Golden Gate State Park - Trail, Golden, Colorado

Golden Gate State Park - Trail, Golden, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

This is a network of trails. The Trails are very well marked in a map, and in the park. You can do short loop rides, longer out and back, or combine almost all the network of trails and make a great 30 mile day. Mostly Single track, some Double track. This is no "Hardtail" or "Downnill" specific trail system. Take your endurance full travel bike and have a ball. Some trails are very technical.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 02, 2010]
Penny
Cross Country Rider

I rode up Blue Grouse and Mule Deer from Kriley Pond. Both trails are decent with some technical sections on a couple corners. After Frazer Meadow, Mule Deer turned into an aweful fireroad full of kitty litter and loose rock. It's a fireroad for a couple miles down to Snowshoe Hare. Snowshoe Hare looked like it was going to be fun for the first .75 mile but then it turned into a climb full of loose rock. NOT FUN! Finally, I got to Rifleman campground and quickly blew my vert on a loose fireroad. I made a left onto Mountain Lion and started climbing again. This climb was ok in spots and too technical in others. Unfortunately, most of the tech is just after a switchback which makes it even tougher. Then I began the decent on Mountain Lion. Being a former DHer, I actually enjoyed it...it is technical, not fast or flowy. To finish I made right onto Burro and had to do a couple hike-a-bikes before descending for maybe 1 mile on real trail. Overall, the Mountain Lion descent was fun, but the rest of the trails were nothing special at all unless you enjoy loose sand,loose rock, and fireroad.

Customer Service

Go somewhere else.

Similar Products Used:

White Ranch, Apex, Buffalo Creek

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 07, 2007]
stillfat
Cross Country Rider

A fun trail, no doubt. Great scenery, very uncrowded. The climb is tough, but not too long. The challenge is in the very steep and often loose sections of the uphill. Mere mortals like myself will walk a few times.

The downhill is great, but a bit frustrating. The top is very technical/steep and all rideable - big fun. Then the creek section. I guess if you had this section well-memorized, it would be better but it's VERY tight and very blind through the trees along the creek bottom - tough when you're riding downhill through technical madness. Opening it up and letting it go on this section has a definite injury factor. In other words, unless you know this section well, take it slow. I tried counter-clockwise once, wouldn't do it again.

Customer Service

Clockwise

Similar Products Used:

White Ranch, Apex, etc., etc.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 22, 2007]
downhillbomber
Cross Country Rider

I've been doing this ride every year since I've been mountain biking including races and it is definitely in my top 5, at least in the front range. However , I rode it this past week alone and I think the Mountain Lion actually attacked me. Slamming into tress, endo's, I got to my car a sore puppy.
Basically what I'm trying to say is DON'T DO THIS RIDE ALONE!!!! Especially on a week day. There are not many people (hikers or bikers) on the trail and there are some very technical sections especially on the back side. With the disclaimer said I will continue with my review.

I've done both trails in Golden Gate and the two are pretty much complete opposites. This review is for the Mountain Lion Trail. There's a little bit of everything on this trail. The front side, starting at the parking lot, begins with a strenuous 2 mile climb. Includes some loose rocky sections and some switchbacks that will challenge your endurance. But once you get to the summit you are in for a real treat. It begins with a steep technical switchback downhill, several sections requiring one to get behind the saddle. Now that your hands are warmed up begin a steady downhill that has nearly 10 stream crossings. Large , sharp rocks will test your technical skills (especially if it's rained in the last 12 hours). The scenery is beautiful but unfortunately there is not much chance to admire it since you will need to focus on the trail the entire time. After several miles of this terrain the trail will become more wide open. Make the right at the large stream crossing and begin climbing up a fire road. 1-2 miles of steady climbing and then descend into another parking lot. To shorten the ride turn right before the fence and head up the other fire road to the mule trail. 1 mile to a junction you crossed on the initial climb, turn left and head back to the car. If you want a bit longer ride head straight through the parking lot and continue on the single track. Lots of stingers and a couple hike a bikes will take you back to the initial climb again.

After 7 years I still haven't cleared this ride and it still tests

Customer Service

Clockwise starting at the Bridge Creek trailhead. Take Burro Trail to the fork and turn left up the Mountain Lion Trail towards Forgotten Valley. Around the back side to Nott Creek. Up the service road to Burro trail again, back to the fork, left down burro back to the Bridge Creek trailhead

Similar Products Used:

Blue Grouse to Mule deer, Raccoon loop and down Elk (other ride in Golden Gate). Chimney Gulch, Apex, Dakota Ridge/ Matthews Winters

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 14, 2006]
arnolda14
Cross Country Rider

This trail has a wonderfully wild feel to it, which translates into lots of tight, rocky sections and plenty of obstacles to keep you occupied. Brian is right in that there aren't any extended speed sections. Don't be surprised if your wrists are a little sore and your brakes are a little hot when you get back to your car. You might also have a few tire marks on your arse. The wildflowers along the section of Nott Creek where it levels out a bit are brilliant in the early summer if we're getting enough rain. Ya' gotta love this trail!

Customer Service

Clockwise on the Mountain Lion.

Similar Products Used:

White Ranch, Matthews Winters, Elk Meadow.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 12, 2006]
Jutt77
Weekend Warrior

Does it get much better than Mt. Lion? I haven't had a chance to ride the other trails at GG but Mt. Lion is hard to beat. The DH section on the backside of Windy Peak makes the rocky sections on Apex seem like a sidewalk...not too technical but a lot less manicured then the other Front Range trails (Apex, Hall, Walker, etc.) . No crowds, nice trail, I usually ride this every saturday morning.

