Looking for a great trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 20 moderate trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park ranging from 2.6 to 11.8 miles and from 7,729 to 9,524 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
snow
17 hours ago

2/16/19: the snow is packed down well making it easy for hiking. I wore my micro spikes but I bet you could get by without. It’s a beautiful trail - saw a few snowshoers but that’s it. Will have to go back in summer to see the water not frozen over.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

2/15/19: Weather was sunny and 40-degrees, but 20-30mph winds were pretty consistent. Only two other people on the trail. I parked at Bridge Creek trailhead. This app and the park info say this hike is only 4.9 miles long, but both times I’ve hiked it my mileage was well over 5.5 miles and even closer to 6. Today’s mileage recorded 5.9, so I’m pretty sure it’s longer than the published 4.5-4.9 miles.

I wore spikes the whole way (did the lollipop loop clockwise). Definitely not enough snow for snowshoes. The spikes were very helpful on the east and north facing slopes where the trail is fully snowpacked or ice. The south and west facing slopes were mostly bare and dry or muddy, so some of the time I was treading carefully with spikes on rocks. A few places near the Windy Peak spur were a little tricky to navigate due to multiple footprint tracks diverging from the trail, but the app worked great and I was able to watch my progress on it to ensure I kept going the right direction. Altogether a lovely hike!

hiking
1 day ago

Did this trail yesterday, Valentine’s Day, in microspikes I use for trail running and has zero problems. Friend of mine did it in hiking boots and was slipping but didn’t have too much trouble. Hike is definitely moderate-hard with the snow. Some parts the snow was totally melted, others it was well packed and covered the whole trail. We went during the day and saw nobody else. It is very well marked.

hiking
muddy
snow
4 days ago

The trail was well tracked so no need for snowshoes. Kat trax will help but not necessary. Mostly snow packed but some mud

Icy, I should not have done this without spikes or poles. If you have one or the other, you’ll be in great shape. Getting to the top of black bear in the snow was a workout!

Also: You'll have to get a parking pass from the visitor's center for $8 before you park. Saw the ranger drive around before I went up.

Great hike today. Perfect conditions, packed snow the entire way!

hiking
snow
6 days ago

This was a great winter hike! Hardly anyone out here on a Sunday afternoon. Spikes were helpful for general stabilization on the snowpack and the steep icier parts, but not absolutely required. Great views at the top. Hiked 2/10/19.

hiking
snow
7 days ago

Great snow covered trail with panoramic vistas. Micro spikes were sufficient.

hiking
snow
7 days ago

hiking
snow
10 days ago

Beautiful, snow covered forest trail with some open vistas. Hiked this trail on February 4, 2019.

hiked this yesterday with just boots and it went pretty well. the snow towards the top of the trail got very deep, about thigh high so be open to a little trudging through that. the views are great and overall it wasnt too difficult. highly recommend!

hiking
13 days ago

Went to Golden Gate to snowshoe Raccoon Trail yesterday. It was very packed down (only would need microspikes at the most) so we mostly did Mule Deer instead. However great views and a lovely day.

hiking
snow
13 days ago

Went to Golden Gate originally to snowshoe Raccoon Trail. Raccoon was super packed down so decided to do part of Mule Trail instead which still had good snow cover. Beautiful hike, great views (we left from Panorama Point so we were on Raccoon for parts of it.) Very enjoyable in snowshoes with moderate inclines and declines.

hiking
snow
14 days ago

snowshoeing
snow
15 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
15 days ago

Beautiful hike! One of the first to hit the trail this morning (and break it in after the recent snowfall), and with about 99% of the hike covered in unpredictable snow (0.6-2.5 ft), it was a slog for a good chunk of the way up (counterclockwise) and down. Def have to earn this hike, but unquestionably worth it, especially once you make it to windy peak! Incredible views - lots of chilling wind. Bring snow shoes for the next 2-3 days ;-)

hiking
muddy
snow
15 days ago

Hiked this loop counterclockwise today. Mostly hard packed snow until about 2.5 miles in, then be prepared for ankle to knee deep snow in sections. Snowshoes would have be a “nice to have” trucking up to Windy Peak from the trail break off Burro. Definitely glad I had my GPS pulled up because there were a couple of moments were the footprints of others led me astray (only briefly). Beautiful at the top and not too windy.

hiking
muddy
snow
15 days ago

Well marked, but snowy and deep. No need for snow shoes, but would absolutely have traction. Great views at the top !

hiking
snow
20 days ago

lots of postholing...would recommend snowshoes.

Very snowy for the entire hike which added to the difficulty, especially that last push to Windy Peak. Did it with hiking boots but snow shoes would have worked well. Trail was easy to follow thanks to some brave souls since the last snow, deep in spots. Views at the top were awesome as always.

snowshoeing
snow
29 days ago

DO NOT TRY TO TAKE GOOGLE MAPS ROUTE WITH MOUNTAIN BASE ROAD IT'S CLOSED! Did half this hike on 1/12/19. Snow packed trail approx 4-8 inches great for snow shoeing but can be done with yak tracks! Did the trail clockwise and there's a pretty decent incline about 1/3rd of the way in. Didn't make it to panaroma point due to starting really late but I would highly recommend and am planning to go back soon!

Hiked on a Sunday morning (1/13/19) after about 6 inches of snow on Friday. It was absolutely beautiful and we only saw two other people. Lots of snow so spikes are necessary for the incline. The last mile (the 0.5 out and back) was inaccessible because of the snow and the trail had not been cleared so you would need snowshoes for this portion. The loop had a semi cleared path though!

1 month ago

Can’t comment on the actual hike yet. Went on 1/13/18 and the gate was closed so the road to the trailhead was not accessible! Not sure if it is closed for the winter or just because of the recent snow.

Did this hike today. Was amazing! Definitely need snow shoes. hard to stay on trail since we were blazing the post snow trail but was beautiful.

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great trail - went yesterday and still didn't need crampons or yak tracks

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful winter day. No need for spikes, just a couple of inches of snow in the shadows. Nice long stretches of up and down. Pretty quiet, most dogs on leash like they’re supposed to be.

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