Burro Trail to Windy Peak

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Burro Trail to Windy Peak is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1689 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

scramble

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this 12/31. Stunning views! Green rolling peaks, snowy vistas and spire like rock columns. Snow partway up, a little slippery but manageable with hiking boots. A must-do!

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful! Must Go.

hiking
8 days ago

Clear trail conditions on january 7th. Trails are well marked with only a minimal amount of effort to navigate. Self-service $7 fee to enter park. Hunting season is also open at this trail head, so take extra precaution. No real views to speak of except at the very top of windy peak (which is aptly named).

hiking
13 days ago

Windy Peak provides a beautiful, rewarding view of the Continental Divide. On Jan. 1, 2018, the Burro loop was 95% dry and clear of ice and snow. The side trail up to Windy Peak had snow and some ice, but we made it up and down with just hiking boots. Pay attention to each intersection as it's easy to get turned around and the Burro loop requires several right turns. The trial was quiet and we didn't run into anyone until the last mile. There are a few bridges at the beginning and end where your dog can grab a drink.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful weather. Took me about 3 hours to get to the top.

1 month ago

I went up to the peak and the weather was amazing. The trail is still clearly visible

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view of grass lands

1 month ago

This trail was fun and beautiful. We had a cloudy day with a little rain so we missed some of the beauty of the views. Hiking poles helped a lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike only about an hour from Denver! Lots of varied terrain with some very basic scrambling in the middle of the trail and at the summit approach. Probably the biggest attraction of this trail is just how quiet it is, its serene and only birds break up the silence. The view from the summit is well worth the hike, and if you descend via the Mountain Lion trail you can stop at an old Swedish settlement house. Only things to be mindful of are the loose rock on the descent and the snow on the summit approach.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike with great views. We used Burro to the peak and then returned via Mtn Lion thru Forgotten Valley to visit the old Swedish settlement - terrific dog hike. Highly recommended.

3 months ago

Great day trip from Denver

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this on 9.9.17. Started at 8:15 going clockwise and there were only a few parking spots left at the trailhead (plenty within a half mile though). Nice hike with a variety of landscapes. Aspens were just starting to turn. The meadows on the eastern half of the trail were really pretty.

4 months ago

This hike we thought was hidden valley which is easy, but turned into the burro trail which is pretty hard. Very steep incline entire way up. Some nice shade at the top but the bottom of the trail is fairly open so wear lots of sunscreen and bring a full camelback. Not too many people if you go early. Make sure to bring lots of snacks because this trail is a workout. Overall we'd do it again.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike. Wasn't technically difficult, but had some large steep stretches. Great views and wasn't too busy.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail with clear signs and decent amount of shades. The terrains are steep and demanding at times with lots of loose rocks, therefore pay extra attention to where you step as I slipped and almost sprained my ankle three times descending. View from the peak is nice but not spectacular, I wish I brought some extra treats to reward myself. Bring 2L of water, more if you hike in the summer heat. Overall was a great hike, would recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of trees and rock! Like it, great work out and scenery.

5 months ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Did the loop and ran into thunderstorms at the top of windy peak (started around noon), but the second half of the loop coming down has some amazing views! Only saw about three other groups the whole way.

hiking
6 months ago

Went early (around 7:00 AM) and only saw about 6 people the entire hike until I was almost back to my car. Nice trail but watch out for loose and sharp rocks. The trail is covered with them and it can make for some slick spots.

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