A Trail Guide for Golden Gate Canyon State Park


Colorado is the perfect destination for both glamping and backpacking, however, it is also a place with natural spots that can be rediscovered over and over again.

In the beautiful landscape of this country, you will find the Golden Gate Canyon State Park, just an hour away from Denver and Boulder.

The Golden Gate Canyon is one of the most appealing and easy-to-reach state parks where locals and tourists enjoy hiking on a variety of trails.

Check out our list of mountain trails in the Golden Gate Canyon State Park!

View from a Grand Canyon trail/ Photo by Pexels

Mountain Lion Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 6.9 miles

This trail is the top choice of many hikers as it is not very difficult and yet full of adventures.

The tall trees provide cozy shadows during hot days and just after one point of the trail you can end up by Deer Creek.

Relaxed hiking/ Photo by Pixabay


Snowshoe Hare Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 2.8 miles

Snowshoe Hare Trail offers a moderate hike that includes both ascending and descending parts, starting from the Aspen Meadows Campground.

One of the best things about this trail is that it leads to the Dude’s Fishing Hole, so think about bringing your fishing rod if you’re ready to catch your dinner.

A mountain lake/ Photo by Pixabay

Racoon Trail

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Distance: 2.5 miles

The Racoon Trail starts at the Panorama Point parking and it is highlighted as a great option for hiking rookies or family strolls.

Mountain bikers also enjoy this trail often as it is one of the central and most accessible places in the Campground of Reverend’s Ridge.

Friendly hiking in the forest/ Photo by Pixabay

Horseshoe Trail

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Distance: 1.8 miles

This is an extra easy-moderate trail in this selection.

The Horseshoe Trail can be either taken into a loop or it can serve as a conjunction trail.

We recommend you to follow the streams that will accompany you down the path and spend at least a night of backcountry camping in the lush flowery fields around you.

A flowery field at Horseshoe Trail/ Photo by Pixabay

Mule Deer Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 1.9 miles

The Mule Deer Trail is the most popular trail in Golden Gate Canyon as it offers everything that a hiker can dream of- breathtaking alpine scenery, panoramic views, gracious pine forests…

It is worth mentioning that this one is also a high trail, at 9.500 feet above sea level, so you might need a bit of extra stamina to complete it, though the views are definitely an award for the effort!

View from Mule Deer Trail/ Photo by Pixabay

Black Bear Trail

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Distance: 2.5 miles

Don’t let the miles fool you, as the Black Bear Trail is a challenging one.

The greatest part of the trail is composed of a steep incline that leads to rocky terrains.

This trail can be hiked separately or to connect you to Mule Deer Trail that intersects with its end.

View over the hill/ Photo by Pixabay

Burro Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 4.1 miles

This is a much-favored track that passes through a great number of fields nestled between rock formations.

If you go here in spring or summer you will encounter magical scenery full of wildflowers, while the autumn offers golden shades of yellow.

If you take the divergent path in the middle of the track, you will end up at Windy Peak where you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view.

A panoramic view/ Photo by Pixabay

Coyote Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 2.1 miles

The Coyote Trail takes hikers on a walk through an aspen grove, though it sets a challenge at the beginning- you may need to sweat a bit while passing through rocks, however, it is really worth it!

On another note, you may get and connect to the Coyote Trail through the Mule Deer Trail.

Walk in the forest/ Photo by Pixabay

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