Windy Peak via Mountain Lion and Burro Trail Loop

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Windy Peak via Mountain Lion and Burro Trail Loop is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.2 miElevation gain1,765 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingRunningForestViewsWildlifeFee
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park charges a fee to enter. There is an entrance fee per vehicle or per person for any non-vehicle entry. An annual pass is also available. Please see the park page for current fee information.

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Joseph Piniazkiewicz
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HikingFeeIcySnow

Incredible hike, bring spikes

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Katie Elizabeth
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Katharine Moustakes
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HikingFeeSnow

Still pretty snowy. Used spikes for about 85% of the trail. Loved that it was a quiet trail. Great views at the top!

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Maria Voskresenskaya
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Hiking

Wonderful trail through nice forest with spectacular views.

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Alison Schmidt-Tieszen
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Colin Tomkins-Bergh
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gorgeous trail. nice mix of forests and vistas.

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Maggie Peeke
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HikingFeeGreat!Snow

Hiked Burro to Windy Peak and then came down Mountain Lion and I highly recommend that route. There were some steep parts, but beautiful on a sunny day. There were two big trees that had just fallen in the beginning, but it wasn't difficult to hike around or climb over them. Hiked it 1/22 and I highly recommend spikes. The trail was fun, not crowded (although some hunters out and about) and well marked, took a little less than 3 hours total.

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Steve Dadmun
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow
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Ashley Castaldo
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Two downed trees blocking Burro Trail; had to take a few minutes to completely go around each

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Jordan Bullard
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HikingFeeRockySnow

Went counter clockwise - Burro Trail first - and glad we did. Couldn’t have been much warmer than 30 degrees and Windy Peak lived up to its name today. Burro Trail is definitely challenging going up, but it was nice to have a relatively easy decent in Mountain Lion, sheltered from the wind, on the way down. Definitely snowy and icy in parts, micro spikes were put to good use. Clocked in at 6.6 miles on my Garmin.

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Caroline Croessmann
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We took the mountain lion trail up to windy peak then the burro trail back down and clocked about 7 miles. I think this is more of a moderate trail but a good workout and great views when you get up to windy peak.

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Kerrington Brown
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HikingFeeGreat!

Loved this trail, arrived around 11am and had no trouble finding parking. There is a $9 fee to park. Decently tough hike on the way up, really easy on the way down. We took burro up and mountain lion down I think it may have been easier to do it the other way. The view at the up of windy peak is stunning. I clocked this on my Apple Watch as closer to 7 miles. Wasn’t very crowded and the dogs really enjoyed this one.

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Matheus Ferreira
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail, but very rocky terrain. Wear good shoes.

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Michael Finnie
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Good hike. Recommend starting counterclockwise and working your way to Windy Peak (via Mountain Lion Trail). But instead of going all the way through the loop, go back the way you came. Just our preference since the loop from the peak back is uneventful. We just walked on a dirt road out in the open pretty much most of the way back. The trail up was so much more fun.

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Sam Grayck
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HikingRockySnow

Really beautiful hike with a lot of steep stretches; I did it counter-clockwise starting with Burro trail and was very happy to hit the rocky, snowy, variable side first. Stunning views from the top and a relatively easy descent down the Mountain Lion trail side. Snowy for the top mile/in wooded areas, but no muddy sections at the transition.

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