Frazer Meadow

Smith Hill, Colorado 80422

Frazer Meadow

Frazer Meadow Professional Review and Guide

"When there is ample snow, Golden Gate Canyon State Park can provide some good winter tours. One of these begins above Kriley Pond, rises to a ridge, and continues down to the cabin ruins in Frazer Meadow. Because the Mountain Base Road may not be plowed, this starting point at the Kriley Pond Overlook Trail is recommended. Snowshoers will have an easier time on this trek, as skiers will be challenged by the narrow, often winding trail."

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"Only 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers 14,000 acres of conifer forest, rocky peaks, mountain splendor, and aspen-filled meadows. Several ponds offer good trout fishing. There are twelve trails in the park, each named for an animal and marked with the animal’s footprint. The shape of the marker indicates the difficulty of the trail: Circles denote easy trails, squares are moderate, and diamonds mark the difficult trails.

Trailheads with parking areas are easily accessible from the main roads in the park. Golden Gate Canyon State Park takes its name from Golden Gate City, once located at the mouth of Tucker Gulch, which led to the gold fields of Black Hawk and Central City. The two former mining towns, now popular as limited-stakes gambling destinations, are 6 miles south of the park on C–119. Despite the coming of gambling casinos, these towns continue to offer a glimpse of life in Colorado’s early days."

"Golden Gate Canyon State Park got its name from Golden Gate City, which was located at the mouth of Tucker Gulch that led to the gold fields of Black Hawk and Central City. The two former mining towns, now popular as limited-stakes gambling destinations, are southwest of the park. Situated 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers 14,000 acres of conifer forest, rocky peaks, mountain splendor, and aspenfilled meadows.

There are twelve trails in the park, each named after an animal and marked with the animal’s footprint. The background shape of the trail marker indicates the difficulty of the trail. Circles denote easy trails, squares are moderate, and diamonds mark the difficult trails. Trailheads with parking areas are easily accessible from the main roads in the park. The pleasant visitors center has water, restrooms, and exhibits of local fauna and flora, as well as detailed maps of the park and its environs."

Frazer Meadow Reviews

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6/13/2009
Took my dog on this hike - very enjoyable, heavily traveled, but still can find solitute. Reasonable elevation gain interspersed with more level areas. The meadow itself is very pretty wtih great views. Nice hike close to the metro area.
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4/3/2008
Went the begining of April or so. It was awesome, my dog and I did not think there would be as much snow as there was, but we had a great time!
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Trail Information

Smith Hill
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.6
Distance
1,260 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hrs 8 mins
Duration
Winter
Season
8,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,200 feet
Top Elevation
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Black Hawk; Trails Illustrated Number 100
Local Maps

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