Customer Service

Mt Lion clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Apex, Hall, Walker, Evergreen

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 16, 2006]
rmalling
Cross Country Rider

The west side of the park is great!!! Well mainted trails, easy to follow. Ride the Elk and Mule Deer trails in a counterclockise direction. This gives you a fast downhill down Elk and fun climb up Mule Deer. Raccoon trail up top behind Reverend's Ridge campground can be done before heading down Elk. All in all, a nice ride in forest with little people to get in your way.

Customer Service

Park at Kriley pond. Climb up "Blue Grouse" from Kriley pond, climb up "Mule Deer", quick up and down ride through "Raccoon" over to "Elk", fast a hell down "Elk", back down "Blue Grouse" to pond and your car.

Similar Products Used:

Maybe the East side of the park, I heard Mountain Lion is fun.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 09, 2004]
Dudey
Cross Country Rider

Wow!!! I tried to ride the Mtn Lion trail counter clockwise against everyones advice. It is a hike-a-bike. The downhill up to and after the forgotten valley was incredible. Although I would much rather ride that climb instead of the rock strewn climb starting by dear creek. With that said the trail system is extremely well marked and the area is beautiful. I only saw one person and that was my reflection in the streams while I was hiking over them. I will be returning shortly. It is very nice to find some wooded trails not too far from denver.

Customer Service

If riding the Mtn Lion loop, only ride it counter clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Maxwell falls in Evergreen area, also has a few ups and downs instead of everyother front range ride that is straight up then straight down.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 02, 2004]
Brian 2
Cross Country Rider

Cudos to Colorado State Parks. The Burro/Mountain Lion trail clockwise is a great challenging but fair combination. Went on a Sunday afternoon and encountered only two riders/hikers during the entire ride. Very well maintained/marked and some great views. Loaded with Good Hearty climbs and some very technical downhill sections through a very dense and dark forest and along a creek(multiple crossings required). In my opinion there are no speed sections so those craving a long downhill run would be disappointed. Will definately go back. Worth the $5 park pass.

Customer Service

Clockwise. Park at bridge creek road. Take burro which hooks up with Mountain Lion. Take mountain lion up and around windy point and then downhill along the creek. Reconnect with Burro at the creek to head back to the car(uphill most of the way back to car).

Similar Products Used:

Hey, moving to Colorado from Illinois, their all good. Just enjoy yourself and be respectful to other trail users.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 04, 2003]
palivacinni
Weekend Warrior

Umm, OK so this place rocks. I've only ridden the west side loop from Kriley Pond (Blue Grouse, Mule Deer, Elk, Raccoon trails) but done it several times. Today I went counter-clockwise for the first time. Here's the goods: After riding up the nice Blue Grouse, go right and the Mule Deer trail has been rerouted away from the crappy, loose, steep hill from years before. This now goes up on some high-quality singletrack at a more manageable pitch with some tough switchbacks. When you get back near the campsites, it gets confusing because the signs all say no bikes. We ended up poaching some hiking trails to get back to Mule Deer but I realized later that if we took a left, we would have got back to Mule Deer almost right away. Mule Deer here goes up past a beautiful valley. Some loose rock climbs and then a long, rocky doubletrack descent and another climb bring you to a decision point. The Mule Deer singletrack left is very technical and difficult or you can ride up Gap Rd. I went the singletrack. You probably will walk on this some but the downhill section is worth it so don't chicken out. When this section ends, you intersect Gap Rd. Cross to the Panorama Point deck where all the gapers are. Go around this and descend on the Raccoon trail (I haven't done the long way of this trail). Climb back up to Gap Rd and cross. Here is the money part of this ride. Descend on the Elk trail through gorgeous open meadows. This is one of the most fun sections of singletracks ever. Very smooth, short but very sweet. The aspens today were gorgeous. The upper part of the Elk trail has some sketchy washed out sections. Cross the pavement climb back to Blue Grouse and take the fun, fast downhill to your car. Few people here (it's $5 per car and you drive past White Ranch to get there, maybe that explains it) but this place is very fun and the scenery is great. Enjoy!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 11, 2003]
Mike from Golden
Cross Country Rider

Basically there are two loops - Mountain Lion on the east side of the park (in Jeffco) and Mule Deer/Elk/etc on the west side (Gilipin County). I tried joining the Mule Deer loop with the Mountain Lion loop this past weekend but stopped a couple miles after Dude's Fishing Hole as I realized it would be a fairly time consuming endeavor. The trail that links these two loops is not the most bike friendly at points - loose rock steeps in both directions. If doing the west side loop (Mule Deer) I suggest starting from Kriley Pond, as that is the lowest elevation point on this loop, and riding counterclockwise. That way you can start off climbing and end your ride with a great true-singletrack downhill starting - for the most part - at the panorama point. They recently rerouted the Mule Deer trail shortly after it intersects with Blue Grouse to make it a much more biker friendly trail. A little confusing when you meet up with the other trails at the top as they haven't changed the signage and you are looking at a three way intersection that says no bikes in every direction (?) just take the trail that says it is a quarter mile back to Mule Deer. The Mountain Lion loop really needs to be ridden clockwise from Nott Creek in my opinion. Otherwise the technical section that follows deer creek back down to the parking lot is a b%#ch. Hard enough going down it, nearly impossible to climb. This is a great loop starting with a good climb up to forgotten valley which is a good place to take a break before tackling the stretch up to Windy Peak. Mainly a technical downhill from there back to the parking lot. Both loops are great rides with few people (in my experiences) and awesome views. A couple great ride if you want to get off the Jeffco open space trails and away from the crowds. You get that feeling of riding in the high mountains while only driving about a half hour from Golden.

Similar Products Used:

Jefco open space trails, Walker Ranch,...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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