Explore the most popular views 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.

We did the loop part only, starting and ending at Panorama Point. Its about 3 miles. It wasn't a hard trail but I can see it would be for people who don't hike as much.You go downhill, no matter which was you start (we went clockwise, which seemed the better option after completing it). But there are some great views, you pass through pines trees, aspens, along the creek, and lots of wild flowers, including columbines near the creek. Parts of the trail were rocky and muddy, and be on the look out for mountain bikers, they don't all announce their presence.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a wonderful trail. The summit (at Panorama Point, which you can also drive to if you don’t want to hike to it) is absolutely breathtaking, with I think 10 14ers visible. The trail itself is super well maintained and well marked. I was beyond charmed by the wildflowers and Aspen trees along the way. The trail itself was marked as 4 miles, but I clocked it at 5- though my dog and I did make it an up-and-back instead of doing the full loop (that was apparently longer). We got stuck in a thunderstorm on the way to the summit and there was enough tree cover to protect us from the worst of the rain.

Parking is limited at the campground center; it was about 12pm on a Friday and I had to do a loop and lucked out when I came back around. There are bathrooms and maps there, and the trailhead is easy to find.

FYI - print or take pictures of your driving directions to and from the park. I had cell service getting there but absolutely no service leaving, and got crazy lost driving out of the park. It made for a beautiful drive, but definitely longer than I planned to have.

Great hike, well marked trails, awesome scenery. Challenging and fun!

Great trail, lots of great views and lots of shade. Bathrooms at the parking lot but no water. $7 fee to get in but worth it!

hiking
6 days ago

Very nice trail! It was perfect actually...

Absolutely amazing hike! As a beginner, it was a tough one. Mostly incline which is what winded me so much. Best feeling in the world once you get to the top.

trail running
6 days ago

Love this trail. Mostly shade, some rocks, and there’s an incline but nothing crazy if you’re walking. If you are trail running (what I did), at the start of the loop you have to choose to go left or right. Go right and the rockiest area will be on the incline. Go left and the smoothest area will be on the incline. Took my dog and she had a blast. Beautiful views at the top as well.

I drove from Denver via 46 and came back via 72 and 93. The 46 way is much windier and more narrow. 72 and 93 are much more open, wider curves.

Pretty but a very easy hike. Family appropriate maybe? I suppose I should’ve known from the map but assumed there would be scrambling or bouldering involved to justify the difficulty rating. If you’re looking for a quick pretty hike this one is great but if you want to breath a little harder I’d reconsider.

great trail. lots of zigzags . there is like a silent woods area you get to walk through with logs leading the path. the end near the peak can kinda be rough.

loved it and the views were amazing. loved the rush

Fairly easy hike except the hike through the pines to the peak was a lot for this Texan. Tons of access to fresh water for the pups. Saw a lot signs of wildlife but no encounters. The trail is very clearly marked which is appreciated due to all the turn offs. A lot of shaded spots except for the way down the mountain. Not crowded at all but it was also a Wednesday. I would love to go back to this trail and with the many Golden has to offer I want to try them all.

Great loop trail to Windy Peak (which is very aptly named). Lots of signs to keep you on course. It’s a fairly steep hike but there is also plenty of shade. Be prepared to pay $7 due to Park fees. Was very low traffic for a Sunday. Also plenty of picnic tables are the trailhead to relax once you finish.

hiking
12 days ago

Well maintained Trail with moderate traffic at 11am Saturday in June. Parking was scarce.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike! Nice walk through the forest and was shaded majority of the way. Pretty steep in a couple areas but overall pretty easy.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike with a few steep climbs. Loved how well marked the trail was the entire way. Beautiful views!

It was diverse

I started around 9 am on a Wednesday. Very few other people were there. The trail was great because it was shaded. And the ups were often paired with downs/flats so it was easy to recover without stopping. I added the Windy Peak trail at the top for a total of 6.6 miles. I got back to my car around 11:30 am. Loved this hike!

Not too easy and not too hard. Has great views, wasn’t crowded, and had a good balance of sunshine and shade.

hiking
17 days ago

We went up last Sunday afternoon, and there weren’t a ton of people. The trail was beautiful the whole length, with a mix of aspen and pine. There were a few good inclines, but overall it wasn’t too strenuous. It’s a good one for a quick afternoon hike.

Looked like a good mountain bike trail too.

trail running
18 days ago

Would do this one again. I love this park, it’s beautiful!! I can’t wait to do mountain lion trail on the other side now.

It gets very rocky at the top so be sure to follow the signs. No mountain bikers!!!! :) I saw people with dogs, but I can’t imagine doing the top of this trail with a dog. Horseshoe trail is good for trail running on the way back, but black bear is more of a hiking trail.

Pleasant, challenging but not too difficult. Went with my 10 year old son and completed the hike in just under 3 hours.

hiking
19 days ago

Parts of this trail were fantastic and others were a bit less exciting. The apex of the loop doesn’t have much a view as you’re walking through the forest going up then just transitions downward. You have to take the side trail up to windy peak for a summit type view which was a really nice spot to stop and hang out on the rocks. Going counterclockwise you have a ton of fun creek crossings at the beginning of your advent. The last bit coming back to the start of the loop had some beautiful open hillsides with all the wildflowers in bloom early June.

hiking
19 days ago

An easy trail that the kids really enjoyed. This was the first stop of our Colorado trip.

This was the first trail we did with the kids. A peaceful hike. The trail was rocky and the elevation was at the beginning of the trail.

hiking
20 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. A perfect short trip to take kids along and the pond is very pretty. There's also a nice log to sit on and enjoy the view.

22 days ago

If you actually look around and stop every now and then, you actually noticed some pretty amazing views. We took mule deer to coyote, and I found it mildly challenging and a lot of fun.

This hike was overall very beautiful. However, it took about 8 miles to hike the whole thing and it was fairly difficult (towards the middle). In fact, the park classifies it as difficult! Plan being on taking at least 3 hours to finish or more and completely exhausted by the end!

In addition, a stream runs beside the trail and is relaxing and extremely enjoyable! The Mountain View was pretty and worth the hard work. I would definitely go again in the near future!

hiking
24 days ago

The full loop took us about four and a half hours. The whole hike was gorgeous. The stream ran next to the trail for most of the time.

There’s a $7 park entrance fee that you have to pay with cash.

The best view isn’t actually from the peak. It’s actually from west side of the peak. If you continue walking down the trail you’ll get to really see out onto the other peaks and valleys nearby.

Would definitely recommend this trail. Had a great time but was completely exhausted by the end.

backpacking
24 days ago

Did this as introduction backpacking experience for my partner. Good little overnight trip. You do have to pick your campsite ahead of time at the visitors center, but we arrived in the afternoon and only one had been selected (on a holiday weekend). We camped at site five and had a couple of encounters with two moose there. As others have said, not a ton of breathtaking views but still worth doing.

hiking
24 days ago

Really nice trail, beautiful walk through wooded areas with some nice vistas. Maybe two climbs that got the heart pumping but other than that it was a pretty easy trail. We had our two dogs with us too, and the trail wasn’t rocky so it was easy on their paws. We did see some other dogs, all on leash which was nice to see. We’ve had some run ins with off leash dogs on other trails. Sometimes people don’t understand how threatening an off leash dog can be when your dog is leashed (and needs to be or they would chase anything that moved...). We went on Memorial Day. It was overcast with thunder rumbling and light sprinkles, but still loved the hike. The low clouds added a cool ambiance to the hike. Not a lot of people either which was nice, but given its location, I’m sure it was pretty busy over the holiday weekend.

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