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Loved this hike! Lots of scenery changes from open valleys to bridge crossings over the frozen creek in the woods to a lovely view at windy peak (it lived up to it's name). Definitely coming back again.

Great hike! Nice views of Golden and Denver. Some icy patches so be careful but you don’t need snow shoes yet. Some tight and rocky spots, easy hike close but not too close to the city.

3 days ago

The incline gets pretty steep, but it's definitely manageable. My friends and I enjoy going about 1 hr before it gets dark because at the top there's a beautiful overlook of Denver's city lights

Very easy, beautiful scenery, and a popular trail for all ages. Sometimes you even see deer or other little critters.
I highly recommend this trail!

3 days ago

Did this two days ago and didn’t encounter another person the whole way. It’s a good workout. You definitely need Yak Trax or spikes. There was a decent amount of snow in parts and some ice.

9 days ago

I hiked on this on Saturday morning. I brought my spikes but didn't end up using them. There were a few slick spots but nothing major. I agree with the previous reviewer that counterclockwise is the way to go to avoid a steep decent. This hike goes through a very pretty forest. I wish I had read the previous review prior to my hike to find out about the trailhead change. I ended up asking a ranger to find out that you need to access the trail from Slough Pond.

Great trail. You really don't feel like you're gaining as much elevation as you are. The views are amazing. The only negative is the ack of parking spaces.

Easy hike close to the city.

16 days ago

Beautiful views. Great trail for a quick (2.5) hike, close to Denver, easy ride to get there. Not a lot of traffic on the trail which was great for our first visit here.

Lots of ice on Apex and Enchanted Forest Trail, so take your spikes!!!

Took the the mutt for a relatively quick hike near home (Boulder). Definitely a nice way to spend a sunny November afternoon. My dog's kind of lazy so it was just enough to tire her out. The views of the front range from the top are pretty cool. It's a steep ascent for the first twenty minutes or so but after that it levels out and you're essentially hiking on the top of the mesa.We didn't do the whole loop so it may vary more further up the trail. A good spot if you're looking for something close to home.Lots of bikes.

Easy stroll that only took an hour. Light snow, little mud, and beautiful colors. No need for spikes yet

Nice trail-pretty views! A little icy though when we went.

Hiked on Wednesday afternoon. Stellar hike and beautiful views throughout!

It was super windy when we went and that made parts of this loop SUPER cold. It was 44 degrees, shorts and hoodie weather but I'm thankful I had my knit hat because while the initial push to the trailhead was exhausting and I had to take layers off I quickly found myself putting them back on once we got into the woods with that wind.

What would have made this trail more interesting is that all the way up to the official trail loop it is all just ugly housing that you see off the mountain, but the loop itself is mostly in the forest and that part is gorgeous.

If you wonder if taking the Bonanza shortcut is worth it, I would say not because if you take the loop from left around (as we did) then the return loop is side-mountain and easy walking so the Bonanza doesn't take much off.

Great hike! Steady incline until you get to City Lights Trail, then it gets quite a bit steeper. Icy in parts because of shade coverage. Out of all the hikes I’ve done in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, this one by far had the best views! Great for a short hike with a good workout and view!

Great trail. Moderate traffic. No bikes when we did it. Easy access. Awesome views.

Pretty trail but a bit crowded and narrow. Lots of bikers so pay attention.

The north side of the trail is pretty icy and slippery right now, but overall fun trail

Slightly steep elevation in middle but overall easy!

I love this trail!! So scenic once you make it to the top..even saw a mother carry her small child to the top. YOU CAN DO IT!!

Great hike! You definitely won't have crazy views of the mountains as a lot of the reviews below point out, but you will still definitely get your nature fix. Microspikes helped a lot as some parts were both steep and icy. Not a great trail for dogs because of how steep it gets in spots.

Nice trail close to the city with great views of Red Rocks and surrounding areas. Some parts of trail are snow covered.

Fairly easy trail with some great views of Golden, Coors plant, and Denver. Lots of interesting rock outcroppings and formations. Also lots of great places to take pictures.

When we went (11-15-2018) there was a fair amount of snow and ice on the trail. The trail is obvious and we had no problem navigating the ice and snow with just our hiking boots.

If you're looking for something to hike in winter without dealing with unknown conditions in RMNP, this is a good alternative.

While there is nothing spectacular about this trail it was a good one to do during a decent snow. The trail was still fairly easy to follow even though no on had been on it since the snow. Keep in mind that no matter which direction you go, you end the hike going up. This hike is mostly through forest and follows the stream in many areas. I would not recommend this one for little kids. There are a few spots with steep drop offs from the trail. With easy access to Denver, this is a good hike if you want to get out in the woods and need something close.

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29 days ago

Easy hike worth your time.

Nice relatively easy hiking trail with several views that over look Golden.

Did this hike 11/10 and it was a pretty quiet trail. I enjoyed the hike but the one negative was that there aren’t many good views of the mountains. It was still nice to get out and be by the water which was frozen over in some parts. Overall I recommend doing this trail for sure

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