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More than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed meadows laced with miles of trails awaiting the hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and winter sports enthusiast at Golden Gate State Park. Only 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon offers such amenities as a electrical hook-ups and tent-sites in two different campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where visitors can see 100 miles of the Continental Divide. The parks numerous group facilities can host several types of events, from weddings to family reunions and company picnics. Besides camping, overnight guests can also stay at one of the five cabins and two yurts at Golden Gate. In 2008, the park began renting out guest houses, a first for a Colorado State Park. Winter will find visitors cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating.

Taken at a leisurely pace this wasn't that hard- minor scrambling for a short section. Connected in to mule trail and came back down in horseshoe and back to black bear to finish out.

One of my favorite trails! Never disappoints. Beware of ticks. After reading the reviews on the Burro trail to Windy Peak, we became aware of ticks and were on the lookout for them. We sat down for lunch for maybe 5 minutes, and within that time, the 1 yr old, 6 yr old, and the Dad all had one tick crawling on their legs. Luckily none stuck. We were all tick free when we came home.

Nice hike. The wife and I made our way up and around the quaint cabin. The first 30 or so minutes from the parking spot were the hardest in terms of elevation change. After that, it was smooth sailing. Well worth the trip.

trail running
10 days ago

Beautiful! Be aware that it's $7 for a day pass and the visitor center doesn't open until 9 am. I followed signs for Mule Deer Trail the whole way. Cooler temperatures, but I was fine in shorts/tshirts and no snow or wet spots as of mid May!

10 days ago

A pretty, well-shaded, trail up to a stunning view, with a rewarding hike down mountain lion trail if you choose to go the long way. The trail is mildly loose with a few rocky uphills, but otherwise perfect. Very light traffic on mother's day (happy mother's day, moms).

Great hike! Make sure you bring $7 for pay station and are ready to hike close to 10 miles. There are beautiful views near panorama point and it was pretty hot on a mid 70's day. Sunscreen it up! :D enjoy!

on Forgotten Valley

12 days ago