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Golden Gate State Park

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

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.
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Latitude
39.85072092501597
Longitude
-105.40557861328125
Trail Directions
Take Golden Gate Canyon Rd. 15 miles from Golden. Several options for trail head starts. Check with the Visitor Center for maps and info.
Trail Length
~35 to 40 miles total
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Golden
   


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Review Date
September 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Penny ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Go somewhere else.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Ranch, Apex, Buffalo Creek



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Review Date
October 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: stillfat ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Ranch, Apex, etc., etc.



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Review Date
August 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: downhillbomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue Grouse to Mule deer, Raccoon loop and down Elk (other ride in Golden Gate). Chimney Gulch, Apex, Dakota Ridge/ Matthews Winters



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Review Date
August 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: arnolda14 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
Clockwise on the Mountain Lion.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Ranch, Matthews Winters, Elk Meadow.



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Review Date
June 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jutt77 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Mt Lion clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Apex, Hall, Walker, Evergreen



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