Golden Gate Canyon Loop

MODERATE 16 reviews

Golden Gate Canyon Loop is a 9.6 mile loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1673 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

19 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked this Sunday. Parked at Ole Barn Knoll parking lot. It is called Mule Deer the whole way. Steep in the beginning and again one other time. Therefore I fee it is moderate difficulty. There is an overlook deck to look at the continental divide. Advice: to resume on Mule Deer Trail after stopping at the overlook go down in front of the deck to find the trail again. 3 groups were wandering around for 10 minutes trying to find it. Perfect trail with some challenges, lovely rewarding view, and some flat areas.

trail running
1 month 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!

1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Also called the mule deer trail - great day!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

7 months ago

Mule deer trail. Great ride!

8 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

We did a run on this trail yesterday. More people around 11 but it was pretty clear otherwise. Somewhat steep hill up that opens to a beautiful meadow. Lots of leaves already dead and falling. Probably good for colors for just a few more days.

8 months ago

10 months ago

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fabulous. My friend (17) and I (17) did this and took us approximately 5 hours to complete. Bring plenty of water as it is long and tiring but beautiful. We parked at Kriley Pond and headed our way up on the Blue Grouse Trail which lasted about a mile and turned onto the Mule Trail the whole way. You do have to pay for a park pass ($7)

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

We did a 6 mile loop, starting at Bootleg parking lot, headed up Coyote Trail which has great views of some 14ers on the way up. Once reaching the top, the trail goes through an easy slope down across a meadow filled with plenty of Aspen. Coyote meets Mule trail - we took a right and looped all the way back to our car. We were a bit early for wildflowers - they will be gorgeous in 2 weeks. Hummingbirds everywhere! They must have just arrived back and were zipping around like crazy, I've never seen so many in one area in my life. This trail is easy and covers a lot of different terrain so gives good variety. Would be great in the fall.

hiking
Friday, October 09, 2015

hiking
Monday, November 26, 2012

Golden Gate Canyon State Park may be Denver's best not-very-well-kept secret. Close to town and quite accessible featuring 36 miles of intersecting trails ranging from easy to moderate/difficult (with a tiny bit of scrambling on a couple), it's a great go-to destination for day trips when you want to get away but didn't plan enough in advance for a real trip into the mountains. You can always find something new in Golden Gate Canyon.

Families will appreciate the visitor center and the group of quick intersecting trails including a nature trail around the visitor's center and wildlife viewing. There is good trailrunning on the east, less-trafficked side of the park. Hikers and campers focus on the west and central valleys.