Black Power Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

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Black Power Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest and Gateway Natural Area. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 5,469 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 663 feet. Near the end of the trail are a bare rock, a peak, a meadow, a scrub, and a cliff.
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Black Power Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest and Gateway Natural Area. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 5,469 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 663 feet. Near the end of the trail are a bare rock, a peak, a meadow, a scrub, and a cliff. This trail connects with the following: Viewpoint Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Roosevelt National Forest
Distance: 0.8
Elevation Gain: 663 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 5,469 feet
Top Elevation: 5,827 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Power Trail
Parks: Roosevelt National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 5376/5827 ft
Elevation Start/End: 5469/5469 ft
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May 2018