep perfect for dogs and children. The view of the meadow with all the fall colors in beautiful!
Misty S. on Burro Trail to Windy Peak
Beautiful, moderate to difficult hike. I went up the Forgotten Valley side with a detour up to the City Lights Ridge trail. No one on the city lights trail but it was challenging and totally worth the extra effort. Shortly after that detour you arrive at an old farm with a picturesque fishing pond. This way to Windy Peak seems to be a slightly more gradual uphill.
Misty S. on Burro Loop Trail
Beautiful but high moderate hike. Would not recommend this hike for a beginner. Windy Peak is beautiful. Went on a cool September morning and saw only a few other people on the trail. The park is absolutely beautiful and I recommend it
My favorite hike ever! There is such a variety in the terrain and scenery. Windy Peak is an absolute must do add-on. It adds about a mile to the total, making this an almost 8 mile hike, and is a fairly steep climb, but is totally worth it for the views. A great lunch spot as it's about half way through the loop. Next time we will definitely start in a clockwise direction as some people have suggested. We didn't do that and the second half of the hike is dry and exposed, which can be hot later in the day. If you go in that direction you will end the hike going through the woods along the stream... much cooler. I can't say enough about this hike- I loved it! We'll be going back in a couple of weeks because there are a lot of Aspens on the trail and it will be gorgeous when they turn.
Scenery and difficulty were ideal for new hikers wanting a break from the city yet still seeking a challenge. Heavy foliage provides ideal cover in the heat of the day; wildlife interspersed throughout. Downside: jumping out of the way for mountain bikers. Can't hate; just keep your head up
I feel confused as to how this hike is rated "easy" when both the Burro and Mountain Lion trails are rated difficult. It wasn't that I found it challenging, I think I was just expecting something else. I was really looking for a nice easy hike with rolling hills and that is not what I got.