Black Bear/Horseshoe Loop

MODERATE 37 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
1433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

12 days ago

Hiked the first week of December. It is very rocky at parts and not much of a view except at the very top. Still a very wonderful trail.

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1 month 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 months ago

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

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

Solid hike for exercise, but the scenery could be better.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, weather was great. We got a little rain around 1230 ish, but not bad. Not very crowded at all. Beautiful flowers and scenery.

5 months ago

Awesome hike! There is some rock scrambling, but trail is very well marked. You also go through aspen groves which will be beautiful in the fall.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Well marked and a lot of variety to the trail. Went up Black Bear trail and came down Horseshoe Trail. Black bear trail was some what challenging but definitely doable with beautiful views. Took about 3 1/2 hours.

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5 months ago

Great hike!

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5 months ago

Went up the Horseshoe trail and down Black Bear. This was a very doable hike - only challenging part was a little bit of rock scrambling on the top. I think going up the opposite way would be considerably more difficult. Wildflowers were pretty. Very little traffic on a Friday.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike close to Denver and Golden. Went on the Sunday before memorial day and the Black Bear portion was almost empty. Just a couple other groups of hikers. The mule deer section of the trail was very busy on our way back to the trailhead. The Black Bear portion is a good, strenuous hike uphill, scrabbling over some boulder areas. You then go down and meet up with the mule deer trail. No wildflowers in the meadows on May 29.. I bet in a couple weeks it would be different.

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7 months ago

Enjoyable hike. Pretty view and wildflowers at Frazer Meadow during the correct season.

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