Raccoon Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used 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.
We started this snowshoe hike from Reverend's ridge campground. There is a trail about 3/4-1 that you need to hike before getting to the actual raccoon trail loop, thus the entire hike from the campground ends up being about 4-4.5 miles total. Once we got to the raccoon trail we took a left, and there was a long, uphill climb to panoramic point. Beautiful views in the winter. Plenty of snow for snowshoeing. In the summer I imagine this would mostly be a shaded hike. Overall, a good moderate-level hike.
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.