Black Forest Section 16 Loop

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Black Forest Section 16 Loop is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

Black Forest Section 16 is a square-shaped loop in the Black Forest, north of Colorado Springs. The trail is a fairly wide gravel path with very little elevation change. The area is heavily forested, providing some shade during your hike. It is open to non-motorized use and it's popular with horse riders.

Great workout trac

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I do this one often because it’s close to where I live. Nothing really special just a loop in the woods. There are some really pretty wild flowers. It’s a nice easy trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Really good trail. I did the loop one way and then went back the other. It was close to 8 miles total. I am going to go back and run the trail as it seemed like that would be another great use for it.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty easy to get some walking miles in. Nothing special.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great trail for building fitness, shaded throughout.

A good amount of people, dogs, and horses. A really easy trail with some elevation. A quick hike and a good place to trail run.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

This is a nice little trail, there's a ton of shade. The trail was still muddy and wet from the snow last week though. Lots of people, dogs on leashes, and horses.

9 months ago

Nice. A bit windy and cold today. Good workout. Took us 1hr with dog. Why can't people leash their dogs!!?? LEASH YOUR DOG IT'S THE RULES!!

running
9 months ago

Nice 3.8 mile loop. Wide sandy, well marked, trail through the pines with views of Pikes Peak. Several horses, walkers, and a few other runners. Several ruts on the trails but they are easy to avoid. The trail is not flat and has lots of hills both sharp and gradual. It provides a good workout.

hiking
9 months ago

Good, easy, couple mile trail. Horses and dogs on trail. Plenty of shade.

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike for those with strollers.

hiking
9 months ago

A trail I've been using since I was a little girl! It is a super fast loop to get a quick hike or run in, usually a cool breeze, never too busy, easy to find and access.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful day, few horse riders and plenty of families walking. Will return

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail! Especially if you want to do a quick 4 miles! Wish there was less horse poop all over it!

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is great.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

Tue Oct 02 2018

Great for an easy walking, near by the house.

walking
Mon Sep 10 2018

walking
Wed Sep 05 2018

Decent trail with lots of shade and trees. A nice 4 mile trail but never got away from view of the road or hearing traffic. 2-3 really steep hills, sand and wash-outs made it semi-difficult with a jogging stroller, but otherwise manageable walking. Saw some deer and a horse, so all-in-all a good time.

hiking
Wed Aug 15 2018

My phone app tracked the actual distance at 4.5 miles. There was a lot more sand and hills than I had expected. We brought the dogs who loved it but the 5 year old on a bike not so much. I had to push and pull her through the sand then she gave up the bike and walked. Well kept and peaceful.

Wed Jun 20 2018

A great run or hike with some ups and downs. Shady in spots.

walking
Wed May 30 2018

Great trail for an easy walk. Great to be outdoors for a bit.

Sat Mar 24 2018

Nice 4.2 mile loop on a wide trail! Dog , horse and bike friendly . Few hills . Protected area in the center . Look out for deer !

Mon Mar 19 2018

We really enjoyed this walk. It was a great area to walk as a group and let the dogs have fun! The locals are very nice

hiking
Mon Mar 12 2018

Nice easy hike. Took me an hour and a half to hike the loop. Stopped a few times to talk with some hikers and read a few informative signs.

Sat Mar 10 2018

Well maintained. Perfect for trail run or just walking dogs on a summery day (plenty of shade).

horseback riding
Tue Jan 23 2018

Easy trail, some ups and downs but nothing very tiring. Trail is wide packed gravel. Lots of trees for a good shady walk. Many trees are burned from the Black Forest Fire but life is returning to the area naturally. Visited this trail on horseback and had a really nice ride. A couple of good spots for a nice view of Pikes Peak.

mountain biking
Fri Oct 27 2017

nice easy ride for getting back into riding

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