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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.
Very pretty surroundings and amazing views at the top. Trail was difficult to follow as it's lightly traveled in some parts. I think it was above the moderate rating provided on this site. The sign at the trailhead said "most difficult". Will do again and highly recommend to others. Just be ready for uneven footing the entire way.
Pat H. on Mountain Lion Trail
3 stars if I could it would be 3.5! The trail has a lot of very loose gravel and rocks at times and even though the main trails are clearly marked the small side trails are not, which can lead to confusion in finding your way. Overall pretty pleased, a lot of great views and not to much traffic!
Two many people not following the leash your dog rules, which is a huge drag!!
Trail had some ice still in spots but not enough to create any problems, A very good hike, would agree with the moderate rating!
My wife and I did this hike in March on a warmer day. It was nice to get to the top of windy peaks and look out at the beautiful scenery. Along the hike the stream gave a nice background noise to make the getaway a reality. Some parts of the trail still had ice and snow on them. As far as trail marking, we did make a wrong turn which made our hike about 2 miles longer. This is also due to some misguiding by the visitor center. A miscommunication that lead to a little more exercise. There are some steeper climbs that will get you working a bit which was nice.
Trail was not that difficult we ended up doing a second loop up the mountain lion trail for a little more exercise. It was a steady climb in places but not super long so adding the extra few miles helped. Great park though with bathrooms at the beginning of trail heads and lots of options to customize your outing.