Golden Gate State Park Loop Trail is a 12.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park has multiple hiking trails. Everyday can be a new adventure. I highly recommend Horseshoe to Black Bear. Probably one of the best views you will see anywhere. Not that difficult of a hike. Make sure to buy your day pass at the visiting center. If you happen to be driving along the road heading towards your trail and come across a couple of private residences, keep going...you are not lost. There are some individuals who do own land within the park. There is also hunting up here. I would recommend staying out of the hunting area during hunting season. Or just wear very bright colors. Have fun!!
We wanted 10+ miles so we decided to take the Blue Grouse trail to the Mule Deer Loop. The trail was fairly easy with a few inclines. You will go through meadows, Aspen and Evergreens. You will find a variety of flowers and mushrooms just off the trail for some great photos. The trails are marked very well and we only ran into approximately 8 people and it was a holiday weekend. It was a great hike except the storms move in very quick.
This is another great trail in Golden Canyon. I enjoy all of the trails in the park and I try to do one every year. This trail is a long one but one of the better hikes you will take in the park!
Golden Gate Canyon State Park may be Denver's best not-very-well-kept secret. Close to town and quite accessible featuring 36 miles of intersecting trails ranging from easy to moderate/difficult (with a tiny bit of scrambling on a couple), it's a great go-to destination for day trips when you want to get away but didn't plan enough in advance for a real trip into the mountains. You can always find something new in Golden Gate Canyon.
Families will appreciate the visitor center and the group of quick intersecting trails including a nature trail around the visitor's center and wildlife viewing. There is good trailrunning on the east, less-trafficked side of the park. Hikers and campers focus on the west and central valleys.