Explore the most popular trail running 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
7 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

on Mule Deer Trail

10 days ago

Listed as moderate but honestly very easy in terms of a wonderfully maintained trail. The only reason to rate is as moderate is because of the length of the loop.

hiking
10 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
13 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.

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
14 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
14 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!

15 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
19 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
20 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
21 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.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice trail, not too crowded!

hiking
21 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
27 days 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.

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.

The Coyote trail was difficult with the vertical gain, but best to do the work upfront and coast on down.

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.

hiking
28 days 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.

Great hike. Tough elevation gains but great views to reward you. A hike we will go back to for sure. Not too many people, trail was mostly dry with a little bit of mud and snow (no traction required). Don’t forget this is a Colorado state park and requires a day pass.

Gorgeous hike. Not too crowded. The trees aren’t too dense, so you get nice views along the way. Definitely worth the push to get to the peak, as the view is breathtaking. Took quite a long time to do the entire hike due to altitude gains.

hiking
1 month ago

Great for what we were looking for. Awesome views on the way to panorama point and at panorama point. Some spots were icy but we were wearing hiking boots and we were fine. Make sure to pay attention to signs to not go off the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

FYI: You have to pay $7 cash on entry to the park, and there is no human there to give change. You have to put your money in an envelope and drop it in a deposit slot that is too tiny to fit a bunch of coins in (we tried), so make sure you have correct change in bills!

The hike itself offers beautiful views of the mountains from a couple of different lookout points around midway, with most of the trail surrounded by forest. As of 4/15 there is a fair amount of mud on the trail and still a couple small patches of snow/ice, but nothing unmanageable in just boots. It was a nice hike to do with the dogs, and definitely on the easy side of moderate compared to other trails we’ve done. Enough incline to get your heart rate up in a couple places, but easy enough that we saw some people with kids on the trail. For us, hiking from Reverend Ridge campground to Panorama Point and back registered as 3.8 miles and 1 hr 45 mins.

hiking
1 month ago

Snow is almost all melted away. Had a hard time figuring out if we had gone on the right path since it converges with other trails. But great views and not too crowded.

I liked this trail. Definitely felt like more than 4.6 miles. The first incline is pretty tough but after that it's not so bad, especially through most the second part of the loop until towards the end. The rock scrambling was a lot of fun. I went in early March and there was a lot of ice still but passable without spikes. $7 to get in.

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