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Black Bear Trail at Golden Gate Canyon. Intermediate/Difficu­lt


Total distance: 6.8 miles round trip

Trail time: 4-5 hours
Degree of difficulty: Most Difficult (According to their website)
Starting elevation: 8,200 feet
Elevation gain: 1,120 feet

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Starts at Ralston Roost trail head. Some bouldering is required at the beginning of the trail, cairns help to mark the trail through this section. The trail reaches a summit at mile 2.25. The trail opens up at Rim Meadow, providing views of Mount Evans and Golden Gate Canyon. Ends at the Mule Deer trail.


We will meet in the visitor center by 9:45am. We will head out to the trail from Visitor Center by 10:00 am

This is a state park and there is a fee of $7 per vehicle. I have a pass and I can fit 3 people in my car.


Follow I-70 west to exit 265 for highway 58. Take highway 58 west to highway 93. Turn right (north) on highway 93 for approximately 1 mile to Golden Gate Canyon road. Turn left and follow Golden Gate Canyon road 13 miles to the Visitor Center.

What to bring

Water or fluids


Several layers of clothing, not just one big jacket


Hand and toe warmers - optional

Good hiking boots. Waterproof preferably

Wool socks and an extra pair as they may get wet

Gaiters - highly recommended

Poles - optional

Snowshoes - According to the website (from 1/28) There is no need for snowshoes. But as usual, if you have them, bring them. We'll investigate when we get there.

After hike shoes, clothes - optional

Apres hike


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  • Chad

    Forgot to ask exactly where people would be meeting at Wooly this morning. Waited there a bit, and then got to Golden Gate too late. So I went to White Ranch Park on my own. And I didn't have a smart phone or post my phone number.

    February 16, 2013

  • Paul T.

    Good hard hike, great group of people, fun food after, and overall great day1

    February 16, 2013

  • Boyd D

    Able to come; see you at trailhead,

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, double booked for today and thought I took my name off the RSVP list

    February 16, 2013

  • Dahlia

    Can someone meet me at a parking area, maybe the Mammoth, I get lost sometimes getting to a trailhead.

    February 15, 2013

    • Chad

      I'd like to carpool from Wooly Mammoth lot, too. Let me know. Thanks. Either one of you have a state parks pass?

      February 15, 2013

    • Chad

      I'll be out part of tonight. Will check messages later.

      February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going skiing!

    February 12, 2013

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