Raccoon Trail is a 6.4 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.4 km Elevation Gain: 230 m Route Type: Loop

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This is an absolutely gorgeous loop that leads through fields and forests. You will pass by beautiful vistas and encounter excellent elevation. There is an old private cabin along the route and an easy trail back to Reverends Ridge Campground. Note: $9 to enter and park

hiking
1 day ago

My Apple Watch clocked it at 4 miles exactly with 850 feet of elevation gain-a few hefty inclines, but otherwise okay. The best views are when you take the trail clockwise!

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail. Arrived at 7:30, and plenty of parking spots spots. There is a card reader at the campground office of reverends ridge, which is where we started the hike. Not too many people on the trail, but those that were on it didn’t really wear masks. Loved all the aspen trees, which makes me excited to come back in the fall. Amazing views of the peaks. Panorama point is basically a boardwalk, and it was nice. Took us about 2 hours and that was with taking our time.

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

Great trail. Clear and wide. Few people. We encountered a handful of hikers and a dozen mountain bikers. Most of the trail was shaded. We left downtown Denver at 7 AM Sunday morning and arrived at Reverend‘s Ridge Campground at 8 AM. We had no trouble finding parking, but there weren’t many spaces to be had. When we left 2 hours later, cars were parked along the main road because the primary parking area was full. Clean restrooms were located near our parking spot. There was also a cash box/ credit card reader to pay the park entry fee. The ranger station was closed. We walked the Raccoon loop plus a portion of the Mule Deer Trail. The distance, including the section of the Mule Deer Trail, was 5.25 miles and it took about 2h20m, including the time we stopped at the panoramic view. The panoramic overlook was *breathtaking*. I would definitely do this again.

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3 days ago

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

Great trail that is nicely marked so you don’t lose your way. Amazing views and not many people.

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8 days ago

Great hike (as always) and not as crowded as many of the other trail heads in the park that we passed. About half of the hikers masked up when we couldn’t stay far enough apart...

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8 days ago

It was lovely. No cell service so we got lost for a moment but got on track just fine.

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10 days ago

Saw 6 poop bags, 3 hikers and 1 biker today. Gorgeous view at panorama point

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11 days ago

Stunning views of Colorado’s finest ranges. Starts and ends with a steep hill, but not too difficult. Picture is taken just before the Panorama Peak. If you have time to stop here and take in the beauty and tranquility, make sure you don’t miss it.

hiking
11 days ago

Lovely trail. Fairly shaded, plenty of rocks and tree roots to watch out for, but can definitely be done with tennis shoes. Has some steep inclines and declines, but the majority of the trail is easygoing. Took us just over two hours for the full 4 mi loop. Trail starts at the campgrounds, which is a much better alternative parking location than panorama point, which is about halfway through the loop. Fee is $9 for a day pass, and can be paid by credit card. We got there at 9am on Saturday and there were tons of spots to park; was getting pretty full when we took off around 11am.

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11 days ago

Great family hike. Not to crowded.

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washed out
11 days ago

Great dog-friendly trail with some pretty remarkable views within the front range. Trail can be quite busy mid-day so I recommend going earlier in the morning.

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12 days ago

Great trail. Amazing views, good shade throughout the hike.

recorded Raccoon Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful day, great hike. Has some light, challenging hills but overall a good moderate level.

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17 days ago

Trail was open! We saw two woodpeckers! There was some social distancing, but it is a narrow, rocky trail.

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26 days ago

went on 5/4 and the park was open!

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1 month ago

Gate closed. All area roads closed to non residents.

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closed
1 month ago

Attempted on 4/25 and were stopped by a park ranger at the trailhead notifying us that Gilpin county roads are closed to non residents and we needed to go back to our car and leave. :(

closed
1 month ago

arrived at 4 pm to park ranger closing gate.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Definitely need spikes for this trail. Only saw one other person the entire time.

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2 months ago

How people are rating trails like these as 5 stars is beyond me. Great views at Panorama Point (in the parking lot). The trail itself is a short loop with little to no views, with telephone lines alongside the trail for a third of the way. Worth it if you're already at the park and want to stretch your legs.

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2 months ago

Kind of a boring trail, only good view is the Panoramic viewpoint

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2 months ago

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