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The Best Backpacking in Golden

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Top backpacking spots in and near Golden

  • Golden, Colorado

    Mountain Lion Trail

    6.74 mi / 1506 ft gain
    Mountain Lion Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Pinecliffe, Colorado.
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  • Clear Creek County, Colorado

    Turkey Gulch to Cascade Creek

    14.18 mi / 3563 ft gain
    Turkey Gulch to Cascade Creek is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Evergreen, Colorado

    Beaver Meadows Trail

    10.99 mi / 2635 ft gain
    Beaver Meadows Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Evergreen, Colorado

    Beartracks Lake Trail

    11.66 mi / 2349 ft gain
    Beartracks Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Littleton, Colorado

    Winter Hiking and Wildlife in Waterton Canyon

    3.8
    12.4 mi
    Waterton Canyon is the beginning of the Colorado Trail which stretches 500 miles from Denver to Durango. Camping is allowed on the Colorado Trail but is not allowed in the first 6 miles section of Waterton Canyon, which is managed by Denver Water. The gravel road is great for running, biking, hi...
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  • Conifer, Colorado

    Lion's Head via Lion's Back Trail

    11.1 mi / 1946 ft gain
    Lion's Head via Lion's Back Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Conifer, Colorado.
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  • Evergreen, Colorado

    Hike the Resthouse/Lincoln Lake Trail

    4.5
    While the Mt. Evans Wilderness never has a shortage of visitors, thanks to its proximity to Denver, it is possible to find a more private hike if you know where to look. Lincoln Lake Trail, accessible from Echo Lake year-round, is not as glamorous as its sister trail, Chicago Lakes, but is a wond...
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Mount Evans West Ridge via Chicago Creek

    15.87 mi / 4859 ft gain
    Mount Evans West Ridge via Chicago Creek is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Lower and Upper Chicago Lake

    4.5
    9.22 mi / 2270 ft gain
    From the parking lot, stay to the right of Echo Lake and you will run into the Chicago Lakes Trailhead. Follow the switchbacks down and across Chicago Creek. After crossing the creek, follow the sign indicating that the trail follows the dirt road and hang a left; from here, you'll reach the Idah...
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Echo Lake to Summit Lake

    11.1 mi / 3419 ft gain
    Echo Lake to Summit Lake is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Georgetown, Colorado.
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Hiking James Peak (13,294')

    8.3 mi / 3000 ft gain
    James Peak is one of 76 13,000'+ peaks in Colorado's front range. On your way up to the peak you will pass St. Mary's Glacier. It is not an actual glacier yet a permeant snow field that is popular among skiers and snowboarders year round. St. Mary's Glaicer is a very popular destination (though m...
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Explore 'The Hidden Gems' of Loch Lomond

    4.6 mi / 950 ft gain
    Getting There From Denver, go W on I-70 and take exit 238 for Fall River Rd. Continue on this road before taking a left on Alice Rd. Continue on Alice Rd. until you see the right hand turn for Steuart Rd. This is where you park. Do not attempt this road in a AWD or 2WD you definitely need a good ...
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  • Nederland, Colorado

    Hike to the Lost Lakes via the Hessie Trail

    4 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Accessed by Hessie Trailhead, Lost Lake is a relatively moderate 4 mile round-trip hike with about 1,000 feet of elevation. The core of the hike is uphill and on a gravel path, 2/3rds of the hike runs parallel to a rushing waterfall.  After parking your car, head towards the Hessie Trailhead. Yo...
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  • Eldora, Colorado

    Devils Thumb Pass and King Lake Trail

    15.26 mi / 3255 ft gain
    Devils Thumb Pass and King Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Nederland, Colorado.
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  • Eldora, Colorado

    Devil's Thumb Lake Trail

    12.14 mi / 2346 ft gain
    Devil's Thumb Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Nederland, Colorado.
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  • Nederland, Colorado

    Hike to King Lake

    5.0
    11.32 mi / 2375 ft gain
    The normal route from the east side is via the Hessie trailhead outside Nederland Colorado. From the west it is most often accessed via the short trail from Rollins pass, which is open in the summer. As noted above, it is also a lake and area ripe for creating your own adventure. The description ...
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