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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.

hiking
13 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.

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!!

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.

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

Great trail. Awesome views.

Of all the gulches on the front range this one is only a medium amount of gulchy

Good fun hike. Definitely can be made more challenging by other boot beaten paths that have been made.

I love this trail! I just wish people would realize that the “Dogs Must Be On Leash” signs do, in fact, apply to them and their dogs. Today I watched someone leash their dog to start because the maintenance person was in the parking lot, and then as soon as they got out of sight they unleashed the dog. If you know what you’re doing is wrong, why are you still doing it?

This is a nice, close-to-Denver hike. I’ve done it a half dozen times at different times of year and it’s definitely best when it’s not scorching hot. There are some beautiful views (even a glimpse of Mt. Evans) , a bit of rock scrambling, a section of forest cover, and I’ve never seen it crowded.

Love this trail. Forest provides great shade in the summer. Not too crowded but you do need to watch out for bikes (and vice versa) as visibility isn’t great in some areas.

trail running
1 month ago

Took me 3 hours 48 min. I ran ~4 miles and hiked the rest. Good views at beginning and end. Middle chunk gets a little bland.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed it very much

Enjoyed it with kids, about 2,5 hours up/loop/down! Very nice place!

I think this is the Mesa featured in on the vintage Coors beer cans. The trail features a lovely view of Golden, Colorado and the surrounding areas.

road biking
1 month ago

When I first moved to Colorado 4 years ago, I rode from Westminster to Golden in the first week. I remember entering this trail and cruising toward the mountain on it, in and out of the trees, and just being in awe of this state's natural beauty, even in the city areas.

It was a fun loop. Nothing extremely notable though. Like other reviews have said, I think it was worth doing this once, yet I'm not rushing to want to go back.

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