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Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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.

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Niedrach Trail – Barr Lake State Park

Niedrach Trail at Barr Lake State Park

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.

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Cheyenne Mountain Loop Trail – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

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.

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Arthur’s Rock Trail – Fort Collins, Colorado

View of Horsetooth Reservoir from Arthur's Rock Trail, Lory State Park, west of Fort Collins, Colorado

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.

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Horseshoe Trail – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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.

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