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hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike in the snow on Monday. Be careful about the route. Belcher hill trail itself is only a section of the loop indicated. You have to connect to mustang trail which loops back to the belcher Hill trail. If you make the mistake of staying on Belcher Hill trail, you will end of taking yourself far away from the parking lot and will need to turn around for a steep climb to get back on track. Also take note that the beginning of the loop begins on the opposite side of the road as the parking lot, although you will see signs for Belcher Hill trail on that parking lot side as it continues that way as well. The scenery is gorgeous, although my experience was one with limited visibility due to the snowfall. The trip took me about 2.5 hours.

hiking
3 days ago

This remains our "go to" hike close to Denver. We take Mountain Lion to Windy Peak and back down using Burro. This makes for a very nice 6.5 mile hike. Mountain Lion is a forest hike that follows a nice stream most of the way which was frozen over at this time. There is a tough push for almost a mile to get to the top of Windy Peak but the views are worth it.

Perfect short trail with low traffic.

Started from the bottom and it was more beautiful than even the pictures I took. Highly recommend this trail! Beautiful views of Denver in the distance and just incredible landscape.

great time to hike.

Great hike. Decent work out. Dog friendly! Great view of downtown Denver and the mountains.

Led a meetup group around this trail 1/13/18. Really great trail for most beginners because of its moderate incline and relatively short distance.
It's been a warm, dry winter, and there was no snow on trail.

Not really a hike but a really awesome afternoon walk. There are a lot of mountain bikers and trail runners. Cool views!

hiking
6 days ago

Nice quiet hike. Park at Slough Pond. You have to pay a daily parks pass ($7). Trail conditions today were really good, only a few snowy/icy spots.

This might be my new favorite hike in the area. So close, but you follow a creek through trees and meadows, passing over bridges every now and then. No spectacular views or anything, but if you want to get outside without a long drive, it's a great option. The creek is frozen right now, so a few spots can get pretty icy, just to be aware.

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!

This trail is closed until 01-31-18 for hunting (only reason I gave a 3). We drove up wondering why no cars were in lot, grabbed out backpacks and got ready to hit it only to walk up to a sign that said closed untill 01-31-18. Just want everyone to know before wasting gas to get there.

hiking
10 days ago

It was a beautiful day to hike and the trail was very nice. Not too many people, more MTB than hikers but they were very courteous.
We did some geocaching along the route and had a lovely day.

Beautiful! Must Go.

Loved the variation of the hike between the beautiful forest and the views of town. Highly recommend. The weather was mild but be warned of the icy patches throughout the hike, especially in the woods. We wore microspikes and were glad to have them, even if they were annoying to take on and off between the icy and dry trail areas. Would recommend bringing some type of traction device and a layer as you transition between sunny/exposed and shaded/trees.

Pretty, forested hike! Starting out with much descent, you know you’re gonna have to climb later, but even on a Sunday midday felt like I had the trail mostly to myself. So, the ascent was worth it :) Wear good hiking shoes and long pants so the parts with brush don’t scratch your legs.

Every time I’m at Golden Gate it seems to be windy. This is the best trail so far to stay out of the wind!

There were icy patches but nothing you can’t do in regular hiking boots without crampons. Lots of kids and dogs on the trail. Also don’t park on the road we got a $25 ticket.

Great forest hike. Downhill first, uphill for the rest. Finished it in two hours or so.

Icy trail this time of the year. Parking is limited. Nice views, a lot of foot traffic with people so you aren't too remote if anything happens. Only two areas with big rocks that were a bit confusing to navigate to make sure you were in trail but it wasn't too hard to stay on the path.

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