Black Mountain West Summit Trail

Northwest, Colorado 81653

Black Mountain West Summit Trail

Black Mountain (West Summit) Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike climbs to the west summit of Black Mountain, a volcanic plateau in the Elkhead Mountains. The trail first winds through an aspen forest with vegetation so thick at times that you might feel the need for a machete.

The trail then proceeds into drier lodgepole and spruce-fir forests. Once up on the plateau, a spur trail takes you to a raptor viewing area complete with an interpretive poster and views west toward Dinosaur National Monument and Utah."

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Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise
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"This hike climbs to the west summit of Black Mountain, a volcanic plateau in the Elkhead Mountains. The trail first winds through an aspen forest with vegetation so thick at times that you might feel the need for a machete. The trail proceeds into drier lodgepole and spruce-fir forests. Once up on the plateau, a spur trail takes you to a raptor viewing area complete with an interpretive poster and views west toward Dinosaur National Monument and Utah." Read more

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Trail Information

Northwest
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.4
Distance
2,055 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3.5- 5 hours
Duration
Best from mid-June to mid-Oct
Season
Medicine Bow–Routt National Forest, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Steamboat Springs; (970) 870-2299; www.fs.usda.gov/mbr
Local Contacts
USGS Freeman Reservoir
Local Maps

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Dec 2018