Hike through aspen groves and open meadows, while following along seasonal streams. Access to backcountry camping, as well.

This intermediate hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is an attraction across seasons – in fall the aspens show beautiful colors, while in spring and and summer wildflowers bloom along the trail.

You can also reach three backcountry camping sites via access trails off of Horseshoe. Come early to take advantage of limited parking at the trailhead.

Photo Credit: Ryan-o

Pack List

  • Colorado State Park Pass
  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Camping gear
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RT Distance 3.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 910 Feet
Activities Camping, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Great Views But...

I did this hike during the fall and it was beautiful! The aspens were very colorful. The only down side is you have to pay to get into the park and the rangers aren't very nice.

This is a great trail to connect with others for a long run in the park.


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