Golden Gate Canyon Road + ADD NEW ROUTE
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1.4 miles north of the intersection of CO-93 and US-6/CO-58 in Golden, turn west onto Golden Gate Canyon Road (CO-46). Continue 18 miles up the canyon to Peak to Peak Hwy (CO-119). Once at Peak to Peak you can turn right (north) and head toward Nederland, CO (13 miles) and/or points beyond or turn left and make your way down Central City Parkway to I-70 (14 miles). You can also make a 45 mile loop ride by continuing south on CO-119 through Black Hawk until it becomes US-6 East and follow that back into Golden.
The ride from Golden up Golden Gate Canyon is marked by beautiful canyon scenery on the lower portions, with numerous rock walls flanking curves. As you head up the canyon farther, the vistas open up, revealing great foothills views. Toward the top of the canyon, mountain peaks peek out between gaps in the canyon as you roll out of curves.
The best twisties are at the beginning, but the whole road is great. A bit of a sportbike haven. The road surface is smooth and confident. Do watch for fine reverted granite in the curves, especially on the lower portion from erosion off of rock walls. Numerous curves marked 15 mph on the lower portion, with more of the 20-40 mph curves on the upper portion. A fairly steep canyon that rides better uphill than downhill. Much more fun to use the throttle uphill than the brakes downhill.
Golden Gate Canyon Park, 13 miles up the canyon, offers rest facilities and a chance to take in some Colorado scenery. Otherwise, this road is mostly a connector from CO-93 to CO-119 that services Golden Gate Canyon Park. It just happens to be a lot of fun on two wheels. The early curves at the bottom of the canyon are peg draggers for wide cruisers, but are great for sport and sport-touring bikes. Still not a road to shy away from on a Harley, just respect the suggested curve speeds a bit more.
I have never had the occasion to observe law enforcement on this stretch of road. That does not mean they are never there, but it does not appear to be a mainstay of patrol.
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