Raccoon Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Black Hawk, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Absolutely gorgeous loop leads through fields and forests, beautiful vistas and excellent elevation. There is an old private cabin along the route and an easy trail back to Revends Run Campground.
hard but fun
Beautiful golden aspens in the fall! Gorgeous views! A short but sweet hike. The loop we did felt consistent with 2.2 miles total. Took us maybe 1.5 hrs walking fairly slow.
Brought my 7wk old baby and my two old dogs. We did just fine. When the trail splits, just after the beginning, it's a loop. To the left is a steep climb to Panorama Point with very few switchbacks. I saw many bicyclists carrying their bikes. To the right are many switchbacks going up to the same point. Choose wisely. Beautiful fall colors on Sept. 23.
You can park at the loop so you dont have to do the steepest part next to the road. Pretty aspen trees and mostly fairly flat and a bit rocky. Good for dogs. Some decent views but compared to so many other spots in the Rockies, the views arent mindblowing.
Did this loop before driving back to Kansas. Pretty area with some good overlooks.
Beautiful trail - but longer than the map says. It's 2.2 miles to Panorama Point, so the whole trail is actually 4.4 miles. The trail is nice, with moderately steep and flatter sections, goes past some pretty wildflowers and the panorama of the Continental Divide is indeed gorgeous from the top of the trail. The signage at the Panorama Point itself is a little confusing but with a bit of wandering around the overlook you can pick the trail back up again pretty easily.
I'd give this 5 stars except there is currently a portion closed causing you to walk on the road back to the trailhead. Since there is no shoulder it was a let down after the beautiful hike. The wildflowers and aspen are beautiful, and the views once you get up are fantastic! Also, this trail is closer to 4 miles, not the 2.2 the park map claims. Everyone we encountered was extremely nice, will definitely visit again in the fall to see the aspens.
Fun trail with gorgeous views of the Continental Divide. Took a little over two hours from start to finish.
We were able to snag one of the last parking spots in the parking lot at the overlook on a June Saturday afternoon. The trail itself was surprisingly not busy. We passed perhaps 10 other hikers and two or three bikers.
We'll definitely be back in the fall to check out the changing aspens.
This was supposed to be a short 2.2 mile loop that starts and ends at Reverends Run Campground and includes a stop at Panorama Point. Note however that it's far longer than any of the state park literature claims. It's a beautiful hike, but be warned the loop we took (marked as Raccoon Trail the whole way) was easily 2-3 times that length. (The sign at Panorama Point said the section from there back to the campground alone was 2.3 miles.) Be sure you bring enough water and food for a 3-4 hour excursion.
We enjoyed this trail for a short loop. It offers a lot of variety from rocky up n downs to single track meadow to forested areas. The wildflowers were beautiful. The scenery was wonderful and at 8 in the morning on a weekend we were there alone. Traffic picked up by the time we finished but still not a crowded place. A real gem of a trail.
Not very challenging but serene and scenic inside the loop. We encountered several hikers who were confused by some of the signage, and I agree the signs could be confusing. Not busy today (only 41 degrees at 10:30 AM), which was nice.
Very nice hike - and I did it with my 8 year old son. We stopped to rest a lot, but enjoyed our day together. Look out point is nearby and a good stop. There are built observation platforms. The drive into the park seems like it will never end, but eventually you get there. (19 miles of slow winding road)
Nice trail with beautiful views and nice breezes. A bit of a challenge for us, so we took many rest breaks, but we finished the trail!
Loved the views on this trail! We will absolutely try to get back to this one for fall colors. Steep in areas which presented a little challenge, but worth every step! Very few other hikers. We went very early on a Saturday morning so parking was easy and traffic was light. Highly recommended!
Good relaxing fairly easy trail with a little uphill. Views great and mostly shaded so good trail for a hot day.
Great trail for the family! We have two 7yr old boys and a 9 yr old girl, and while the grade challenged them at times, they had a great time and enjoyed the views and exercise.