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Golden Gate Canyon Road + ADD NEW ROUTE


13   in Colorado Colorado18 miles Miles

By ST1300 Colorado Bob
on October 3, 2014

5.0out of 5

2 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

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.

Scenery

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.

Road Quality

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.

Roadside Amenities

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.

Additional Info

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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By GJRonK
on September 28, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

What a fun road! So many twisties--they just keep coming. Perhaps Colorado's 'Dragon'. Of course, now (in the fall) the leaves are changing, so it's colorful to boot. If you are visiting, going back to I-70 or Golden makes a wonderful loop. You'll pass through Black Hawk and can go through Central City for some remains of old mining towns. Mostly now, unfortunately, both towns are more into gambling spots, but you still see mountains of trees and valleys dropping off to the sides.

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By cafe8racer
on September 28, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Enduro

Road this route for the first time today. Lots of twisties around 16 miles long. Road is in great shape. Hydrate well before taking it since there is no where to stop for gas or drink. With traffic it takes a good half hour from beginning to end.

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