Golden, Colorado

Summit Windy Peak via the Burro Trail

6.35 Miles Total - 1825 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Korey Taylor

Summit the beautiful Windy Peak (11,970ft) via the scenic Burro Trail and experience a 360 view of the mountains and valleys around you. If you're looking for a beautiful hike year round, this is a great option!

The Burro Trail starts at the Bridge Creek Trailhead Parking Lot and leads off to the left. While this trail is incredibly well marked it wouldn't hurt to grab a map at the visitors center before you start! From the parking lot you'll travel along the trail for 0.7 miles until you reach your first connection with Mountain Lion Trail. Continue following the sign for Burro Trail to the left and then rather quickly you'll come to another connection and you'll take a right. Continue along the trail until you reach the Burro Loop. There will be a fork in the trail and both directions will say Burro Trail. Follow the sign to the left For Burro Trail and Windy Peak. From here you will gain elevation rather quickly via steep switchbacks until you level off and travel through a dense forest. If you're attempting this hike in the winter or spring I HIGHLY recommend ice trekkers because the snow is rather thin and the trail is essentially all ice. You'll eventually reach another connection in the loop that is the out-and-back 1.4 mile portion to summit Windy Peak. It definitely holds true to it's name, but it's a beautiful spot to take a lunch break! Once you've made it back to the loop continue along and it will eventually loop back around to the starting trailhead!

I would also like to note that all of my photos from this adventure were taken on the same day. It was warm and sunny in the beginning and only a few hours later the temperature had dropped 30 degrees and it was snowing very heavily. Always be prepared in the Colorado Mountains!

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Bring $7

It was a pretty cool hike with a nice view from the top. It is a state park that requires a $7 day pass. To purchase the pass continue driving about 2 miles past the trail head.

Awesome views

I've summited this a couple times during the course of the Dirty 30 ultra, so I haven't had a ton of time to enjoy it, but it's a great and challenging trail.

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