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trail running


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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.

14 hours ago

16 hours ago

Nice fairly short hike through mostly wooded trails. Don't expect many aha moments but there are some nice snow cap shots. Strenuous and rocky at times but should be doable for most. Make sure to have a map. To follow the trail as it is shown here, there are lots of turns. The trail is well marked but pay attention in the area around Ralston Roost as it makes its way through rocky terrain.

3 days ago

Did the black bear trail. Great hike, great views. Coming back for camping!

5 days ago

We made it to beautiful views with 5 kids including packing 2 of them.

7 days ago

10 days ago

Windy Peak lived up to its name on 10/7/17. This was our second time doing Forgotten Valley. We hoped to catch the large aspen grove’s color change but were too late as most leaves had already fallen off. Still, a decent-length hike with some good ascents. The view from Windy Peak is a nice payoff.

We were looking for fall viewing while hiking. You wrap around the top of the mountain with front range to one side and Golden on the other. Absolutely amazing views! Totally worth the drive up from Denver!

11 days ago

Not a hike but rather an observation point! Great hike around called raccoon Trail! Easy/moderate with amazing views and colors