Looking for a great trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado? AllTrails has 32 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 23 moderate trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park ranging from 2.6 to 60.3 miles and from 7,729 to 9,524 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park encompasses over 12,000 acres of forest, with rocky peaks, aspen meadows. This 11,998-acre Front Range park established in 1960 has campgrounds, picnic areas, and 36 miles of hiking trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and offer the snow lover ample opportunities for outdoor recreation such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating. Only 30 miles from Denver, this Colorado State Park makes for a great weekend trip, location for your next family or company outing, or makes a great stop on a road trip. The park offers varied camping amenities such as a electrical hook-ups and tent-sites in two different campgrounds or one of the five cabins and two yurts. Here, you will also find stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where you will look out over the Continental Divide. The park is also home to mule deer, mountain lions, black bear, and other wildlife. Check with the visitor center for information on hunting or renting out the guest house. You can also camp in one of the first come first served backcountry campsites, but be aware that no campfires are allowed.

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muddy
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Wanted to see the last trace of Aspens in the fall juxtaposed with snow that fell the day before. The trail does have a lot of canopy so panoramic views are not too easily seen. Well maintained dirt trail most of the way. The snow and Aspens were beautiful!

hiking
4 days ago

Good for a casual hike

Great trail! Beautiful, Aspen tree-lined. Cute small bridges here and there. Just passed a couple people with their dogs, not crowded at all. Great workout too with a few rocky steeper spots here and there. All around great hike!!

on Raccoon Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Very scenic and easy loop!

hiking
5 days ago

such a beautiful trail with unbeatable views! there was just a little bit of fall left!

hiking
6 days ago

Easy hike with a spectacular view!

I ran this trail on 10/07. The trail is completely lined in aspens so I cannot even imagine how beautiful it would be with all the leaves on. Sadly today most leaves had already fallen did the trees! Still a very nice trail though! Pretty rocky on the first 1.4 miles and once you get to the area by the campsites it is pretty sandy.

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rocky
washed out
7 days ago

Love this trail and hike it regularly. It is definitely longer than 6.9 — closer to 7.3ish, but worth it and so beautiful! Also, it’s not very heavily trafficked, unless everyone is on the trail wayyyy earlier than we are...every single time we go. :) It’s awesome to watch the trail adjust to the seasons, with changes visible even from week to week.

Took my 10 and 16 year old and thought it was slightly challenging as it was all incline the entire way up, but totally worth it. Great workout and gorgeous views at the top. It was chilly up there this time of year. 10/6

hiking
7 days ago

Multiple access points to trails so trails were quite busy even on a weekday with novice hikers. Some washout but nice changing leaves.

on Raccoon Trail

hiking
7 days ago

This is a primarily dirt trail and was fairly easy. You’ll go down Reverend Ridge Trailhead to get to Raccoon Trail and that’s where you have 2 options to complete the loop. We went to Panorama route first and it did not disappoint! Views for days and the aspens are prime. Overall it is a well-maintained and well-marked Trail. It took us about 2 hours to finish. The park rangers helped coordinate parking so we didn’t have any issues there. It’s an $8 fee and has flushing bathrooms - quite the luxury in a national park

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked on 9/30/19. Beautiful trail to see all the colors of the leaves. Some elevation change but not bad at all. Beautiful panoramic views! I highly recommend this trail!

hiking
fee
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike dog friendly with beautiful views and changing Aspens

hiking
7 days ago

Nice 1 hr+ hike loop. Counter clockwise is aerobic going up gravel better:)

hiking
7 days ago

Very crowded. Aspens are almost gone in some spots

Great hike with pups. Perfect amount of incline for a relaxing, fall hike.

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rocky
7 days ago

Just did this on a beautiful Sunday with the aspens changing and it was amazing but definitely longer than stated. Make sure to bring plenty of water and be ready for lots of sun and shade!

Started on black bear and it was a solid stretch of incline with a bit of some scrambling which was fun. Made our way to horseshoe for a nice leisurely stroll back. A low key favorite hike so far.

hiking
7 days ago

Pretty nice easy hike to see the Aspens. Quite busy with folks and lots of dogs. Parking limited

Good parking, well marked, beautiful leaves!

hiking
8 days ago

Started at the start/end point marked on the default map here and traveled south just a mile or two before turning around and heading back. The leaves were AMAZING. Definitely at peak! I've never lucked out on timing this well! Pretty easy trail if you only do a couple miles of it, haha. Also fairly heavily trafficked by hikers and mountain bikers. Probably not usually that busy when the aspens aren't changing. Also, this is a state park so there's a fee to get in. I believe it was $8/day.

Very crowded, but with beautiful foliage. Easy trail.

on Raccoon Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike! The leaves are at their peak right now! Started at 9am on a Saturday and there were a lot of people already on the trail. Very popular trail but the views are so worth it! Very dog friendly too. I'd recommend using a gps of some sort to track the hike, it is a loop but the route can get confusing at times.

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rocky
scramble
8 days ago

This trail is so beautiful!

Perfect day and hike for the senses: beautiful golden leafs against blue sky, wind rippling through the aspens and smells of fir and fallen leafs. We started at 9:30am. It was cold (50 degrees) and very windy. Went counter clockwise, opting for the forests first. We jumped off onto service road at one point that was filled with tree debris from a recent fire. Recommend staying on the trail. We hiked to Panorama Point, which is crowded but spectacular and not to be missed. As we made our way back to the trailhead after noon, we were in direct sunlight in the prairie meadows. We passed mountain bikers and a couple of horseback riders. All in, we hiked 11.5 miles and finished at 2:30pm.

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