Explore the most popular hiking 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.

This was a nice hike in the fresh snow. The tracks from the previous reviewer were already almost completely covered, but navigation wasn't too difficult. One of the bindings on my snowshoes broke, so it made for an interesting time, but I managed to semi-repair. I also saw some moose tracks. This trail definitely doesn't deserve the hard designation. I'd put it at moderate.

snowshoeing
6 days ago

Loved this trail, perfect for snowshoeing, especially in the fresh beautiful snow. I’d guess there was 6-7” of snow throughout the trail. Less under tree cover. We did the whole 3.1 mile loop in about 2 hours. The road was closed at Aspen Meadows road before the camp so it added a bit to the hike, but nothing we couldn’t handle. Felt like a moderate hike for my girlfriend and I, and my 10 year old dog. One person had previously tracked it out in the snow already which made it easier to find from the trailhead & route, the trail map in Pro version was also helpful for finding the trailhead. Otherwise, for an adventure seeker, I’m sure it’s not that hard to find. The tree canopy also probably helps provide some way-finding if you’re not sure which way to go. My girlfriend opted to leave her snowshoes in the car and said she didn’t miss them. She just had on waterproof winter knee-high boots. I wore snow shoes and ankle boots, forgot my gators, darn, but was also just fine. Thanks to my wool socks. Love it when there’s enough snow to finally wear my snow shoes, this is a place I will have to come back to! And we didn’t see another single sole on a snowy Veterans Day Sunday!

nature trips
6 days ago

Great views. Lovely wildflowers. Plenty of spots to stop for rest on the steeper parts. We were at Panorama Point for sunset (driving up) earlier this week and heard a mountain lion snarling!
Keep your dogs on a leash for sure! Also, if you’re going to bag the dog poo, take the bag with you! Leaving the bagged poo defeats the purpose of cleaning up after your pet!

Amazing! I agree to go clockwise like everyone else said. It was a pretty steep incline, but after that it was not bad at all. The views were absolutely stunning.

Good for a local front range trail.. some hard packed snow near panorama.

Beautiful views, varied landscape, good workout.

on Raccoon Trail

8 days ago

Gorgeous trail with a variety of different scenery along the way. Breathtaking landscapes, easy to follow, some decent hills to hike.

10 days ago

Slightly snow packed at the top, but beautiful and we almost had the trail to ourselves.

This is a hike worth doing for sure. Multiple trails you can take to get to Windy Peak. So you can customize this and make it as long as you want. It does have good elevation gain, but nothing too difficult. Especially if you are local and used to the altitude. Views at the top are great and there are several other good spots on Burro and Mountain Lion Trail to keep it interesting. I would do this one again with more snow to change up the scenery. Just if there is snow make sure you have spikes/snowshoes just in case.

Awesome view at peak great trail for fall hike.

It had some nice views. We went at the end of October and it was pretty cold so bring jackets. Some snow was off the trail but not on the trail. Not very difficult hike.

hiking
21 days ago

If you’re looking for a peaceful hike through a forest with some stunning views of peaks but don’t want to give up a lazy Saturday, this hike is perfect. Not too far from Denver and a good workout!

hiking
21 days ago

Really great trail - much of it along a little stream. It intersects with the Burro trail to provide some options. Very quiet - almost no other hikers or bikers on a Friday. There’s plenty of parking at the Nott Creek lot - so shouldn’t be too tough to park even on the weekend. This area of the park is open for hunting in the fall - so I didn’t see any deer, elk or moose (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). Trail was dry. No snow or ice yet.

hiking
22 days ago

I agree with going clockwise so then you get the panoramic stopping point to have a snack close to the end.

Awesome trail, great workout.

wasn't too busy until i reached windy point. several people with dogs off the leash- not ok. everything else was beautiful

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked this trail late this morning. The trailhead is at the Slough Pond. (There is no longer a trailhead at the Visitor’s Center) The first third of a mile to the trail loop is in the shade all day and the ground is frozen already the runoff makes for a very icy trail in parts. It was almost impossible to get past the pit toilets because of the snow/ice. Did slip on the way down there.
As was mentioned in the description, there is a large stand of mature, large diameter, 50’+ aspens before you get to the shelter. Have to check that out next fall. I’d suggest going CCW to start as to not have to make a steep descent on loose rocks.

Great hike but has a couple of boulder sections of Black Bear Paw that our 12 yr old border collie had some difficulty with... heads up.

hiking
28 days ago

We hadn’t expected the snow to not have melted (silly Kansan mistake) but the trail was great. We started at the trailhead and walked to panorama point had a snack and walked back. Well marked trail, beautiful views. Took us probably 2.5 hours but we stopped for 20-30 min at panorama point.

hiking
29 days ago

Really nice hike. It was a little slick in parts due to snow on the ground...it was so nice in Denver I forgot about the recent snow! The scenery is lovely all along the trial.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail late this morning. About 2” snow on 90% of the trail. Starting temp was 51 degrees but a front passed and dropped 10 degrees. Snow was soft and not icy. No slush and trail was yet to become muddy. Fresh moose tracks in the snow before the fishing hole and had a chickaree yelling at me. GGCSP only 3mi from home - can’t beat that!

Good trail with great views from Windy Peak. Don’t forget your $7 to park.
Found a perfect spot to hang the hammocks and chill.

hiking
1 month ago

good hike and good views. foliage was past its peak, but not the trail's fault!

well blazed and we'll kept

Great day on a well maintained and well marked trail. The Aspens were just about at the end of their colors but the we’re still a few out there.

We started the loop at panorama point and went clockwise. We skipped going to the campground and Endomondo clocked us at 2.60 miles. Once you come around the loop it gets fairly steep out if no where, so we may try going counterclockwise next time to have a more gradual incline. The trail is marked really well and maintained. The aspen are really starting to look great right now so come while you can.

Beautiful trail with a medium crowd. Moderate is an accurate rating. Aspens were beautiful!!

on Snowshoe Hare Trail

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail with 4 adults (ranging in age and fitness levels) and one large dog. It was a beautiful early fall hike. The inclines were nice and made it feel like a workout but I’m with the others who have posted that maybe this hike shouldn’t be classified as difficult. Nice hike, though.

nice Sunday walk, the aspens are changing and there were lots of places to stop and take pictures. a little bit busy

The aspens were beautiful! This hike has it all, meadows, aspens, sections through the evergreen trees, amazing view on top of the rocks of the canyon. Just the right amount of difficulty.

Awesome trail, the views when you reach panorama point are amazing. Great place to see the leaves changing in the fall.

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