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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.

Beautiful views during fall!

The terrain varied all the way to the top (meadows, rocky crags, forest). Not much snow until last push to Windy Peak - where traction devices proved very useful. We took Mountain Like back (via Hidden Valley), which was gently downhill pretty much the entire way and gave us different scenery.

6 days ago

Great views along the trail and from Panorama Point. Didn't needs snowshoes, but traction devices increased speed and safety. A lot of time in the trees.

Did this trail on Thursday February 8th. There was hardly any snow or ice until the last .5 mile up to Windy Point. It was totally doable with a good pair of shoes. Nice hike, well maintained and marked.

I left my dog leash along the trail somewhere. I hope it finds a happy new home.

Easy to follow trails and not super strenuous. Not much snow overall, but some in spots - no extra traction needed. Walked up to Windy Peak as well. Overall fun hike.

21 days ago

Great views, moderate in difficulty. We did it with layers and good boots as most snow was melted away. Beautiful cabin at the end, totally a great spot for lunch. started on Burro trail, connected to Mountain Lion to get there.

Easily one of my favorite hikes in the front range. Quick ascension, GORGEOUS views of Kitteridge. Hiked yesterday and micros were nice for traction at the beginning but the snow/ice thinned out towards the top. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a quick hike with rewarding views.. perfect for visitors

25 days ago

Great hike for a sunny Tuesday! The trail was empty and easy to follow. It was snowy & a bit slippery, but nothing I couldn’t fix with my spikes. The trail up to Windy Peak was steep but manageable, and well worth the views at the top.

26 days ago

Tons of snow, but you can do this with waterproof hiking boots. Not too hard! Was a good challenge for a winter hike. Did it on a sunny day, maybe 45 degrees. Just follow the trail to windy peak. Only saw one other person on the hike.

Always a great go to! Has a little bit of everything you'd want in a day hike!

1 month ago

I wanted to get a hike in just in case the weather people are right and we get a storm Sunday. Not many people on the trail in the morning but more as the afternoon went on. Since it was a little cool, I was glad Windy Peak didn't live up to it's name. Mostly the trail was very steep, rocky and shady with some breaks of sunshine that warmed me up a bit. It was a beautiful day and a great work out. On the way back to the parking space I took a detour to Hidden Valley and the Tallman Ranch that was interesting.

Beautiful sites up at the top. Nice rock formations!

1 month ago

This remains our "go to" hike close to Denver. We take Mountain Lion to Windy Peak and back down using Burro. This makes for a very nice 6.5 mile hike. Mountain Lion is a forest hike that follows a nice stream most of the way which was frozen over at this time. There is a tough push for almost a mile to get to the top of Windy Peak but the views are worth it.

Beautiful hike. Trail in great condition and well marked. Low traffic. Tough but fun ascent to Windy Peak. Good for the doggos, too.

1 month ago

Nice quiet hike. Park at Slough Pond. You have to pay a daily parks pass ($7). Trail conditions today were really good, only a few snowy/icy spots.

Hiked this 12/31. Stunning views! Green rolling peaks, snowy vistas and spire like rock columns. Snow partway up, a little slippery but manageable with hiking boots. A must-do!

Pretty good hike, 95% in the trees so definitely not one if you want big views. But it was nice! Snow pack on the whole trail and one area of ice but I felt like my normal hiking boots were enough. I followed suit and started at panorama point, it was probably just under 3 miles from there. It would definitely be good in the summer with all the tree coverage. Good hike!

Beautiful! Must Go.

Every time I’m at Golden Gate it seems to be windy. This is the best trail so far to stay out of the wind!

Clear trail conditions on january 7th. Trails are well marked with only a minimal amount of effort to navigate. Self-service $7 fee to enter park. Hunting season is also open at this trail head, so take extra precaution. No real views to speak of except at the very top of windy peak (which is aptly named).

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