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Raccoon Trail is a 4 mile 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: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 754 feet 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

2 days ago

This is a fun hike, full of fields of wild flowers, rocky narrow inclines inside of well developed forests...I appreciated all the shade. The trail was well marked. The panoramic view at the top is drivable to, to start the hike you park in Reverend Ridge Campground or at the Panoramic View...either place has a $9 daily park pass..that adheres inside your car window. There is a bathroom at Panoramic Viewpoint, picnic tables and decking to see the view well. We walked the trail clockwise and were happy with that choice for difficulty reasons. The trail was quite busy for a Monday afternoon.

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2 days ago

Very pretry

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2 days ago

Great trail to see wildflowers right now. Went counter clockwise and thought it was a great choice. Incline is a bit intense for half a mile but nothing crazy. The view at the top is beautiful. When you get to the actual panorama point there is a parking lot that you have to cross but it goes right back into forest. Well marked, in great condition.

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3 days ago

A good trail with some really great views

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3 days ago

Good, short trail done in just about two hours. Tons of columbines right now!

4 days ago

Moderate with awesome views of the Continental Divide.

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5 days ago

Good hike to panoramic point. Decently crowded not very difficult.

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6 days ago

Went on a Friday afternoon right at noon. Plenty of parking. $9 fee for state park day pass. No mud, hardly saw any other people. The panoramic view at the top is amazing. Very nice hike with my wife, 19 year old and six year old.

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11 days ago

Loved the views. People with families were out for Father's Day hike. Still it wasn't overly crowded. Some people respect distancing, some don't. Perfect hike - incline and descents - I was happy to have brought my poles . We parked at the campground, lots of spaces when we got there just before 8:30; when we came back out, there weren't any spaces. There's a bathroom with running water. A nice cool day for a hike and like I said, the views were gorgeous.

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12 days ago

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14 days ago

Started at the panorama point lot. Get there early since it is a small lot and you may have to park on the side if there is room (there is a fee to park!!!!). Pretty hike overall. Lots of shade. A little steep in some areas, but I did this with two kiddos (5 & 7) who were tired at the end, but we made it in about 3 hours since the kids stopped a lot.

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rocky
16 days ago

This trail had great views with a good balance between inclines and declines, as well as with shade and sunshine. Lots of pine pollen in the air but it wasn’t much of a bother. I’ll definitely be back in the fall :)

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17 days ago

Lovely hike! No snow or mud. Plenty of trees and wildflowers.

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18 days ago

Download the map to ensure you turn the right way. Good mix of shade and sun but would be very hot on warm days. Lots of people.

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18 days ago

The hike up was pretty steep in spots but had level sections in between to make it a little easier. The view from Panorama Point is absolutely worth the hike up, amazing views of the Continental Divide.

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18 days ago

$9 fee to park/hike. Totally worth it. Parked at Reverands camp ground. Facilities are nice. Hiked down and looped to Panorama Point and back. 4 miles total. Some moderate/incline but good mix of everything. Beautiful views!!! And overall just a really well kept trail. Wasn’t too busy which totally thought it might be. Would def do again.

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rocky
19 days ago

Beautiful wild flowers. Excellent views of the mountain. Perfect moderate level.

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20 days ago

Quick and easy from prospector or windy trail campsite. Great views at the end of Dillon Lake!

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21 days ago

Super nice and mellow. Some steep parts but minimal. Periods of shade and great views from the top.

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rocky
22 days ago

The views are phenomenal, for minimum effort. Seemed like mostly tourists since it connects to the campground but had the trail mostly to myself (Wednesday, mid-day). Well-marked. Mostly a gentle walk but the inclines can feel pretty steep.

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rocky
22 days ago

Beautiful shaded trail with great views of the mountains! This trail is well-kept with lots of signs for directions. If you go clock-wise there is moderate incline in the beginning and the end.

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23 days ago

Great trail! Some parts have rocky and uneven ground. Recommend wearing sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support. Lots of squirrels on the trail!

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23 days ago

This trail was a fantastic experience. Steeper inclines balanced with comfortable walking distances, gorgeous foliage, and well maintained facilities. Best view was slightly north 1/4 mile of Panorama Point at the rocks, as the trees are encroaching on the viewing platform.

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24 days ago

Lovely trail, temperature in the 50’s, perfect weather. A quick fun hike and workout. Great views on top.

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26 days ago

Did this loop with my 10 and 6 year old kids. Was fun, great views. We parked at the campground early and had no problem finding a spot.

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26 days ago

Great trail! Recommend going clockwise as someone else below said. If you do, there are a few steep points on your way to Panorama Point, but very doable for the average hiker. Great views all throughout!

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great!
27 days ago

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27 days ago

Really pretty and easy hike with great views. Arrived at 9am and trail was very quiet to start.

28 days ago

Arrived at 6:40... camping sites were packed but none on the trail til we finished around 8:40. Beautiful Aspen Grove and views of peaks. Go counterclockwise to end with vistas. A few stretches of challenging uphill, rocky climbs.

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29 days 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!

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