Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
I first hiked this trail as a tourist in the summer of 2010, and now I finally explored it again as a resident, this time in the winter.
This 3.8 mile trail is is on the easy side of moderate with about 900 feet of elevation gain up to about 9100 feet in elevation. Worth checking out the park’s other trails and the yurts.
Niedrach Trail at Barr Lake State Park
The Niedrach Trail heads south from the nature center at Barr Lake State Park near Brighton, Colorado. The trail goes around the whole lake – 8.8 miles in total and is essentially flat the entire way. I went to the two-mile marker, but in that span I saw a herd of 20 deer, two bald eagles and scores of ducks and geese.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Location: Cheyenne Mountain State Park, west of Colorado Springs
Trail Length: About 3.4 miles, loop trail
Elevation Gain: About 300 feet
Notable Features: Picturesque easy hike through scrub oaks, Ponderosa pines and prairie grass. Military installation NORAD is located inside Cheyenne Mountain – so give them a wave as you walk through the park below the complex.
View of Horsetooth Reservoir from Arthur’s Rock Trail, Lory State Park, west of Fort Collins, Colorado
Location: Lory State Park, west of Fort Collins
Trail Length: 3.8 miles, out and back
Elevation Gain: About 1150 feet
Link: Arthur’s Rock Trail on AllTrails.com
Notable Features: Well-marked trail with moderate elevation gain through forest with great views of Horsetooth Reservoir and the surrounding area at the top of the trail.
Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Location: West of Golden
Trail Length: About 3.7 miles, in and out trail
Elevation Gain: About 900 feet
Notable Features: A moderate trail that doesn’t seem as challenging as the numbers make it sound. It’s a pleasant and relaxing walk through forest and meadows with views of nearby Tremont Mountain.