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Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Big Loop

A gorgeous loop around Tremont Mountain that's almost a perfect half-marathon.

Trail Running Difficult

21 km
831 m
831 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.9 km
Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Big Loop Map

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a haven for trail runners, protecting some of the most beautiful terrain on the Colorado Front Range. The park is separated from the urban centers and metropolitan sprawl of the Denver area, but it's still only 14 miles up the road from the town of Golden.


The park is home to a slew of fantastic trails, but many of them combine into shorter routes or out-and-backs. If you're looking for a big day out in the park and don't like retracing your steps, this 13-mile loop is the perfect route for you!

This gorgeous loop offers varied terrain ranging from steep mountainsides, towering pine forests, whispering aspen groves, wide-open meadows, and panoramic views from high points.

The loop begins at a lower trailhead near the junction of Golden Gate Canyon Road and Crawford Gulch Road. From there, it climbs high into the state park, visiting the iconic Panorama Point overlook before continuing to a high point on the Mule Deer Trail on the flanks of Tremont Mountain. While this run is far from a peak climb, it still gains a respectable 2,700+ vertical feet over its 13-mile distance.



Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and November

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