Today I hiked to John Frazer Cabin via Blue Grouse and Mule Deer Trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The park is located 35 miles west of Denver, is very large, and has several entrances. A day pass to a Colorado State Park costs $10 and may be purchased at a variety of kiosks with exact change. An affixed annual pass to all Colorado State Parks costs $80 while a hang tag is $120. It seems a little pricy, but the trails are well marked and well maintained.
The parking area to Blue Grouse Trail is located off Golden Gate Canyon Road and does not include a kiosk for paying, so be sure to plan for this in another location. The nearby Mountain Base Road to Reverend’s Ridge Campground where there is a pay station was closed for the winter. As a result, it might be best to stop in at the Visitor Center before continuing to the trailhead. The AllTrails app provides perfect directions to the trailhead, and the Colorado State Park website provides good park maps.HAPPY HIKING!