Hike the Black Powder Trail

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Distance

1.5 miles

Elevation Gain

450 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Josiah Roe

Epic views of the Poudre Canyon, Seaman Reservoir, and the Rocky Mountains.

The Gateway Natural Area, part of the City of Fort Collins public lands system, is a wonderful (and close to the city) place to begin exploring the many outdoor assets and activities found in the greater Fort Collins area.

The Black Powder Trail is a relatively easy, well-marked 1.5 mile out and back and leads to an absolutely fantastic view over the Poudre River Canyon. It is excellent for both hiking *and* trail running, particularly if you are working on your interval training. In spring the wildflowers are gorgeous.

The trail can be a muddy mess after a snow or rain, so prepare accordingly.

To get there take Highway 287 north out of Fort Collins approximately 10 miles and go left onto Highway 14 into Poudre Canyon for 5 miles. The Gateway Natural Area is well-marked and the Black Powder Trail begins at the northeast end of the parking area and immediately crosses the Poudre.

For more information you can visit the Fort Collins Natural Areas website for Gateway here.

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River
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Wildflowers
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