Black Bear Trail to Ralston Roost

HARD 41 reviews

Black Bear Trail to Ralston Roost is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1263 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Taken at a leisurely pace this wasn't that hard- minor scrambling for a short section. Connected in to mule trail and came back down in horseshoe and back to black bear to finish out.

hiking
11 days ago

great trail, gorgeous views. a little close to the road but that's what you get with being so close to the city. trail shoes highly recommended. there are some good campsites as well. had a few ticks on us in ealy may, so to a check on your hike!

hiking
26 days ago

This is a 4.5/5 for me. the scenery was beautiful, nice wide shot of the snow capped mountains at the summit. And a decent workout for such a short trail. (We went clockwise and it was more of a workout than counter would have been.) Only reason it's not a 5 star is its too close to the highway. It was low, but you could still hear hums from the highway, and a large road suddenly appears down below once you hit the summit. Wasn't as secluded as i normally would like but it was quiet enough we'd go again.

26 days ago

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2 months ago

Very pretty surroundings and amazing views at the top. Trail was difficult to follow as it's lightly traveled in some parts. I think it was above the moderate rating provided on this site. The sign at the trailhead said "most difficult". Will do again and highly recommend to others. Just be ready for uneven footing the entire way.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Got confused on which way to go a few times when if goes through some rock patches, but for the most part it's pretty straightforward, first half of the trail has no ice, and very little muddy patches, second part- going down hill was pretty icy, not as easily reached by the sun. Gorgeous views and only saw 1 person the entire time!

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike. Some rock scrambling and lots of amazing views. A really great workout and very little traffic. Be careful though, it can be easy to lose the trail. There are markers where it really counts, but some points can be tricky. Easy enough to figure out in the end though.

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7 months ago

Nice challenge. I was 8mo pregnant and handled this just fine. There's some rock scrambling.

hiking
7 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It was rated "most difficult" but aside from a decent incline and some (beginner) scrambling, this hike wasn't rough at all! Some areas were a little confusing to figure out which trail to take to get back to the parking area, but I'm typing this which means WE MADE IT! Others complain about seeing "the road" but you can't hear anything and the views MORE than make-up for a strip of pavement. I recommend this hike - maybe not for the elderly or small children though.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I love this little hike. It's my go to hike for busy Saturday mornings, friends visiting from out of town, or when I just want a decent workout without driving more than an hour to a trailhead. Turn this trail into a loop by connecting with Horseshoe. This loop has some good uphill, a nice view of the Continental Divide, marmots, shade and some fun boulders and rocks to maneuver at the top (you don't need an special gear just your hands and feet). Golden Gate Canyon State Park requires a pass for parking and the nearby welcome center has restrooms, rangers to answer your question, an education center and gifts. This hike is dog friendly!

hiking
8 months ago