Coyote Trail

moderate 115 reviews

Coyote Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 967 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

hiking
1 month ago

Tried to get there today and the toad was blocked off!! So sad

hiking
4 months ago

Cool rocky area to boulder climb. .8 mile from Coyote Trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

On 9/23/19, we parked at the Old Barn Knoll lot and headed out on Mule Deer trail toward the low-lying meadow on the parking lot side of the road. We proceeded through areas of beautiful golden aspen stands and tall grass on a narrow path to the next parking lot, about a mile. We crossed the road to this much smaller lot and took Coyote trail up from there. The first section is quite a good ascent. We passed a historic structure that once served as a moonshine production building! We soon came to a significant rock scramble. Your heart rate will get elevated! Eventually, the trail levels out as you continue through forest. The trail ends in Fraser Meadow, where we connected back with Mule Deer (to the right) to begin our way back to the car. Along the way, very close to the juncture of these two trails, you will see the old barn itself. From this point, it is almost exactly 2.5 miles back to the Old Barn Knoll lot. Much of the trail is through forest, although there are eventually several open areas. Putting these two trails together gave us a hike of 6,3 miles. The fall color was fantastic, late Sept to early October is definitely a wonderful time to go. A mile from the end, Upper Mule Deer and Mule Deer trails separate. If headed to the Old Barn Knoll lot, stay on Upper Mule Deer.

hiking
5 months ago

with Chris and Scott

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful morning hike.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great, lightly trafficked hike. You are likely to be one of few people there (especially if you go in the early evening). Beautiful pine forest, with a section of steeper uphill switchbacks, but the view at the top is well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Saturday afternoon, only passed a couple of other groups. The hard bit is at the beginning it gets steep with a scramble to the top, then levels out to a smooth hike ending at an historic homestead in a meadow. perfect for a day trip. An $8 day pass or a state parks pass is required to park, self pay stations are at the park visitor station and at the fishing pond to the east.

hiking
6 months ago

Great out and back hike. There is some steep so take your time.

hiking
7 months ago

Went on a Sunday around 10am and there were still a few parking spots. Starts with a steep incline with switchbacks and boulders. Then it leveled out to long grasses, meadows, aspens, and tons of wildflowers. You can easily hop over to Frazer Meadow at the end which is a must-do. Good amount of shade, too. Just loved it!

hiking
7 months ago

Requires a state pass

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is extremely beautiful!! The beginning is quite intense and a little scramble over some rocks. Once you pass that it’s pretty easy. Wild flowers everywhere!! One of the prettiest hikes I’ve done in a while. Along the way you pass an old historic moonshiners cabin which is really awesome!

hiking
7 months ago

Have great views at the high points clever crowded

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scramble
7 months ago

Loved this trail. 6 yr old and 13 yr old had no trouble with the 1st mile...a steady incline to a scramble at the top. The next mile out was mostly down hill through meadows. Would have been perfect if we hadn’t got caught in a Colorado Mt. thunderstorm. Left the rain coats in the car (rookie mistake) and my 6 yr old thought he was going to die in the cold mt wind & rain. Trek down wasn’t really slick...just a few puddles to avoid and we made it safely back in record time. The sun came out and we beat the next thundercloud to be able to drive down the mt. fairly dry. The end of the trail connects to at least 2 others at the end, including a panorama lookout, and mule deer trail. Would love to go back and hike further. We loved it! We arrived around 9 on a Friday, plenty of places to park, and just a few other hikers passed us going up and a group of kids who had camped up on top the night before on their way down (we stopped to whittle wood and make stone weapons several times). Otherwise, very lightly traveled.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Excellent day hike. July 5 2019. Not busy. Rated as ‘most difficult’ on the National Park map. Moderate is appropriate skill level. Initial climb is well worth the view and the easier 2nd half of the trail. Epic views from the top of the mountain. We loved this hike. Saw maybe 10 folks whole day.

hiking
7 months ago

We only went halfway to a scenic overlook but we enjoyed it! Seemed harder at the beginning but I think we were just adjusting to the elevation.

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over grown
8 months ago

9 months ago

A bit on the steep side with a fun part where you need to scramble. Trail is clearly marked with some beautiful views.

9 months ago

No traffic, windy.

hiking
10 months ago

No traffic what so ever, I didn’t even see another car! The view point is about midway up the trail. Moderately challenging, with 75% tree coverage and just a few snowy spots. Cool cabin and old car at the beginning of the trail.

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snow
10 months ago

Love this dog friendly trail. It starts with a moderate incline through the trees. Currently the trail has patches of snow on and off. The hardest part is the rock scramble at the end because there is some slick ice on it. We made it just by going very slowly, we didn’t use yaktrax. Great viewpoint from the top.

Tue Jan 15 2019

Can’t comment on the actual hike yet. Went on 1/13/18 and the gate was closed so the road to the trailhead was not accessible! Not sure if it is closed for the winter or just because of the recent snow.

Sun Sep 16 2018

We were not ready for this trail however it was well worth it! The view from the top is amazing.

hiking
Sat Sep 08 2018

Beautiful day. We started out late to avoid crowd. Having done some trails in this state park, I was curious about this one, which turned out to be Coyote. The trail is rated difficult and we started out late, we were not ready to do this We proceeded just 1 mile. Beautiful trail. We intend to come back.

running
Wed Jul 18 2018

beautiful! definitely going back for some fall colors in a few months...gave me a great workout when combined with Mule Trail all the way to Panorama Point.

Thu May 31 2018

If you actually look around and stop every now and then, you actually noticed some pretty amazing views. We took mule deer to coyote, and I found it mildly challenging and a lot of fun.

hiking
Sun Apr 22 2018

Earth Day! Two 9 year old boys, one lazier than the other, hiked bootleg-coyote-mule-barn- bootleg. We started around 10 am, stopped for 2 picnics and ended at 2:45. We had fun, likely will not return until fall to this trail. The meadows are filed with aspen and that will be gorgeous in October.

hiking
Mon Dec 04 2017

We did Coyote to Mule Deer and back to Bootleg Trail Head which makes for a nice 7 mile loop. The first mile on Coyote is pretty challenging with a steady uphill climb and some three point rock climbing before you hit the plateau. Once you reach the top the rest of the hike is fairly easy. Great views at Panorama Point and a perfect spot to stop for lunch. Coyote is pretty quiet most of the time and no bikes are allowed. Mule Deer can get crowded and watch out for bikes. This is a good trail for a quick get away from Denver.

hiking
Mon Nov 27 2017

I truly found this hike quite boring and uneventful. No spectacular views. A decent amount of effort required with no reward, in my opinion. Glad I did it, as I love exploring, but don’t need to return.

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