Explore the most popular birding trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
15 hours ago

Nice trail with a good mixture of elevation changes. Our dog loved the creek the trail follows most of the way as well.

hiking
16 hours ago

Hiked 5/25. This is a great trail going through a beautiful forest filled with aspen groves. Amazing views at the top! It’s pretty flat but there are definitely parts that are straight uphill that get your heart rate going. All in all, beautiful hike to do on the short side of things that also provides a good work out!

lovely hike through trees and along a creek until you start climbing toward the top. it's an incline but not at all too steep. good hike for folks coming into town. weren't too many folks on a Friday morning, but there were some mountain bikers.

Difficult with easy patches, making it pleasant to keep going. Lots of options for alternative trails. Many beautiful views.

Nice little hike. Went on a Friday 5/18/2018; day before and during our hike it was sunny, partly cloudy, went up around 9AM. Saw a few hikers, especially where some of the trails meet up. The meadow was pretty, and signage available throughout the route was helpful to understand the history of trail.

hiking
5 days ago

Still one of our favorites. Although it was very foggy this day and there were no views from Windy Peak, the hike through the foggy forest was surreal. The brook was running pretty good and made for a nice soundtrack to the hike and a few waterfalls. Very quiet because of the weather. However this trail tends to be pretty quiet most days. Great hike no matter the weather.

Perfect views even on a cloudy day- can’t wait to go back to see the aspen leaves change color at this location!

hiking
13 days ago

Went on a foggy day and the views were still breath taking. 10/10 would recommend and am considering going back in the fall to see the aspen leaves change color

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful hike! Well marked trail, a variety of different views and terrain. Didn't see a soul the entire time I was out there (for you solitude junkies)

on Mountain Lion Trail

hiking
19 days ago

This is a really great loop trail that passes through a remarkable variety of terrain and natural beauty. There’s quite a bit of snow on the north side, but traction is not necessary.

Only a little snow left on the trail. No need for any microspikes

Nice well maintained trail. Weren’t a lot of people and had a nice view at the top. Wasn’t to challenging but all in all beautiful area and great day.

hiking
19 days ago

Did just the mountain lion trail loop today. Good time to go. Just a little snow on the back side going counterclock from the trail head parking lot. Some wildflowers and cactus beginning to bloom. Deer creek is flowing nice.

hiking
19 days ago

This hike was a lot of fun. We completed the trail counter-clockwise and it starts off headed down towards a creek that you follow for a decent stretch. There are plenty of nice views as you head back out towards the open front range, with gorgeous backdrop to the whitecaps. The terrain was equally diverse; rocky areas, snow, bridges. Because the trail goes down after the first mile be prepared for the strenuous part about 2/3 of the way through. Also, if you get spooked easily, this trail continues next to rock formations and cliffs that certainly appeal to be a lovely home for a mountain lion - hence the name. There are dues for the park as a heads up. Certainly check this one out, enjoy the hike!

Nice hike yesterday. Used yaks as icy slush intermittently. More slush than mud. Saw bear tracks, beautiful tint blue butterflies. Does anyone know what type of butterflies they are? Trail moderately busy
Nice day!

21 days ago

Very nice trail to get acclimated to Altitude. The entire trail is covered in snow reducing hiked MPH.

This is the first hike we did when we landed in CO from Michigan and it was brutal. Getting use to the elevation change in one day was tough but it was worth the challenge because it prepared us for a much higher hike the following day. Great hike with amazing views along the way.

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked this on April 30, 2018. Beautiful hike that started at reverends ridge campground. Our phones recorded the hike as 3.4 miles loop hike from loop A campground with a 730ft elevation changed. The beginning was easy with a downward switchback trail followed by open fields with a private cabin in sight.

On the ascent there was mostly flat paths with rocks and boulders thrown in. Small patches of mud and snow but overall manageable.

“The Summit” stops at Panorama Point that has bathrooms and a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains.

Definitely a must see and good 1.5 - 2 hour hike!

hiking
26 days ago

Descent climb with an awesome view! I’d recommended this plus one other trail in Golden Gate if you’re looking for a day full of hiking

hiking
26 days ago

4-29-18
Important things first: $7.00 to park, and lots of bathrooms (at and around trailhead).
Beautiful trail and stunning views. The trail is pretty well marked but a little confusing in some spots. Most of the trail is shaded. We arrived around 10am Sunday and there was hardly anyone else there.

Love this hike. No bikes or horses allowed on most of the trail so this one stays fairly quiet even when the rest of the park is crowded. Steady climb no matter which direction you go. Great views on Black Bear and a nice creek on the Horseshoe side. Rocky in spots and watch the signs on the incline in Black Bear. It is very easy to go the wring direction. Great hike close to Denver.

hiking
27 days ago

This hike was moderate to difficult (based on the steep incline at parts) and is definitely NOT 6.6 miles. We tracked almost 10 miles on our phones! It was a scenic hike along a stream for most of the trail but it would’ve been helpful to know we would hike 3 miles longer than anticipated. Good hike!

Moderate hike with a good incline. There was no snow and no need for spikes. We started at Knott Creek and went up to Windy Peak before coming back down in Burro Trail. If you come in from the back of the park, the road isn’t paid. Next time I’ll come in the main entrance and stop at the visitors center - also because I never have change for the $7 day pass!

Great trail to hike! Love the vista when you get to the top!

hiking
1 month ago

As someone already mentioned, you see a bit of everything from open fields, to pine forest to aspen groves. Parts of it were beautiful. There are several road crossings and parking lots that are not exactly scenic and you can hear traffic for a significant portion of the hike. The trail markers were confusing and it was difficult to figure out if we were on the right path at times. We started on Blue Grouse trail, then got on Mule Deer trail. In our attempt to follow our GPS on the Alltrails app we somehow ended up on a service road for a mile or two that was not part of the intended hike. We did not see a sign for "Elk" trail until the last 1.5 mile or so of the hike, which was also confusing since Elk Trail appears to have been erroneously included in the name on AllTrails. We essentially just did Blue Grouse Trail to Mule Deer Loop/Racoon Trail and abandoned the Alltrails map after we became lost on the service road.

Great trail. Originally started off with the intent of doing just Burro Trail but decided to go up to Windy Peak. Climb up to the peak was still a bit messy / with a little snow but nothing terrible. Views at the top were amazing. Definitely worth going to see. Overall great hike with lots of challenging hills. Not a ton of people out. Bring cash ($7 for park pass).

Did this trail 4/22. Little muddy in few spots but mostly dry and super fun. Some really awesome views once you get going as well. Third time hiking this combo and one of my all time favorites.

hiking
1 month ago

Earth Day! Two 9 year old boys, one lazier than the other, hiked bootleg-coyote-mule-barn- bootleg. We started around 10 am, stopped for 2 picnics and ended at 2:45.

We had fun, likely will not return until fall to this trail. The meadows are filed with aspen and that will be gorgeous in October.

Snowing on our hike. Trees looked beautiful. Mild moderate rating. Lots of rocks on the trail. Spikes unnecessary. Serene environment. Only one other hiker on a Saturday.

Wonderful challenging trail. Would like to come back and backpack sometime.

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