Black Mountain (West Summit) Trail

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Black Mountain (West Summit) Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Craig, CO that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.2 miles 2212 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash





mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers




Black Mountain Trail: 3.5 miles to the summit of Black Mountain (10,800'). An easy climb offering sensational views of the Yampa Valley and into Utah and Wyoming. Slater Falls: A half-mile hike to a beautiful 30' waterfall on Slater Creek. Bears Ears Peak: Drive or hike to the top of this prominent Moffat County feature, aptly named for its resemblance to bear's ears. Breathtaking panorama of the Yampa Valley.

2 years ago

In my Ford F150 4x4 I drove past the snowmobile drop off area, and that's where things went bad. When it says 'the trail is only accessible from', pay attention. As I drove up a long, curvy section of the service road my four wheel drive lost traction and I bottomed out. After digging out my tires and making tracks to allow my wheels the chance to gather momentum I drove in reverse all the way back to the snowmobile parking lot. I guess I'll have to wait till June to tackle this trail. Along the way I saw multiple elk herds and mule deer a plenty.