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Date Saturday  9/11/2021
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title : Black Bear Trail
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Carol Bennett
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult B
Trail Mileage 11
Elevation Gain 1800
Driving Distance



Covid Precautions - check latest in effect re carpools, masks and social distance between hikers -

Note to Leader:  this trail is open only August 1 thru January 31 due to raptor nesting.  It's a great trail but start early due to summer morning heat.

All participants will meet at Hildebrand Ranch and we'll do short shuttle, or divide into 2 groups for a key exchange.

Directions to Hildebrand Ranch: From Denver take I70 west to C470, follow C470 south to S Wadsworth Exit. Make a right/south on S Wadsworth and a quick right onto W Deer Creek Canyon Rd. TH/parking lot is about 1 mi down this rd, just past The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

We will start at HIldebrand Ranch, take Two Brands trail 1.6 mi to Black Bear Trail 6.3 mi to Deer Creek Canyon. We exit into Deer Creek Canyon Trail, will hike down Plymouth Mt Trail and Plymouth Creek Tr to the parking lot.  Return to Hildebrand TH in stashed cars. Once on Black Bear trail, we cross over a couple of rock ridges, and there's a flat area for 1 mi or so then climb up trails in Deer Creek Canyon and onto Plymouth Mt trails.  The Black Bear Trail is closed Feb. 1 through July 31 to protect nesting birds of prey.

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For more info Contact

Email is phone number 720-425-6124

Whenever you have to cancel out of a trip, it is your responsibility to do that online. I will see your cancellation. Here's how: Log in to>Members>My Membership>My trips> find this trip (all your upcoming trips are listed in date order). Click "cancel."
IN ADDITION: if you need to cancel the night before, or morning of, still e-mail  or text me so I don't mark you as a no-show.


I will l write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.

Please bring those of the 10 Essentials appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots with good tread, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. No low top hiker shoes on this one; no flip-flops, crocs, or tennies. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. 

Traction devices, such as Microspikes, may be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)

Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them.

No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.

NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.

Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.





Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.