Black Bear Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Constant surprises and interesting twists occur along this trail as it climbs up toward Ralston Roost and then drops through an aspen forest and ?ower-?lled meadows. Backcountry sites o?er a close-to-home camping opportunity in this area. A side spur takes you to the remains of John Frazer’s barn and the beautiful meadow where he grew vegetables. This area is close to Denver, yet seems so remote while you are hiking here. The rocky ridges around Ralston Roost provide views of the Continental Divide and fun hiking. Di?erent seasons bring new varieties of ?owers and colors to the meadows."
--Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
We did the Horseshoe, Mule Deer, Black Bear Trails loop. Fabulous view of The Continental Divide from Black Bear Trail. We saw a group of deer on the Mule Deer portion just south of Frazer's cabin. Slippery ice on Black Bear made the downhill parts tricky. Bring hiking poles this time of year.
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