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Sloppy, stick-to-your-boots mud. Save this one for another time of year.

Trail is definitely on the easier side of moderate. We hiked on a warm January day so the trail was quite sloppy due to the melting snow, but we still saw a number of hikers and mountain bikers, so the trail is quite popular. The Blackmer Loop section of the trail was by far my favorite section. It's unfortunate that the Sundance trail is so close to the highway, but the view of Cheyenne Mountain towering over the park made it bearable.

Pretty great trail, quiet, great views but the only reason I would give it 3 stars is because of the limited space to walk dogs. I mean come on it’s 2020 why are there not more trails for dogs in this massive park.

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1 month ago

Very well marked trail with varying terrain. Went on several trails with a total of 8.0 miles. Was a great Winter hike to stay in shape.

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fee
icy
1 month ago

beautiful..

on Blackmer Loop Trail

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muddy
1 month ago

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3 months ago

Great local trail with a variety of small climbs.

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3 months ago

Easy Hike

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5 months ago

Love this hike. Me and my wife did it and it was very peaceful and nice. We saw a deer.

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bugs
rocky
5 months ago

I’m new to hiking and this being my second hike I really enjoyed it. Throughout there was educational signs and benches which was nice. I will say however there are a few things to look out for! 1- when you get to this trail head (which can be kind of confusing to get to because the maps and signs aren’t super clear) go to the right side of the loop!!!! We took the left side and it was definitely more incline than if we would have taken the right side. I would say that taking the left is difficult while taking the right would have been moderate. 2. Beware of wasps/yellow jackets. We walked by a whole nest in a hallowed trunk and on a previous hike in the same park my friend was stung multiple times. 3. Has some really pretty views of the mountain however much of the scenery is the same.. this didn’t really bother me however due to the fact that the path kept things interesting with roots/rocks/inclines etc.

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5 months ago

Left side is more incline and harder, go right and you'll have more decline. Lots of rocks on the trail that are fun to run. Pretty good

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washed out
6 months ago

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6 months ago

Lots of scrub oak, not many views. Still a pleasant hike and fewer crowds since it's on the state park grounds. You'll have to walk a bit from the parking lot to get the trailhead. Take the Zook loop and you'll eventually hit it. Look for an intersection with a park bench and boulders. From the parking lot, it's closer to 4.5 miles for the entire loop. Not terribly strenuous, some mild up and down,

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7 months ago

Great hike, trail run, or bike route!

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bugs
muddy
no shade
8 months ago

Straight-forward hike. The south-eastern section will tease with some views of a meadow. As the trail ascends gradually, you'll enter the forest. Up until this point there isn't much shade. Once entering however you'll be under some tree cover. There are some spots up here where you can view the state park with Ft Carson in the distance. The trail finishes out at the northern end, just before the fork returns you to the campgrounds, with a nice green meadow and some tall grass.

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rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Very beautiful hike. The parking was up the hill and the trail was a little confusing to get to. We weren’t sure which trail was which till we just walked around and figured it out. A map stand in the beginning of the trail was there, but not before walking up a couple of hills. I took my 6 and 4 year old and it was pretty tough for them. We where there around 7 to 8AM. There was a few people on bikes and walking as well. My kids were hurting the last mile. I would be lying if I said I was I wasn’t hurting either. Some loose rocks in the area, but no mud. You can anticipate some wildlife. A lot of movement in the big bushes and some growling too. If you kept walking and continued your hike you will be fine. Take bear mace just in case and a small first aid kit. (My kids were sliding all over the place and especially more so when they got tired after the 3rd mile) Scrapes and bleeding took place here! Any who, enjoy the hike!

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8 months ago

This was such a great loop! Getting to the trailhead was an adventure in and of itself. This trail is only 18 miles from Colorado Springs (specifically, Old Colorado City) but it took us over an hour to get there because most of it is a dirt road. I WOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO REACH THE TRAILHEAD WITHOUT 4WD/HIGH CLEARANCE!! Forest road 379 is extremely rutted up, and there was a substantial amount of water to drive through. Be careful! We actually parked a little further down the road instead of driving all the way up to the trailhead (this is why my recording is 11.7 miles, the actual loop itself is 9). I think my truck could've made it, but I'm still new to using the 4WD and got a bit nervous. We did pass a bunch of jeeps and trucks on the way back clearly looking for places to camp, so it's absolutely doable...but not in your Honda Accord. One other thing to note: there were A LOT of people out target shooting on forest road 379! All good, but I warn for it in case you have a dog....our dog was very nervous walking/driving back down that road with all the noise. Everyone was super respectful and stopped shooting as we walked by, but just keep an eye on your pups if they don't like loud noises. This wasn't an issue on the trail (although we could still here the shots) , just the road in - and again, we parked much further down than was necessary. Your reward for getting to the trail is solitude, peace and quiet. It can be a bit confusing where to start as there's three different trailheads here, but just pick the middle one marked "701" and you're good. We chose to go counterclockwise once we hit the loop on the recommendation of the reviewer below me and it was good advice! We saw only a handful of hikers on this trail and only one biker, and not a single soul the entire last five miles. There's not a ton of elevation gain or views (although it does open up nicely in a few places!) but it's beautiful, with a creek running along a good portion of the path. It was very easy to follow except for one section (again, going counterclockwise): when you're coming up trail 668, AllTrails seems to want you to continue up 668 for just a portion, then double back to continue onto 720. We ended up losing the trail but by watching the line, intersected with it again in about half a mile. I can't figure out exactly what the recording is trying to tell you here and think it just might be wrong, as I'm pretty sure the reviewer below me and I got stuck at the exact some spot. We too just continued on a forest trail and linked back up with 720. Just watch the line here and be ready for some weirdness!

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muddy
11 months ago

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muddy
snow
Sun Feb 03 2019

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Mon Jan 21 2019

We opted for this hike because it seemed to offer more visual interest (and wind protection) than the more open meadow trails to the south, but the downside to this forested loop was that about a third of the trail was covered in mud or ice. We saw a couple of trail runners but otherwise we found pure solitude, despite it being the tail end of a holiday weekend. Plus, no highway traffic to be seen or heard in this corner of the park! We’ll certainly come back again when it dries out a bit.

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Wed Jan 02 2019

We participated in the "First Hike" this year on the Blackmer Loop Trail. It was a guided hike with about 12 participants. We took the Blackmer loop from the Limekiln trailhead for a ~5 mile hike. The volunteers and rangers provided hot chocolate, souvenir cups, and a fire for us before and after the hike. This trail was covered in ~2 inches of snow. There were 1-2 slippery spots with loose gravel or smooth rocks where my boots slipped. We saw three bucks, two doe, and several birds. The trail guide presented historical facts about Harry M. Blackmer. If you have some time, look up the "Teapot dome scandal" and "Blackmer v. United States" to better understand some historical background associated with the trail. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackmer_v._United_States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome_scandal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_B._Fall

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