We chose Golden Gate State park because it was close and it was Superbowl Sunday so we didn’t want to get very far away from home. You do have to pay to get into the park, at least where we decided to go. There are definitely pros and cons to hiking around a park you have to pay to get into. Of course they are well groomed and generally have some pretty scenery, but it also means they’re typically a little more tracked and a little less… isolated. There’s generally also clearer maps and markings at state parks which makes it really good for beginners. We took Horseshoe trail which is marked as moderate, and I would say that’s a very fair rating. It was a pretty consistent slight incline the entire way up the trail, and coming down was nice because of the downhill the entire way back.
It’s an out and back trail, you can loop around if you transfer trails, and it’s very clear when you’ve gone from one trail to the next as the markers are labeled with the trails individual logo post…
We decided to save time we would just do horseshoe trail instead of tackling the entire loop. The trail ends just past where the campground starts, and we were very interested in seeing the campground. I hear it gets pretty busy in the summer time, but if you’re looking to do some winter camping the place was completely vacant.
When we finally got to the camp ground we stopped to have lunch and chill.
There were a lot of great rock formations that look like an extremely fun place to climb around, we do plan on coming back in the summer time to try them out.