Burro Trail

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,594ft
Trailhead Elevation7,857ft
Elevation Min/Max7809/8867ft
Elevation Start/End7857/7857ft

Burro Trail

Burro Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Golden Gate Canyon State Park. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 7,857 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,594 feet. Bridge Creek Trailhead and other parkings are near the trailhead. There are also an industrial and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Windy Peak Trail and Mountain Lion Trail.

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Best Loop Hikes Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Steve Johnson & David Weinstein
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"In the 1840s, settlers moved into the present-day site of Golden Gate Canyon State Park in search of gold, but it was some 6 miles southwest in Blackhawk and Central City where the gold was to be found. The Golden Gate Toll Road was constructed to bypass this beautiful area in order to reach the prosperous towns. While no gold has ever been found within the park, there are plenty of other treasures hidden here, and the Burro Loop is no exception. This hike offers a variety of landscapes to hikers and scenery ranging from sheltered riparian corridors to the entirety of the eastern plains or massive snowcapped mountains."

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This is a great hike after work, which is how I approached it. I met a buddy at the trail head around 4:30pm. I would highly recommend not going solo on this trail, as we saw several signs of what appeared to be BIG CAT scat.

Overall, this is a moderate hike with the distance being right for about a 2+ hour hike (stopping to take pics and take in some of the scenery) and the elevation gain isn't unbearable. I would recommend taking the extra 20-30 minutes to scamper up to the top of Windy Point. When you get up there, continue past the first clump of rocks and wander around. There are some terrific outcroppings that give you some great views of the surrounding valleys.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a nice little park and has quite a few trails. There's some fishing and backcountry camping in the park as well which would keep you busy for a few days here. For me, it was a great time and I would definitely recommend taking the 30 minute drive from Denver out here.

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Colorado State Parks, Golden Gate Canyon
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