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Did about 4 miles of this this morning with a friend. Lots of mountain bikers out. Seems like a great trail. Loved the views. We plan on going back to complete the whole loop. My friend who I was with had family coming over for her sons bday party though so we had to only do what we could in the time we had.

hiking
16 days ago

Nearest to Lakewood folks, as long as you manage the initial incline the views from top are amazing. Lots of flowers around and peaceful.

So hard but so worth it!

hiking
23 days ago

The main trail up is wide open flat gravel and it’s quick change in elevation that’ll get your heart pumping. Up top is pretty cool flat open landscape with Denver to the east and foothills west and boulder flatirons north in a pretty cool location for table mountain. Lichen peak is a quick and cool detour off main loop that goes down close to the trailhead side and gets you back easy.

Pretty views and wildflowers. The beginning is the longest stretch of incline. Housing along the beginning of the trail also because it’s right in Golden. You can see Denver in the distance at the top

Great hike, well marked trails, awesome scenery. Challenging and fun!

Great loop trail to Windy Peak (which is very aptly named). Lots of signs to keep you on course. It’s a fairly steep hike but there is also plenty of shade. Be prepared to pay $7 due to Park fees. Was very low traffic for a Sunday. Also plenty of picnic tables are the trailhead to relax once you finish.

Nice long walk if you enjoy walking. Trail is very wide and nice views to the city. Bring a lot of water during summer.

I started around 9 am on a Wednesday. Very few other people were there. The trail was great because it was shaded. And the ups were often paired with downs/flats so it was easy to recover without stopping. I added the Windy Peak trail at the top for a total of 6.6 miles. I got back to my car around 11:30 am. Loved this hike!

I like how there are multiple trails in this area because it allows you to go on lots of different hikes. We did the Longhorn to Maverick trail and came back on the Mustang trail. It goes up pretty quickly in some areas. Expect snow at the top in mid April. Some people are assholes and didn't clean up after their dogs on the trail, which is why I gave 4 stars.

Difficult with easy patches, making it pleasant to keep going. Lots of options for alternative trails. Many beautiful views.

Nice well maintained trail. Weren’t a lot of people and had a nice view at the top. Wasn’t to challenging but all in all beautiful area and great day.

Great trail. Originally started off with the intent of doing just Burro Trail but decided to go up to Windy Peak. Climb up to the peak was still a bit messy / with a little snow but nothing terrible. Views at the top were amazing. Definitely worth going to see. Overall great hike with lots of challenging hills. Not a ton of people out. Bring cash ($7 for park pass).

The first incline is strenuous but the rest is not very difficult. Good views but I got tired of stopping to let bikes pass every couple minutes. Definitely won't be back.

hiking
3 months ago

The first incline is strenuous but the rest of the hike is nothing. View is pretty nice.

Great hike. Tough elevation gains but great views to reward you. A hike we will go back to for sure. Not too many people, trail was mostly dry with a little bit of mud and snow (no traction required). Don’t forget this is a Colorado state park and requires a day pass.

Gorgeous hike. Not too crowded. The trees aren’t too dense, so you get nice views along the way. Definitely worth the push to get to the peak, as the view is breathtaking. Took quite a long time to do the entire hike due to altitude gains.

The trail is decent, but honestly probably won't hike again unless I do the full North loop. Great proximity to Denver, so it was very busy, and the parking lot fills up quickly. I'd say go try it out for yourself on a sunny day if you're short on time. Sidenote, most of the mountain bikers were polite, but this trail does have a lot of bicycles and a few bad apples who will roll up on your six pretty quick without warning.

3-31-18 The trail is basically a service road that takes you up to an old small spot that was considered a quarry. Looks like quartz was mined for a short time, probably chasing a gold vein!
Super easy trail and maybe a good hike for kids in toe. Great views and nice to explore around the top/end of trail.

Great trail. I suggest taking the south trail head 1st to this loop (versus the north). Don't let the up portion scare you, it's short and after that... the trail is nothing but gravy!

ENJOY!

hiking
3 months ago

Good easy stroll. Parking lot full and many people, dogs and bikes on trails all around. Good view and vistas.

It’s close to denver and has great views. A nice trial
To hike when you just need to get outside in the afternoon.

Ok... First of all- My phone died after 12 mile mark and I was upset!! But I am glad I made it back to the parking lot since I went off trail 2x since I was not looking at the map sometime.

Second of all- It was nothing but muddy trails (60% of the trails were covered with mud!!) even 10 days past after the last snow and it has been warm days(Today was 57F). If you enjoy mud run/hike, do it! But if you don't want your awesome shoes to get filthy, don't do it! If it was not muddy, I was probably able to finish this trail before my phone died. :(

Third of all- When I went off the map, I didn't realize for about 10 minutes. Then I tried to go back to follow the map since my phone was dying and didn't want to go off the map, I had to go though a "closed" trail (didn't have a sign but had logs to block the trail, it seems) and once I started walking towards the map, the snow was getting deeper and deeper and I basically had to follow the map to make sure where I was going. Once my battery life showed 20%, I started to panic because I didn't see no human footsteps but some kind of large animal's. I ran as fast as I could, but since the snow was deep and didn't know where I was going, I almost started to think if my life is in danger. Then, I saw the "closed sign" and realized that this particular part of the trail was closed for the season.

Please make sure to follow the map or know which way to go, have enough snack and water and save your phone battery life until you're sure where your car is parked! Whew. It was such an adventurous hike(unexpected) though!

Good trail - we hiked it the first week of March and it had a good amount of snow and ice we had to hike through but not too bad even without a nice pair of hiking shoes. We got to see a moose! It did get a little confusing because there are three loops that intersect one another so if you take the wrong turn you have to back track but it was overall very enjoyable. We will be back in the spring!

The terrain varied all the way to the top (meadows, rocky crags, forest). Not much snow until last push to Windy Peak - where traction devices proved very useful. We took Mountain Like back (via Hidden Valley), which was gently downhill pretty much the entire way and gave us different scenery.

Did this trail on Thursday February 8th. There was hardly any snow or ice until the last .5 mile up to Windy Point. It was totally doable with a good pair of shoes. Nice hike, well maintained and marked.

I left my dog leash along the trail somewhere. I hope it finds a happy new home.

hiking
5 months ago

I wanted to get a hike in just in case the weather people are right and we get a storm Sunday. Not many people on the trail in the morning but more as the afternoon went on. Since it was a little cool, I was glad Windy Peak didn't live up to it's name. Mostly the trail was very steep, rocky and shady with some breaks of sunshine that warmed me up a bit. It was a beautiful day and a great work out. On the way back to the parking space I took a detour to Hidden Valley and the Tallman Ranch that was interesting.

Difficult straight-up hike at the beginning of the trail but lovely vistas at the top and sections of flat trail for recovery. We went early on a Sunday and the parking lot was full when we finished. Lots of mountain bikers but everyone was considerate.

Great hike! Has a good mix of elevations with beautiful views of Denver and the mountains. There are directional signs to keep you on the right path. Saw a coyote not far from the trail. A couple other times I’ve seen deer.

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