Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Date Hiked: September 27, 2014
Distance: .3 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: Negligible
Managing Agency: Colorado State Parks
Directions: From Denver head west on I-70 and west on Hwy 58. Turn right (north) onto Hey 93 and left (west) onto Golden Gate Canyon Road. Follow this road all the way into the state park and bear left at the intersection near the entrance. Kriley Pond will be on your right.
Kriley Pond is a small fishing pond along Golden Gate Canyon Road and Ralston Creek. There is a very short, and very easy, trail that runs along the eastern and northern shores but does not go around the entirety of the pond. The western shore is wetland and you would have to wade through it in order to go completely around, please don’t… That being said the pond is pretty and if you or your little ones are looking to picnic and take a short walk, this hike may fit the bill. There is also access to the Blue Grouse Trail from the pond so if the parking lot is full at the Blue Grouse Trailhead, park here. Oh yeah, there are also restrooms here…