Golden Gate Canyon State Park - Bootleg Bottom to Frazer Meadow

Date:

July 1, 2000

Distance (GPS):

3.58 miles

Distance (pedometer): 4.45 miles

Elevation change:

633 feet

Hike time:

2 hours, 45 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate
Density: 3

This may be the second most difficult hike in Golden Gate (next to the Slough Pond loop). The first mile is fairly setep uphill, but it gets easier once you're on top. This is the only hike in the park that includes a little non-technical rock-climbing. Nothing serious, but plan on using your hands as well as your feet in a couple places, and this is probably the one hike where some decent hiking boots are a plus. This is also one of two places I can think of within the park where you'll have to pay close attention to the signs and trail markers. If you're not sure where the trail is, STOP and look around. The markers can be difficult to find in the rocks. Where the markers are out of sight, you'll find cairns (small piles of rock) that mark the way. Once past the rocks, you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view and a nice place to rest a bit. From there, the trek to Frazer Meadow is pretty easy, and mostly downhill. I'd love to hear the story of the steam roller (not something you see everyday in the woods!). It seems it was easier to paint it green than to extricate it.

On the map

GPS Track Plot

Topo! Elevation plot

Pictures from this hike. Click on picture to enlarge -- use your 'Back' Button to get back to this page.