Black Bear/Horseshoe Loop

MODERATE 34 reviews

Black Bear/Horseshoe Loop is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Central City, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1492 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 day ago

Nice fairly short hike through mostly wooded trails. Don't expect many aha moments but there are some nice snow cap shots. Strenuous and rocky at times but should be doable for most. Make sure to have a map. To follow the trail as it is shown here, there are lots of turns. The trail is well marked but pay attention in the area around Ralston Roost as it makes its way through rocky terrain.

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2 days ago

Did the black bear trail. Great hike, great views. Coming back for camping!

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21 days ago

This trail is fine, but not one you'll be telling your friends they HAVE to do. The colors were starting to change last weekend and there are some great aspen groves along the trail, which were very pretty.

The thing this trail lacks is sweeping views of the surrounding valley and mountains. There are spots where you can go off trail to find a ledge with views, but the majority of the trail itself is in the trees.

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26 days ago

Pretty hike! Spot on for distance. You do need a park pass so stop at the station right before the turn to the trailhead if you don't have one. Some of the Aspens were just starting to change when we went last weekend. I imagine it will be even more beautiful in a few weeks.

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1 month ago

Great trail. Some loose areas and steep moments but not too difficult.

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