Black Bear/Horseshoe Loop

MODERATE 20 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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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1 month 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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1 month ago

Great hike!

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2 months ago

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2 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.

2 months ago

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2 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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3 months ago

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