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Golden Gate Canyon State Park encompasses over 12,000 acres of forest, with rocky peaks, aspen meadows. This 11,998-acre Front Range park established in 1960 has campgrounds, picnic areas, and 36 miles of hiking trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and offer the snow lover ample opportunities for outdoor recreation such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating. Only 30 miles from Denver, this Colorado State Park makes for a great weekend trip, location for your next family or company outing, or makes a great stop on a road trip. The park offers varied camping amenities such as a electrical hook-ups and tent-sites in two different campgrounds or one of the five cabins and two yurts. Here, you will also find stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where you will look out over the Continental Divide. The park is also home to mule deer, mountain lions, black bear, and other wildlife. Check with the visitor center for information on hunting or renting out the guest house. You can also camp in one of the first come first served backcountry campsites, but be aware that no campfires are allowed.

I went up to the peak and the weather was amazing. The trail is still clearly visible

love this trail

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1 day ago

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7 days ago

We did Coyote to Mule Deer and back to Bootleg Trail Head which makes for a nice 7 mile loop. The first mile on Coyote is pretty challenging with a steady uphill climb and some three point rock climbing before you hit the plateau. Once you reach the top the rest of the hike is fairly easy. Great views at Panorama Point and a perfect spot to stop for lunch. Coyote is pretty quiet most of the time and no bikes are allowed. Mule Deer can get crowded and watch out for bikes. This is a good trail for a quick get away from Denver.

I chose the Black Bear Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park as an "acclimation hike" upon arriving in Colorado in preparation for a 14'er I would be climbing a few days later. The trail was rated as the most difficult by the park's visitor center. The hike maxed out at about 9200 feet and included awesome views of the snow-capped Front Range in the distance and the canyon below. The trail is rigorous, though not necessarily difficult, in my opinion. I was fascinated by the unusual evergreen scrub along the hike. Very enjoyable!

This trail is easy to access. Very rocky. I would rate it as hard. On the trail guide it is listed as "most difficult" If you are looking for beautiful views and water, this is not the trail to go on. However, it is still a wonderful place to visit, very peaceful.

Hiked the first week of December. It is very rocky at parts and not much of a view except at the very top. Still a very wonderful trail.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Just strenuous enough and fabulous views await at the top. Great for doggie companions, too!

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail! Close enough to Denver to be accessible, but also really quiet. Lots of beautiful landscapes.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked just part of the trail with my mom before cutting back to the road towards our car. Great views, chilly outside of the trees in late November.

hiking
14 days ago

I truly found this hike quite boring and uneventful. No spectacular views. A decent amount of effort required with no reward, in my opinion. Glad I did it, as I love exploring, but don’t need to return.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful views!

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14 days ago