“Enjoy lovely singletrack, lots of aspens, and a steep climb up Coyote Trail on this loop through Golden Gate.”
— Sarah E
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views
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 Boot
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.