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Nice relatively easy hiking trail with several views that over look Golden.

NEW Black Bear Trail is nice!
Go short, Rollin strollin hill hike up to ridge with awesome panorama views of Denver & foothills aka hogbacks. Fall &Winter nice: more sun, less snakes.10/27/18.R&L.3.5hr

Go long, frm HildeBrand parking lot, hike foothills to Black Bear Trail to upper Black Bear Tr in Deer Creek Canyon and loop back down or drop to Dear Creek parking lot.

trail running
15 days ago

This is Colorado trail running at its finest for me, in the mountains but not steep, a place where 4 miles feels like you barely started.

Hiked it today with our dog starting from the Applewood side. Street parking only so we parked a couple blocks down from the east trailhead. Good rocky incline that's not too difficult then everything flattens out on top of the mesa. Wide open trail up top, nice and easy hike.

Great little hike! You can make it shorter (3.5 mile loop) by going north on the trail and then using the Mesa Trail trail to cut off some distance. It's heavily trafficked by bikers though, which is hard for hikers.

Love this trail! Lots of mountain bikers so be prepared to take a quick stop on the side of the trail if you are on foot. Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike very close to the city. 3 stars for the views of Ralston Bluffs.

Lots of mountain bikers. Huge amounts in the afternoon. Most were cool but Was startled many times by them others racing by with little notice or heads up around blind corners on steep portions of trial.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, moderate traffic during the week. Good short workout.

I missed a turn and went up a draw on the far SW end and it was way too steep and technical for me to pedal. Had to take the bike for a walk for a while. Better navigation next time!

Love this place! My husband takes our 5 year old mountain biking while myself and the 1 year old hike up to the tabletop. It’s decently trafficked. I’ve never had some of the issues others have said about not enough room for bikers/hikers, but we also go in the afternoon. It does get toasty, bring plenty of water and a snack. The views are worth the leg burn!

1 month ago

Love it

Nice elevation-

Beautiful view of Denver, Golden, and Front range. A Quick climb.

We live near this trail, so we hike it about once per week. We typically walk up one side, across or along the rim, down another side, turn around and retrace to get back to our start. The uphill portions are a great cardio workout! The entire mesa is like a different world. We’ve seen deer grazing - and twice this summer we’ve seen rattlesnakes on the trail. The second time was this morning as we came across a baby one stretched across the trail for the sun. My advice: Take water as it’s hot up there when sunny, and, honestly, watch for snakes. Lots of people hike up wearing open sport sandals. I wear snake gaiters that go from the ankle of my hiking shoes to my knees. Whatever you wear, just be in the lookout.

Four stars because there really isn’t shade after very early morning on one of the uphill paths.

Not at all what you would expect a top a mesa. wonderful walk, floral, geological formations, views.. best climb in Golden.

We were hiking but kept having to stop and move over for bikers, Trail is too narrow for both hikers and bikers.

I mean it was a decent hike. but the climb up, while physically challenging, was honestly boring. it's just dirt and gravel everywhere, there's no shade, and when we went (mid August) there were bugs swarming at our faces and biting our necks. it felt like a desert. the view was nice, though. and yeah there are a lot of mountain bikers, but there's usually enough room to let them pass.
probably wouldn't do it again for fun, but for exercise it's good

Trek as long or short as you want. Looks easy, but it's not!

hiking
3 months ago

Very windy and I almost stepped on a tiny baby Rattler on the trail! A bit unnerving.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of trails to choose from and lots of sun. Had meant to do the Zorro trail on my off day for an easy run but stumbled upon these trails. Pleasant surprise. Will definitely be going back to venture some of the tracks I didn't cover. Lots of bikes but this me some time to rest on some of the steeper inclines. Great space

Great trail - steep start and finish but easy dirt roads and trails for the middle.

Nice short hike if you are looking for a quick workout. Good views of Golden and beautiful rolling hills looking back towards the mountains at the top. Veer left at the fork for a longer but more gradual incline to the top. Plenty of bikers so stay alert and move off the trail when they come by. A great weekday evening option.

Beautiful hike but very busy. I would definitely try and car pool as most people don’t. Also, watch out for mountain bikers, you have to move frequently to get out of their way.

I love this quick little hike and do it often but today there's swarms of what looks like flying ants at the top on the rock! 7/16/18

3 months ago

Good area to hike with several different trail options. Good variety with forested areas and meadow areas with good views.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. Moderate. You will see snakes. Be careful. Lots of mountain bikers too. Be aware of your surroundings, share the trail and you will do fine.

short, goes through subdivision. pretty flat.

It was a fantastic hike! Very steep at the start but beautiful once you get to the top. Family-friendly experience, one of a lifetime! We saw a snake as well. Bring water!

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