Raccoon Trail

MODERATE 243 reviews

Raccoon Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
738 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

Absolutely gorgeous loop leads through fields and forests, beautiful vistas and excellent elevation. There is an old private cabin along the route and an easy trail back to Revends Run Campground.

hiking
8 days ago

Went on a foggy day and the views were still breath taking. 10/10 would recommend and am considering going back in the fall to see the aspen leaves change color

16 days ago

Very nice trail to get acclimated to Altitude. The entire trail is covered in snow reducing hiked MPH.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked this on April 30, 2018. Beautiful hike that started at reverends ridge campground. Our phones recorded the hike as 3.4 miles loop hike from loop A campground with a 730ft elevation changed. The beginning was easy with a downward switchback trail followed by open fields with a private cabin in sight.

On the ascent there was mostly flat paths with rocks and boulders thrown in. Small patches of mud and snow but overall manageable.

“The Summit” stops at Panorama Point that has bathrooms and a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains.

Definitely a must see and good 1.5 - 2 hour hike!

hiking
21 days ago

Descent climb with an awesome view! I’d recommended this plus one other trail in Golden Gate if you’re looking for a day full of hiking

hiking
21 days ago

4-29-18
Important things first: $7.00 to park, and lots of bathrooms (at and around trailhead).
Beautiful trail and stunning views. The trail is pretty well marked but a little confusing in some spots. Most of the trail is shaded. We arrived around 10am Sunday and there was hardly anyone else there.

hiking
1 month ago

Great for what we were looking for. Awesome views on the way to panorama point and at panorama point. Some spots were icy but we were wearing hiking boots and we were fine. Make sure to pay attention to signs to not go off the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

FYI: You have to pay $7 cash on entry to the park, and there is no human there to give change. You have to put your money in an envelope and drop it in a deposit slot that is too tiny to fit a bunch of coins in (we tried), so make sure you have correct change in bills!

The hike itself offers beautiful views of the mountains from a couple of different lookout points around midway, with most of the trail surrounded by forest. As of 4/15 there is a fair amount of mud on the trail and still a couple small patches of snow/ice, but nothing unmanageable in just boots. It was a nice hike to do with the dogs, and definitely on the easy side of moderate compared to other trails we’ve done. Enough incline to get your heart rate up in a couple places, but easy enough that we saw some people with kids on the trail. For us, hiking from Reverend Ridge campground to Panorama Point and back registered as 3.8 miles and 1 hr 45 mins.

hiking
1 month ago

Snow is almost all melted away. Had a hard time figuring out if we had gone on the right path since it converges with other trails. But great views and not too crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

I was here on the last day in March and the snow had melted to just a few inches so boots were enough to navigate the terrain. It was quiet and uncrowded and absolutely breathtaking.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike that wasn't crowded at all. Snowy in a lot of spots so I would highly recommend using your spikes for traction.

2 months ago

Seemed longer that 3.3 miles but well worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views along the trail and from Panorama Point. Didn't needs snowshoes, but traction devices increased speed and safety. A lot of time in the trees.

3 months ago

Always a great go to! Has a little bit of everything you'd want in a day hike!

4 months ago

Pretty good hike, 95% in the trees so definitely not one if you want big views. But it was nice! Snow pack on the whole trail and one area of ice but I felt like my normal hiking boots were enough. I followed suit and started at panorama point, it was probably just under 3 miles from there. It would definitely be good in the summer with all the tree coverage. Good hike!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a nice trail that gets you away from the crowds but note that much of it is on a north-facing slope so it's a lot cooler than most of the rest of the park Also it starts on a downhill so be aware that you will climb back to your car. The parking area is Panorama Point, which is a kinda fun place in itself .

hiking
5 months ago

Highly recommend for a quick morning hike. Took me about 2 hours although I did stop to take photos along the way. There’s snow in some places but overall the trail is in good shape right now. Panorama point is a beautiful lookout spot. Trail strenuous in some places but overall pretty relaxing.

hiking
5 months ago

Just strenuous enough and fabulous views await at the top. Great for doggie companions, too!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked just part of the trail with my mom before cutting back to the road towards our car. Great views, chilly outside of the trees in late November.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike with the kids.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this hike when the leaves were changing and it was beautiful!

6 months ago

This trail is beautiful and challenging. I was not yet accustomed to the elevation so I found myself having to take more breaks than usual.

6 months ago

Such a beautiful hike.

hiking
6 months ago

This is an awesome trail, just a little short. Excellent views of snow capped mountains and trails through large evergreens! It’s pretty challenging and rocky at parts, but that’s part of the fun. This trail is at 9k feet of elevation so it can be windy and cold. So much fun!

7 months ago

We made it to beautiful views with 5 kids including packing 2 of them.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike, great views, and beautiful fall colors! It’s a easy/ moderate hike! With a cool look out point at the begging!

7 months ago

Recommended by park ranger for fall colors, it didn't disappoint.

hiking
7 months ago

Went up Saturday morning and got on the trail around 8:45 - overall the trail wasn't crowded for a Saturday. It was cloudy and a bit drizzly, but there was a rainbow and some blue skies when we got to Panorama Point and it was beautiful. The aspens were awesome but quite a few have already lost their leaves, so I expect this won't last too much longer. Unfortunately we didn't spot any wildlife but there were lots of friendly dogs along the way. Great views all along the way!

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked Raccoon loop today and the aspens were stunning. I'm a novice hiker and managed this trail with my dog. Just enough uphill to get the hear pumping. Some nice shade for hot days.

7 months ago

The aspen trees are changing color! They were very gold today, will probably get more orange and red by the weekend. Perfect trail for hiking with dogs- enough shade to keep them cool but long enough to tucker them out! One hiker said she spotted some moose today so keep an eye out for wild life.

8 months ago

Great hike and views with the trees turning colors

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