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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.

hiking
13 hours ago

Went up Saturday morning and got on the trail around 8:45 - overall the trail wasn't crowded for a Saturday. It was cloudy and a bit drizzly, but there was a rainbow and some blue skies when we got to Panorama Point and it was beautiful. The aspens were awesome but quite a few have already lost their leaves, so I expect this won't last too much longer. Unfortunately we didn't spot any wildlife but there were lots of friendly dogs along the way. Great views all along the way!

hiking
13 hours ago

Nice short hike, and lots of beautiful Aspens starting to change. Road noise is a little bit of a nuisance at the start, but it gets really quiet immediately after because of the dirt and leaves covering the trail. We were advised to hike counterclockwise, which was a good decision. We chose not to go up the extra .5 mile to the shelter, but were told the view is better from there. This is a less crowded area than the rest of the park, with fewer people on the trail and more parking spaces available. Highly recommended for a short Fall outing!

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked Raccoon loop today and the aspens were stunning. I'm a novice hiker and managed this trail with my dog. Just enough uphill to get the hear pumping. Some nice shade for hot days.

Pretty hike! Spot on for distance. You do need a park pass so stop at the station right before the turn to the trailhead if you don't have one. Some of the Aspens were just starting to change when we went last weekend. I imagine it will be even more beautiful in a few weeks.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice quick weekend hike, but definitely not difficult. Doesn't have the same abundance of lovely views as other hikes in the park, but you're sure to not run into many people (a bonus to me!). 4 stars because of its relative desertion. 3 stars on the merit of the hike alone. :)

The aspen trees are changing color! They were very gold today, will probably get more orange and red by the weekend. Perfect trail for hiking with dogs- enough shade to keep them cool but long enough to tucker them out! One hiker said she spotted some moose today so keep an eye out for wild life.

hiking
4 days ago

Directions: Do NOT follow the signs to the park, that will take you too far (if coming from Denver.) Turn right on Crawford Gulch Rd, it's about 4 miles after you have turned onto Golden Gate Canyon Rd. Go about 8 miles on Crawford Gulch Rd (it turns into Drew Hill Rd) and the entrance to the trail head will be on your right. The road will turn to gravel..just keep going. Get your day pass and continue on the road in, there is a little parking lot right as you turn in but I suggest you drive in further as there's a closer parking lot to the trail head and bathrooms. I suggest you start walking the loop by going straight behind the bathrooms. This will give you a better view as you are descending. It's kind of boring the first mile or so, you will be walking through fields and it can get warm if it's sunny out. But you eventually will go into a deciduous forest, then along the stream and then into a pine forest where you will reach the top (we did not go to Windy Peak per the other reviewers.) Beautiful views as you descend. Towards the end you will walk through more fields. It took us a little over 3 hours and we took one 10 min break. Great hike!!

Great hike and views with the trees turning colors

hiking
4 days ago

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6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Fun easy trail with a great view.

hiking
7 days ago

FYI, if you bring a vehicle and want to park at the base of the trail(s), you'll have to pay $7 for a day pass.

We arrived early and spend a few hours hiking, taking our time and going off trail here and there to enjoy the views. There was plenty of wildlife and few people on the trail before 10am. The "lake" is more of a large pond with fish and seaweed, but is still serene if you're there alone.

The weather changes on a dime the higher you go, so bring layers and something to put them in because you'll be hot and cold!

Pictures are misleading, but it was a decent hike.

Several trails so you can combine. The old Tallman ranch site is cool. Nice views. Decent elevations. Some parts of the trail is single file.