Location visible to members
Round-Trip Length: 6.35 miles - includes side trip to Windy Peak Start-End Elevation: 7,830' - 9,132' (9,132' max elevation) Elevation Change: +1,302' net elevation gain (+1,825' total round-trip elevation gain) Skill Level: Moderate to moderate plus (depending on your fitness level) Dogs Allowed: Yes
Park Fee Required per vehicle
We will meet in the visitor center by 10:15am (NOT AT Spot Bar and Grill). We will head out to the trail from Visitor Center by 10:30 am
AS ALWAYS - IF YOU ARE LOST, OR RUNNING LATE - PLEASE CALL OR TEXT ME - 303-919-9017 (If you text me, please identify who you are). If you cannot reach me, it may be due to cell coverage in the canyon, but leave a message - if I am able to, I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
3873 Highway 46
Golden, CO 80403
From Golden/ 6th Ave
1) Head north on 6th Ave toward CO-58 E
2) Continue onto CO-93
3) Turn left onto Golden Gate Canyon Rd
4) Turn left onto Co Rd 70/Golden Gate Canyon Rd
5) Sharp right onto Co Rd 57/Crawford Gulch Rd/Drew Hill Rd
6) Turn right to the Visitor's Center - park and purchase pass (If closed, use self pay station)
Accessing the Trailhead:
Turn right on Crawford Gulch Road for 2.45 miles to the trailhead and parking lot. If full, park at one of the first two lots and walk back up the road.
I Highly recommend carpooling to split the vehicle pass fee (purchased in the visitor center). Maps and information can be retrieved in the visitor center - Meet us inside the visitor center by 10:15 - we will head out to trail head by 10:30.
N39 50.780 W105 22.673 - Bridge Creek Trailhead N39 50.975 W105 22.498 - .7 miles : Mountain Lion Trail junction #1 N39 51.006 W105 22.541 - .77 miles : Mountain Lion Trail junction #2 N39 51.161 W105 22.227 - 1.1 miles : Begin Burro Trail Loop N39 51.248 W105 22.545 - 1.65 miles : Brief reprieve with good views N39 51.411 W105 22.451 - 2.15 miles : Enter lodgepole forest N39 51.700 W105 22.371 - 2.45 miles : Burro Trail - Windy Peak summit spur N39 51.703 W105 22.804 - 3.03 miles : Windy Peak summit N39 51.700 W105 22.371 - 3.7 miles : Back on Burro Trail Loop N39 51.366 W105 21.741 - 4.65 miles : Deer Creek Campground spur N39 51.263 W105 21.835 - 4.8 miles : Veer of service road, resume trail N39 51.161 W105 22.227 - 5.25 miles : Complete Burro Trail Loop N39 50.780 W105 22.673 - 6.35 miles : Bridge Creek Trailhead
"The Burro Trail circles the southeast flank of Windy Peak, located in the northeast corner of the Park. Visitors will enjoy remarkable views across numerous valleys, meadows and mountain ranges, varied terrain, and good wildlife viewing throughout.
The Burro Trail - a lollipop loop - makes several connections with other trails, including a short spur to Windy Peak. Though well marked, take advantage of free maps from the Visitor Center to guide you through these intersections and remain on course. The following description begins from the third and easternmost parking lot for the Bridge Creek Trailhead, located 2.45 miles east of the Visitor Center.
From the 3rd parking lot and trailhead, cross Bridge Creek and begin a winding northwest climb through generously spaced ponderosa, fir, and aspen. Small meadows support grasses, sage and diverse wildflowers. You'll reach the first Mountain Lion Trail connection in .7 miles and bear left to a 2nd just steps away (.77 miles : 8,127'). Veer right to stay on the Burro Trail. The trail soon crests and drops steeply through dense lodgepole to Nott Creek, where it levels and crosses an aspen-studded corridor to reach the beginning of theBurro Trail Loop (1.1 miles : 7,932'). The following description travels clockwise:
The Burro Trail heads northwest and climbs steeply with emerging views back south across yawning valleys and nearby mountains. Look for wildlife on these sparsely treed slopes. The trail levels briefly at 1.65 miles (8,320') before resuming a strenuous pace through intervals of mixed forest and open hillsides.
The trail abruptly enters a thick, uniform lodgepole forest (2.15 miles : 8,618') and eases along moderate undulations to the Windy Peak access spur (2.45 miles : 8,667'). Bear left for a moderately steep, rocky climb to the summit.
You'll pass another connection for the Mountain Lion Trail (2.7 miles : 8,863'), past which no bikes or horses are permitted. A final twisting push leads to the talus strewn summit of Windy Peak (3.03 miles : 9,132'), from which you'll enjoy rangy panoramas across gaping valleys and mountain ranges near and far. Retrace your steps back to the main Burro Trail and continue the loop (3.7 miles : 8,667').
The trail bends southeast and drops across rolling hillsides ideal for spotting deer, elk, coyote, fox, bear, mountain lion, and turkey. The trail reaches the valley bottom and Deer Creek campground spur (4.65 miles : 8,055'), bends southwest and levels through an expansive meadow. Follow signs carefully across short sections of service roads.
You'll veer right off the service (4.8 miles : 7,985') and continue on a rolling course to complete the Burro Loop (5.25 miles : 7,932'). Cross Nott Creek, climb one final steep ridge and retrace your steps back to the Bridge Creek Trailhead (6.35 miles : 7,830')."
(Info provided by Protrails.com)
THE APRES HIKE:
We will meet at the Spot Bar and Grill in Golden - approximate meeting time of Apres-hike rendezvous to be determined at summit of Windy Peak.
The Spot Bar and Grill
111 Rubey Drive Golden, CO 80403
*Dogs are allowed on this trail, but should be leashed
I WILL MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS AS THE HIKE GETS CLOSER
*Since it is a late season, prepare for changing weather conditions/ temps - I will post expected conditions as the date gets closer.
*Expect mud and possibly some snowy patches on this hike. A change into more comfortable shoes for the bar is recommended, especially if your boots are not waterproof.