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Black Bear and Horseshoe Trail Loop is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,174 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Waypoints (1)
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    Beautiful View!

    Scramble up these rocks for a gorgeous view!

    39.84044, -105.42523

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Reviews (230)
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Recordings (212)
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A Rothman
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Hiking

Went clockwise starting w Black bear. If youre looking for a more strenuous hike go that way. Black bear trail was really fun, good rock hopping up top. Horseshoe was very tame, a nice easy on the knees decent back to the car.

Kat Cheshire
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Hiking

Nice trail. Lots of shade & good views. I hiked counterclockwise which seemed to be the more moderate route. And then you could enjoy the views towards the end of the hike on the way down! I also hiked the additional loop near the campsites. It wasn’t anything special just added some mileage and nature. :) One note, I hiked the weekend of July 25 and the stream was completely dry. So if you are looking for a hike with water for your pup to cool off in, this hike isn’t it. But plenty of shade on the hike; good wildflowers and wildlife!

Brandon Melkonian
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

awesome trail, finally saw a moose

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kunthea kry
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HikingFeeRocky

Trail is filled with Aspens and for the most part shaded. There’s a bit of a climb during the first mile or two but it’s not terrible.

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Mary Gilreath
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Hiking

We hiked the first 2.1 miles and did not appear to be halfway around the loop. Since it was starting to drizzle and there is a lot of open rocky mountainside on this trail we decided to turn back. Our total distance was 4.2 miles out and back and we were 300 ft from the top elevation so I think the full loop may be a bit longer than 4.6 miles. I’d like to return on a day with better weather to do the whole loop. Nice views. Steep in sections.

Fei Daly
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HikingFeeRockyScramble
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Jennifer M.A.
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HikingRockyScramble

Took a gamble and did this hike on a Sunday at 5pm. Took us about 2.5 hours going clockwise. Saw one group coming down and one elderly couple on Horseshoe trail. Otherwise, we had the place to ourselves. Views were okay, kind of blocked by the trees. Fun and challenging hike with plenty of shade. We were the last car in the lot when we got back :)

Nina S.
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Hiking

I actually did this hike with a friend a few weeks back. It was challenging, but the stream, aspen groves and views from the top made it all worth while. The trails can get a bit confusing since they intersect and cross each other so much but are marked and that is really helpful.

Sabrina Holmquist
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Hiking

Quad burn!!! This is one of my favorite trails. Arrive early; on a weekday morning we encountered no one, but weekends get busy.

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Mark Potter
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Hiking

Great trail, not too crowded. There are a lot of trail markers, but it’s still pretty easy to start following another trail at times if you’re not paying attention. Very steep in sections, plenty of viewpoints.

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Tony M
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Hiking

My wife and I loved this trail. Beautiful day with lots of sunshine and plenty of shade along the trail. Black Bear Trail gets pretty technical with scrambling at times, but it’s a fun challenge and trail is well marked. The beautiful mountain views at the top make it all worth it. If I could it over again I would start on Black Bear and take the loop clockwise to get the incline out of way early on, still a great hike either way. Also, when the Mule Deer Trail meets the Horseshoe, take a second to head over to Frazer Meadow. Beautiful scenery and the old Frazer cabin is worth your time. It’s only .2 miles and it’s good rest spot.

Ryan Gildersleeve
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HikingFeeRockyScramble

Lots of shade and steady inclines with some scrambling. Go clockwise to hit the best scramble.

Alex M
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Luke Anderson
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Hiking

Great trail, beautiful weather & scenery throughout the hike in both the wooded area and mountain vistas. The trail was also marked extremely well, posts ever 50 feet it seemed. 10/10 recommend.

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John Dalton
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Started around 10am on a Wednesday and saw only a handful of people. Definitely would recommend doing the loop clockwise, as then you’ll get all the uphill out of the way in the first 2 miles, rather than the first 4

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Jess Chen
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Hiking

Great trail with pretty views through out. Make sure to follow signs when you get on black bear because it gets a little confusing but is well marked. Only small patches of snow but nothing that you need special shoes for. Creek running alongside most of trail

Susanna S.
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Hiking

Good early season hike. Very little snow on second half of trail but otherwise clear (going counter-clockwise). Easy to moderate with low enough grade and only a little scramble at the top. Hardest part is the folks not wearing masks and barreling down the path. We saw ~40 other people and only 1/5 wore masks or made way for six foot berth. We won’t come back to Golden Gate unless it’s super early or late. No wonder the rangers had been kicking non-residents out—people can’t play by the rules.

Johnny Gutierrez
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HikingFee

Great hike with plenty of other routes to choose. Was technical and rocky in some places but great hike and views overall.

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Rhianna Fairchild
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HikingFeeRocky

Great trail on a such a beautiful day! A decent amount of snow and ice in the northern edge of the trail, but nothing and a little tread on your shoes and intentional stepping won't solve. Only saw 4 other people, spent 98% of my hike totally solo--I did start late (330). Would definitely recommend, but maybe in a few weeks for a little more melt.

Jake Morrison
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Hiking

Great hike. Only 2 other people on the trail. No need for snow shoes but definitely recommend wearing gaters.

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