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    North Star Trail

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    7.1 km
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    206 m
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    North Star Trail

    The North Star Trail is a 7.1 km out-and-back hiking route in the Moonraker Trails Recreation Site southeast of Golden that follows along a largely forested path and passes by several woodland lakes. As the route is blanketed in thick tree cover, there is little in the way of scenic views or vantage points on this hike; however, you will be able to enjoy the relaxing forest atmosphere as you work your way through the dense network of trails. Remember to bring bug repellent for this hike as there are several lakes and marshy areas in the vicinity.

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    Route Description for North Star Trail

    Hiking along the North Star Trail is a fun outdoor experience that will allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of the woodland landscape of the Golden area. This route follows a relaxing path through the forest that leads past all four of the Cedar Lakes and into the middle of the recreation site. Here, hikers will find a stretch of wetland landscape that will offer the chance to spot local wildlife species depending on the time of year. Reaching the end of the trail, hikers will need to head back along the same path and carefully navigate the intricate web of intersecting trails so as not to get lost on their return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the North Star Trail Trailhead

    To get to the North Star Trail from the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, drive southeast down Kicking Horse Trail for 3.7 km and make a right onto Dogtooth FSR. Continue for 2.3 km, and you will find the trailhead on the left.

    Route Information

    • When to do


    • Backcountry Campsites

      Cedar Lake Recreation Site

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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