Golden Gate Canyon State Park

3.92 out of 5
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↑ 5,800 ft
↓ 6,500 ft
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About this trail
We rode Blue Grouse then took a right on Mule Deer some nice singletrack and kinda technical. You'll eventually get to some campsites just follow the signs for Mule Deer, from here go up the valley..soo nice with a little climb..then descend down a loose rocky douletrack. Keep climbing to the Panorama Point its pretty cool up there, I guess there are some views up here..but the day we rode (5-29-05) it rained off and on all we'll be back. No real long downhills but it is alot of fun getting back to your car if you parked at Kirley Pond. $5 a car is well worth it..hardly anyone there!!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (21)


September 20, 2016
Review: Such a pretty trail great views and excellently marked

Granny Gear

June 27, 2014
geoff4444 Granny Gear  
Review: Had a blast doing the Mountain Lion Loop clockwise. Fun semi-tech uphill, then super rocky tech downhill over, stumps, logs and the stream. About 1200 ft elevation gain.

Similar Trail: 401 Crested Butte


August 22, 2013
Review: This was a LOT more remote and had a LOT more climbing than I originally thought. I could not tell you what trails I rode in this system (trying to keep up with a faster group) but it had long technical climbs followed by wicked, rocky, twisty and steep downhills, followed by several log/river crossings....followed by a lot more climbing. Rode about 3 hours, finished in the dark, and had a blast.

Similar Trail: Bergen Peak

Bunny Hop

July 27, 2013
uvaggio Bunny Hop  
Review: 50% of this trail is great, however your bike will take a beating on the other 50%. I clear almost any obstacle in Colorado and this trail is not rideable in some sections. I had a great day on it, but there is some much better riding in Colorado. It


June 8, 2013
gregval Gnarly  
Review: We started at the Ole Barn Knoll parking lot. Up Elk Trail to the Raccoon Trail to Panorama Pt. The Elk Trail was a nice singletrack, mostly smooth, only a few steeper sections. Raccoon Trail went down at first, then up and rocky, not very rideable. You may want to take the road from the end of Elk Tr to Panorama Pt. We then took the road down about a mile, and then connected back into the Mule Deer Tr. This upper Mule Deer Tr has been turned into a logging road, where the park service did some tree clearing. Lower down Mule Deer Tr went back to a nice singletrack, and pretty flat. Lower down, Mule Deer Tr went down steeper and rockier. Then back up a nice singletrack to the parking lot. About 8.5 miles.
This is probably the best loop for rideability; much of the trails in this park are steep and rocky.

June 8, 2013
Review: Did a clockwise loop, starting at the Ole Barn Noll parking lot, then up the Elk Trail to Panorama Point, then back down on Mule Deer Trail.
Elk Trail is a nice singletrack climb, smooth, a few steeper sections, but nice and rideable. The Raccoon Trail, at the top, is largely unrideable, so you may want to get on the road up to Panorama Pt. We then road down the road, to connect back into the Mule Deer Trail. The upper parts have been converted to a logging road; they've done some clearing up there. The trail gets back to nice singletrack lower down and is very nice for about a mile. Then goes downhill a bit steeper, with more rocks in the trail. Then a nice singletrack back to the parking.
I think this is the best loop to ride; much of the other trails are very steep and rocky.


September 16, 2012
dzpd23 Poseur  
Review: The campground here was fantastic. 9,300ft. I did not do the whole trail. I basically rode from the campground down to the lake. Great views. Very fast downhill made more exciting by the kamikaze ground squirrels. I can't believe I didn't run any over! There was one section that I could not climb. The slope and gravel were too much but the giant switchbacks were worth it. I'd like to return here.

Similar Trail: 401 with smaller views

Granny Gear

July 10, 2011
hitek79 Granny Gear  
Review: The Snowshoe Hare trail is rated as difficult by the parks department, and I would say that's an accurate rating. The trail is very rocky and rooty, with some extended climbs, and if you don't clear some obstacles expect to have to push your bike a bit to a flat spot to get restarted. There is nothing on the trail that is unrideable, but it will test even an advanced rider's skills. The key to having the most fun on this trail IMO is to park at the Rifleman parking lot, and ride this loop CLOCKWISE. This gives you the most downhill on singletrack, with a .5 mile very steep climb on a dirt road. The Hare trail meets up with a couple of other trails so it's easy to get some larger rides in. If you add in the Mountain Lion trail, it is best ridden clockwise as well. I rode this trail on a perfect July Sunday and saw 1 biker, and 3 hikers. The scenery is very lush and more like a ride you would find much deeper in to the mountains. I highly recommend it if you want to ditch the typical Front Range crowds.


March 14, 2011
Review: This trail has it all: steep climbing that goes from fireroad to singletrack and tops out at 8,000 feet, narrow, rocky rooty descents, creek crossings, and then more singletrack and fireroad on the way out. This is a prety tough trail both aerobically and technically. If you're a very technical rider, you will love it, if you're an intermediate rider, go for it and it will build your skills. Note, you will need a parks pass to get to the trailhead, or you can buy a day pass at the trailhead.


October 3, 2010
stillfat Gnarly  
Review: I just rode the Mountain Lion again (clockwise) for the first time in a few years and, maybe I'm just getting older, but it was pretty much a bloodbath. The climb was steep and very loose, and that's the easy part. The beginning of the descent switchbacks tightly and very steeply through boulders, roots and ledges, and you're still not to the hard part. Next is a sustained downhill along and through the creek with lots of steep, jagged granite, stumps and frequent sharp turns through the most technical sections. What makes it tough is that it's always blind - you can never see more than 10-15 feet ahead of you. You're rewarded for your effort with a final, granny gear, mile long climb up a sandy doubletrack.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park MTB Trail 3.92 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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