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Burro Trail at Golden Gate Canyon State Park

  • ★★★
  • 6.4 miles round trip (loop)
  • Elevation gain: 1,302 feet
  • 2-3 hours
  • Moderately strenuous
  • Sweeping forest views, meadows, a tall peak

Distance from Denver: 50 minutes


Parking: $7 (be sure to pay at the park entrance before heading to the trailhead)

Golden Gate Canyon State Park has a variety of hikes and this trail takes you through one of the most beautiful pockets of the park. Expect to walk through peaceful meadows, pine forest, and eventually the top of a mountain peak that provides wide views of the surrounding canyons and even the Front Range cities.

Park at a small lot at Bridge Creek Trailhead on Drew Hill Road. Take the trail uphill, continuing to follow signs for the Burro Trail until making a left when you reach a junction of two Burro Trails. Make another left on the Burro Trail and follow signs to the Windy Peak trail, which will take you to the top of the peak and is a great place to relax on some boulders and enjoy the views.

Take the Windy Trail back down, make a right on the Burro Trail, and this time take the left fork of the Burro Trail and follow Burro signs all the way back to the trailhead. Toward the end, you’ll walk through some dense aspen forest in one of the most tranquil portions of the hike.

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