While there are many ways to link trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, this loop provides some of the best views of the Continental Divide while immersing runners in a sea of aspens.
Beginning at the Ole Barn Knoll parking area, follow the Mule Deer Trail
heading north. At the first junction, turn right towards Coyote Trail
, following this across the road and the Bootleg Bottom parking area. Follow the trail up about a mile of rocky switchbacks to a gorgeous westerly view at the top! Continue along Coyote Trail
, meeting up with Mule Deer Trail
again, all on great dirt/sandy singletrack through aspens and a few small meadows. At about 4.5 miles in, there is an option for the main (lower) Mule Deer Trail
or the Mule Deer Trail - Alternate
. This loop takes the alternate through slighty rocky terrain, but both lead back to the parking area to complete the loop.