Ginny and Powerline Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Ginny and Powerline Trail Loop [CLOSED] is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Masonville, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length8.5 miElevation gain1,637 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeClosedNo shadeNo dogs
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of October 2020, this park is closed due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/finder/bobcat

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Ivana Kovacic
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Hiking

trails were closed. mediocre workout.

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Charles Haithcock
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Wendy McDavid Meyer
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Hiking

Low key, rolling hills. Open areas get hot.

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Michael Richards
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Margarita Hernandez
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No shade what so ever pretty dead land there if you are bored and want to do it go for it not one that I would recommend that it’s a nice do!

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Stone Olson
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Hiking

Went with Dad. His longest hike. He says it nearly killed him. Really hot. Started around 8am. Need to start at 6 or 7. Brought 3L water just enough could have used an extra liter.

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Wren Green
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HikingNo shade

Seriously—if you don’t start before 8am, it’s unbearably hot. 100% sun exposure. Finished just under 2 1/2 hours— wasn’t sure if I was going faster or slower because of the heat. Either way I’m just glad it’s over. Not sure what all the huff about going counterclockwise is about. I listened to those reviews & went clockwise. Would have much rather done counter— if you do it like that, it’s slightly more mileage uphill but way way more enjoyable/less rocky & loose sandstone for the last 4 miles. Views were stunning but I won’t be back until winter.

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Megan Piel
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Ginny Loop was great, would definitely do again. Wish I would have walked further past the initial view of RMNP for a snack & break. Didn’t love the Powerline Loop. No shade, very steep, and rocky. Warmed up very quickly, bring lots of water.

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Ryan Pellatz
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HikingNo shade
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Laura Little
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

I am a go counter clockwise on trails.....well this time i got lost because all the trails are marked going clockwise. so i took a detour and went up part of the trail going clockwise. couldn't do the whole thing since i have other engagements, but had i gone clockwise i could have made it in the 4 hr. time frame posted. Enough about that! So the trails are very well taken care of. Like most have posted there is very little shade due to the 2000 forest fire that happened. I love the fact that they put little educational boards on the trail. I also like that there are no dogs allowed! Only down parts are the mountain bikers everywhere and the horse poop all over the trails. I can't wait to do it again!!!!

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Cloë Emnett
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HikingNo shade

The app kept glitching and wasn't keeping track very well and wouldn't let me start recording until a few miles in. luckily the trail was beautiful and easy to follow! (bring a lot of water)

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Ashlie Johnson
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HikingNo shade

Lovely, free and well-maintained trail. Not much shade, but the views are gorgeous throughout.

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bob snyder
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Hiking

6/13-clocked 10.5 miles clockwise including connecting trails and valley loop. Can only imagine how beautiful the forest was before the burn in 2000. Tons of wildflowers including wild poppies and hair bells, blanket flowers. Super views of RMNP snow covered peaks from final saddle, excellent ridge walk as you descend to power line trail. Cool rock formations here, pegmatite in a few sections. Really hot coming down, overall one impressive adventure

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Savannah Millburn
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Really fun trail. I went Ginny trail to powerline. Definitely sketchy (rocks) in some parts if you’re clumsy and can easily fall like myself . I clocked it at a little over 9 miles. Lots of wildlife, I saw deer, rabbits, and a fox.

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Katrina Woodhams
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Aimee Koopman
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Great trail! Did the loop counterclockwise. Steep incline up, but worth it!! Wildflowers were in full bloom at the top. Good view of the peaks at the top. Great trail. I’ll be back. Got there around 8am and lot was full- I lucked out as someone was leaving right when I pulled in. Get there early.

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Chris Morrison
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The trees were all lost to a forest fire several years ago and have not recovered. It's pretty barren with very little shade until you get to the ridge line. Most of the trails are shared with mountain bikers and some with horses. Still, it's a nice fairly long, moderately strenuous hike and worth the effort. *We got caught at the top of the ridgeline in a fairly severe, yet brief summer storm that had not shown up in the forecast beforehand. Took shelter behind a large rock. Take care to keep a periodic eye on the weather. You can't see them coming from behind the ridge until you get to the top, but it provides a great view of the westward mountains from there.

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Katarina Takahashi
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Interesting and differing scenery along this hike. Would also recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise. Started hiking at 6 am on a weekday. Only saw 10 people, most of them near the end of the hike - only saw 2 people for the first 7 miles. Parking lot was not full at 10 am. Good option for a social distancing hike.

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Scott Palfreeman
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As others have suggested, the counter-clockwise direction is preferable. It’s a steeper climb, but if the weather is hot, you get it out of the way early. Definitely start early in the morning if possible. The burn area is extensive, but unique in its own way. Great views at the top make it worthwhile. Take plenty of water!

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Chad Williams
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I also took the CCW route on this loop. I didn't mind the early climb up the Powerline Trail. It's one of the steeper climbs you will hike on the FOCO trail system, so prepare for it. I came down Ginny trail through the burned out Bobcat Gulch area at around 9am and it was already getting quite warm. It's an interesting experience (the Bobcat Gulch fire remnants) once. I loved the Powerline Trail ascent to the top side of Ginny Trail. I will make this an out and back and just do that portion in the future and skip the Ginny Trail descent through the Gulch. The views from the top of Powerline and the Meadow Bowl are amazing!

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Foster Hill
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