Black Bear Trail

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,411ft
Trailhead Elevation8,210ft
Elevation Min/Max8210/9343ft
Elevation Start/End8210/8210ft

Black Bear Trail

Black Bear Trail is a hiking trail in Gilpin County, Colorado. It is within Golden Gate Canyon State Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 8,210 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,411 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there are viewpoints and a peak. This trail connects with the following: Horseshoe Trail.

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Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug
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"Constant surprises and interesting twists occur along this trail as it climbs up toward Ralston Roost and then drops through an aspen forest and flower-filled meadows. Backcountry sites offer 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. Different seasons bring new varieties of flowers and colors to the meadows." Read more

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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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Trail Information

Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Nearby City
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Skill Level
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, 92 Crawford Gulch Road, Golden; 303-582-3707;
Local Contacts
USGS Black Hawk; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 100 Boulder/Golden; Latitude 40˚: Colorado Front Range
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