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An up and down romp through all that Golden Gate has to offer.

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9,506' 2,897 m


7,629' 2,325 m


7,138' 2,176 m


7,145' 2,178 m



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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

If you don't have a state park pass, be sure to bring cash for the visit. $9 per vehicle as of 2020. You can pay after hours when the visitor center is closed just outside the front entrance (before turning into the visitor center)


A great 50K race that will test your lungs and your legs.


Start at the Red Barn Picnic area. Run up the dirt road toward, heading toward the Mountain Lion; take a right and continue until the Buffalo Trail, on your right.

Climb Buffalo (doubletrack dirt road). Turn left at the gate and head to the west end of the Rifleman Phillips campground towards the bathrooms. Shortly after the bathrooms, head straight on a faint trail. Do NOT take the more distinguished path to the left. Follow this trail that goes down to Dudes Fishing Hole and take a hard right at the bottom of the hill onto Snowshoe Hare. If you cross the stream across the road you have gone too far.

Continue until taking a right on Mule Deer Trail, which then takes an immediate left on the Snowshoe Connector Trail. It's easy to miss this connector. Take your next right on Mule Deer. Continue until eventually crossing Gap Road, at which point you'll be on Racoon Trail. Take a right at the next junction to loop around the outer Racoon Trail. Raccoon will eventually lead to Mule Deer, which leads to Coyote Trail junction. The junction is easy to miss. Turn left on Coyote.

The top of Coyote is a rock scramble, so follow the cairns and trail markings, continue back to Mule Deer. Turn right on Mule Deer. Stay on Mule Deer, continuing past Horseshoe until reaching Black Bear Trail. Take a left and an immediate right to Black Bear. After a steep, short ascent, you'll have a long descent to the Horseshoe Trail junction. The junction is easy to miss.

Take a left and head up Horseshoe until reaching Mule Deer again. Take a right and go back Coyote for a short distance before turning right onto Mule Deer again. You'll go back to Snowshoe Hare, taking a right onto the trail until reaching Dude's Fishing Hole. Go to the right to loop around until reaching Buffalo yet again. Turn right on Buffalo.

Buffalo will intersect Wildcat. Turn right and continue on it until you come to Burro Trail, on the left. Take the next left at the first junction just after the stream crossing, that heads to the top of Windy Peak. Go left at the next junction, stay on Burro to the top of Windy Peak. Once at the top come back from whence you came, but bear left on Burro to complete the loop. Take a right at the next junction to head back towards Wildcat. Take a left down the dirt road to Red Barn. You've done it!


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Michael Tevebaugh with improvements by Courtney Peck and 1 other

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A brief downhill section heading north just before more switchbacks!
Sep 11, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO
Apr 4, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
Mountain Lake along side Mountain Lion Trail.
Apr 21, 2019 near Coal Creek, CO
Conquering Mountain Lion Trail
Feb 18, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
Near the end you'll be rewarded with a great view of the ridge you climbed at the beginning.
Sep 17, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
Early March before the rain has brought out the flowers.
Sep 11, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO



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