Black Power Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain663ft
Trailhead Elevation5,469ft
Elevation Min/Max5376/5827ft
Elevation Start/End5469/5469ft

Black Power Trail

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.

Black Power Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Start at the clear, riffling North Fork of the Poudre River and ascend to a mountain meadow so beautiful you’ll feel like Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music!"

"The Black Powder Trail begins in Gateway Park, located at the confluence of the Poudre River and the North Fork of the Poudre and is the site of the former Fort Collins water treatment plant that opened in 1903. During the Depression, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers built roads and trails in the park area. In 2004, the Picnic Rock Fire raged through much of the park.We can witness here how a natural area restores itself after a burning. In 2006, the Fort Collins Naturals Areas program began administering the park and renamed it Gateway Natural Area. Because of its natural beauty and closeness to the city, it is a popular destination—a nice hike that can be accomplished in a half day, including driving time.

Gateway Park is an inviting place,with large, grassy areas, picnic pavilions, barbecue grills, and clean restrooms.As with other mountain areas, rattlesnakes are occasionally encountered, so exercise normal caution. The park is a fee area—four dollars for passenger cars and eight dollars for vans.Hours of use are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day and from 8 a.m. to sunset the rest of the year. The expression “all over the board” springs to mind as efforts are made to assess the difficulty of the Black Powder Trail."

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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, (970) 416-2815,
Local Contacts
USGS Laporte; Fort Collins Natural Areas map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018