Snowshoe Hare - Trail, Black Hawk, Colorado

Snowshoe Hare - Trail, Black Hawk, Colorado


Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a total hidden gem. It's a large state park with numerous trails, and most are not heavily traveled. There is a fee to enter($7 day pass), but anyone that lives in Colorado and enjoys the outdoors really should have a state park pass.

The Snowshoe Hare trail is rated as difficult by the parks department, and I would say that's an accurate rating. The trail is very rocky and rooty, with some extended climbs, and if you don't clear some obstacles expect to have to push your bike a bit to a flat spot to get restarted. There is nothing on the trail that is unrideable, but it will test even an advanced rider's skills.

The key to having the most fun on this trail IMO is to park at the Rifleman parking lot, and ride this loop CLOCKWISE. This gives you the most downhill on singletrack, with a .5 mile very steep climb on a dirt road. The Hare trail meets up with a couple of other trails so it's easy to get some larger rides in. If you add in the Mountain Lion trail, it is best ridden clockwise as well.

I rode this trail on a perfect July Sunday and saw 1 biker, and 3 hikers. The scenery is very lush and more like a ride you would find much deeper in to the mountains. I highly recommend it if you want to ditch the typical Front Range crowds.


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[Nov 21, 2011]
Weekend Warrior

I agree with the posted comments, but I've mostly ridden it counterclockwise from the Burro and/or Mountain Lion trails. I think that the State Park entry fees keep other riders off of the trail. I admit I would ride it more often if there was not admission fee! You can ride a good five plus hours here and there is a lot of vertical gain/loss.

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Burro, Mountain Lion, White Ranch trails, Centennial Cone

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