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Trail

5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,199' 365 m
Descent: -1,193' -364 m
High: 9,314' 2,839 m
Low: 8,225' 2,507 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by Max Krueger

A quiet and remote escape that provides exposure to a variety of terrain.

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Overview

This route provides varied terrain and a remote escape from the more crowded trails closer to Denver. Though the route follows all singletrack, there are some technical and rocky sections. The nice views of the bigger mountains just beyond make the tougher sections worth it.

Need to Know

There is $7 fee for a day pass at the state park. Park hours are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Temperatures can vary quickly in the mountains. Early season there may still be snow.

Description

From the parking lot off Hwy-57, follow the Black Bear Trail on a rocky climb from the Ralston Roost Trailhead up to the Mule Deer Trail. The majority of the Black Bear Trail is advanced singletrack with more technical sections including a short, easy scramble popping up closer to the intersection with the Mule Deer Trail.

Follow Mule Deer Trail for a short while and hang a right onto Horseshoe Trail Alternate. From here, the trail is a mix of singletrack and wider trail. There are some short rocky sections but mostly the trail is smooth. At about the 3.7 mile mark, this joins the main Horseshoe Trail and continues south.

Finally, near the end of the Horseshoe Trail, cut right across a small wooden bridge and follow Horseshoe Connector Trail back to the Black Bear Trail and ultimately the Ralston Roost Trailhead.

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Apr 20, 2019
E G
5.1mi
Feb 16, 2019
Joe Martinez
Steep hike to black bear peak 2mi Then mellow down hill 4mi Finished right at 3hr Spikes a must icy throughout 5.9mi
Feb 16, 2019
Mike Amolsch
705-1025! Wore spikes, icy!
Jan 26, 2019
Kimberly Taylor
w/ Kemar
Jan 13, 2019
Floyd Hartley
Deep, fresh snow. No need for snowshoes or spikes. 5.1mi
Sep 30, 2018
Michael Hall
Sep 22, 2018
Danny Wojcik
Aug 25, 2018
Alex Trujillo

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  4.2 from 9 votes

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