Black Powder Trail

Difficulty
This reflects the 10Adventures difficulty rating for each route. We aim to keep ratings consistent across regions.
Very Easy
Duration
This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
1h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
2.4 km
Elevation
This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
131 m
User Ratings
These ratings are completed by users who have completed this trail and not subject to reviews by 10Adventures.
Be the first to add a review!
Directions to Trailhead

The Black Powder Trail is an epic family-friendly nature hike in the Gateway Natural Area. Hike along the Cache La Poudre River, past historic mines and to a scenic meadow overlook. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city in the rear-view mirror and escape into the wilderness.

Guide-book quality info for over 8,000 trails

View Black Powder Trail on Map

View Map

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

Route Description for Black Powder Trail

The Black Powder Trail is the perfect family-friendly nature hike. Get your legs moving as you trek along the dirt path to a scenic overlook of the Poudre Canyon. Note this route is almost entirely exposed, so lather on the sunscreen on a sunny summer’s day. There have also been snakes spotted in the area, be mindful of your footing and keep your distance from wildlife.

Begin your adventure around the Black Powder Loop from the trailhead. Take the bridge across the river, and trek northeast. At the junction, veer right up the Black Powder Trail. Navigate the switchbacks up the steep terrain. Notice the bristlecone pines that dot the surrounding wilderness and the remnants of historic mines. Trek up the route and from the next intersection, you can complete the loop in from either direction. We headed clockwise around the circuit. Hike around the path and enjoy the impressive vistas of the Cache La Poudre Canyon and river below.

Complete the loop, then take the Black Powder Trail back to the trailhead and parking lot.

Getting to the Black Powder Trail Trailhead

The Black Powder Trail is in the Gateway Natural Area off Poudre Canyon Highway.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

Black Powder Trail Elevation Graph

Weather Forecast

Check Area Weather

Black Powder Trail Reviews

Add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Nearby Trails

Nearby Regions

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

Tours

Routes

Blogs