Explore the most popular hiking trails near Black Hawk with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
1 day ago

It's not a very long trail and not very difficult. It's probably a good challenge for a stock 4x4. I have also done this trail in the winter. That's a little more fun the ice can lead to a challenge and some Carnegie if your not careful.

on Raccoon Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike. Lots of shade and nice views. This would be a great hike in the fall as well with all of the aspen! Lovely wildflowers!

off road driving
4 days ago

Went through the trail in my 2016 Tacoma TRD Off-Road with 35 inch tires, and 6 inch lift. The trail had some difficult parts that took awhile to get out of. It also had some narrow sections where if your vehicle was and bigger than a Tacoma you might have a higher risk of scratches, so be advised. Over all the trail was fun and had the right amount of challenge. Would not recommend for a beginner, but it wouldn’t be impossible. On the trail we also came across two bull moose so keep an eye out for wildlife as you go.

Most of the hike in the trees. Better view on the hike than panoramic view (which you are can drive to).

If you are staying at the campground (which we were) the trail is worth the hike. Not sure I would make the drive just for this hike with so many other options in the area.

hiking
8 days ago

Wonderful little hike. I went with my 20 y.o. daughter and our 2 dogs. It took us about 1. Hour 40 minutes to do the loop. The old dog did fine, we had to give them water 1/2 way through. Loved the trees, flowers and a couple of pretty viewpoints.
Moderate family traffic on a Thursday.

We hiked this trail on 8/7/18. We set off at 9am, no other cars in the parking lot. Beautiful trail through forest and some meadows. The trail is very well marked; however, don’t be fooled at the top. You aren’t at the end until you meet a spot where other trails tie in. Some road sound until you get a bit higher and deeper into the forest. We would stop occasionally just to listen to the quiet. The entire route took 1 hr 47 mins. We plan to return in the fall, as there are many large stands of aspen trees. The only other person we saw was a guy riding his mountain bike back downhill. You can buy the day pass at a self-service place alongside the small lake on Golden Gate Canyon Road as you approach from hwy 93, just before you drive into the park. There is also one of these at the north end of the park.

08/04/2018
A small section closed near the top, take the Michigan Hill detour, which is easy to find.
I can't see why anyone would do this as a "there and back" when you can easily connect to a network of fun trails via Apex Road. make it a loop and come out Missouri gulch. - way more fun that way, in my opinion.

13 Wrangler sport, 4' AEV kit with Bilsteins, 35" open country's, aired down to 12. - Amateur driver.

on Raccoon Trail

hiking
12 days ago

This is a lovely hike! We started from Reverend’s Ridge campsite but ended up returning from Panorama Point the same way we had gone! It was a bit confusing.

off road driving
13 days ago

Definitely tested the limits of my stock '03 4Runner! This trail had a wide variety of rock scrambles, straddling stream beds and some great scenery.

Rough, hard and aggressive trail both up and down. Not for a beginner...a lot of straight up with steep switchbacks. If you’re a moderate hiker at least 4 hours to summit peak. Recommend sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles. Navigation is a little tough...follow cairns higher up and pay attention to surroundings as there is little signage.

14 days ago

Beautiful hike! Pretty easy. We had some great views and so manybpretty wild flowers. It would be great in the fall too with so many aspen trees.

14 days ago

Great outing, easy access from Denver.

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is 3.5 miles when you do the loop from Panorama Point (though the directions here will take you to the campground). I did it on a mid-July weekday and it wasn't too crowded and it was shaded throughout. There are a couple of uphills, but my older dog could handle it without trouble. The wildflowers are gorgeous right now, including the prettiest Columbines I've ever seen. The spectacular views and aspens would make this a worthy trail for your out-of-town guests.

Wonderful views counter clockwise. Incline at the beginning and at the end easy in the middle. Our dogs loved it.

hiking
20 days ago

I did this hike on 7/28/18 and I agree with Weston. This trail was NOT easy to follow. I got off trail twice on the way up. You will run into forks on several occasions and have to use your best judgment due to there being no signage at any juncture. I hiked 6.75 miles to the summit, and 5.75 on my way down. It was the most beautiful summer hike I’ve done in Colorado. I had a great time. Hiking the glacier was incredible and I had to put on my spikes. I arrived at 6am and did not see a soul until the last push towards the summit. To make this hike even better, I was greeted by a white, male mountain goat at the summit! When I got back down to the glacier, there was a large crowd (~11:30am). People were skiing and sledding down the glacier, and others were swimming and cliff diving into the glacier lake. This place is so much fun! I will definitely go back. Don’t forget to bring $5 cash for parking!

off road driving
21 days ago

Lots of fun. Stock Fj cruiser, used the locker a few time as well as the ATRAC. Definitely earned some Colorado pinstripes, as there are very narrow parts, especially when we made a wrong turn.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views along the entire hike. Definitely consider bringing trekking poles. They will help a great deal in a few sections.

trail running
1 month ago

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.

After 3 miles of off roading you arrive at a very clearly marked no trespassing, iron gate with 24 hour sercurity camera. Directions are way off.

Great hike with beautiful panoramic views. Couple short uphills but not strenuous. Wildflowers are out.

1 month ago

Good hike even in the rain..

hiking
1 month ago

Nice loop trail out of Reverands campground. The vistas at Panorama Point allow a great view of many Colorado peaks.

We got there as soon as the park opened so we managed to hike without much traffic. We hopped on at Panorama Point. There is a pretty good incline for a short distance depending on the direction you take the loop but aside from the trail was pretty easy. Mostly shaded and provides a really great view.

There doesn’t appear to be a clear trail along this route. It’s possible to climb the mountain but brush is somewhat thick and no trail or signs to be found.

very steep, very rocky at first. Was here last weekend and they're aren't opening the pass until the July 15th.There's still one snow drift but great views and the lake is no longer frozen

hiking
1 month ago

My family was camping at Reverends Ridge campground over July 4 week and wanted to do a loop trail. This is a nice trail, rocky in a few areas and has some steep sections to get your heart going. Good for trail running but watch your step. Not sure I would classify as difficult though. As others have mentioned there isn’t a lot of great scenery but a few nice granite outcrops. The trail is marked really well and crosses the creek a few times with sturdy wooden bridges. Other then a few people at dudes fishing hike we didn’t see anyone else on the trail which was nice.

Great park with all sorts of trails and historic places.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was amazing. We saw a moose on the way up. There are multiple different landscapes as you walk and the top overlook has an amazing view. We sat down and looked over the hills at the mountains for over 20 min. I would highly recommend this to any level hiker

amazing hike...gets your heart rate up the whole way up...incredible views at the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail IS NOT easy to follow. You have to bushwhack through multiple parts of this. There are like four false summits and you have to walk across the glacier for a good portion at the beginning, so bring spikes or poles if you’re starting early because the ice is super slick. Later in the day it gets more tactile! Tons of marmots towards the top too. It was an awesome hike though, and you get dope views at the top. One thing I would do different: bring board shorts or a swimsuit for a full on dip or cliff jump into the glacier lake after the hike. I waded in up to my knees, and it was glorious.

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