The Mountain Lion Trail in Colorado’s Golden Gate Canyon State Park is one of the premier trails within the entire park. At 6.7 miles in length and designated “Difficult” by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Mountain Lion Trail is a fairly challenging loop hike, but not overly intense. Given the trail’s proximity to the Denver metro, this is a great day hike or trail run option for a weekend excursion.
Indeed, the diverse terrain of the Mountain Lion Trail is stunningly beautiful, with expansive views of nearby foothills, vistas of Front Range mountains, dense forest, and peaceful Deer Creek crossings. You can also opt to tack on a side trip to the summit of Windy Peak if you’re inclined. With or without Windy Peak, we think the Mountain Lion Trail is a true gem and one not to be missed.
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If you intend to visit more Colorado state parks beyond Golden Gate Canyon, “Colorado State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide,” though a bit dated, does a nice job providing general overviews of the parks. In addition, we recommend picking up a few naturalist guides for general awareness of the area. An easy to use field guide for plants and birds will help identify species and further add to the enjoyment of your outdoors experience.
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