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    Black Powder Trail

    Difficulty
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    Very Easy
    Duration
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    1h
    Distance
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    2.4 km
    Elevation
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    131 m
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    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.

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    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

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