Summary: This is a hike up a jeep road alongside a stream for the first mile. This road can be steep at times. As you reach the top, you arrive in a meadow surrounded by aspen with remains of a old mining town. When the road reaches the cabins and turns right, cut through the meadow on your left toward Blackhawk Peak. Stay low. If you continue up the slope toward the ridge, you will be going over and under fallen trees. Stay level and you will reach the saddle between Blackhawk Peak and the ridge. Continue up Blackhawk Peak. Return to the saddle and cut to the left. There is a trail that meanders behind the ridge and you can climb up to another unnamed summit. Once you reach the second summit, go down the slope and catch the same road down to the trailhead.
Trailhead: From the stoplight at the intersection of CO-119 and CO-219 in Blackhawk, go north on CO-119 for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn left and go 0.8 miles and turn left again toward the Pickle Gulch Picnic area. After 0.25 miles, there is a small road that takes off on the right side and heads up the hill. Park hill and start walking up the hill. (Lat:39.8407 Lon:-105.54735)
Trail Guides for Blackhawk Peak:
Personal Hike Log
by Keith Robinson ()
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: U.S. Forest Service Idaho Springs, CO (303) 567-3000
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Keith Robinson, who has posted 5 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Mike on 11/27/2011
This was a fun hike. The trail for much of the bottom mile is slick ice - I fell even with added traction. Good view's from the top. Ghost town was fun. Park at the Pickel Gulch Parking area, and continue to walk down the road, the second road on the right is the correct trail, did not have gate. Look for the stream on the left hand side of the road.
Reviewed by mg on 6/9/2011
does anyone know what the old town is that you come across in the meadow or who the cabins may belong too? Thanks a million
Reviewed by Tony on 4/8/2011
What a fun hike. I don't know why people would need a GPS to climb this mountain. For over 100 years people climbed mountains without GPS. I mean come on gadget boy, stop waisting so much time trying to get to the GPS coordinates and just climb the dang mountain. I could see the peak while climb up the road...it's not rocket science. The instructions are very clear and are exactly the way you get to the summit. Hiked the road up to the ghost town, took a left across the fields just like it says, stayed low and level until I got to the saddle just like it says, and hiked up to the summit...just...like...it...says. I didn't cross any rivers, a very good run for mountain bikes on the jeep road. There are no trails here, this is real climbin
Reviewed by JS on 5/14/2009
To get to these gps cordinates you must trespass on private property, and need rock crawling tires. I made it to the peak and back, although there are no distinctive trails. And by the way whoever wrote bikes on the user group has definatley never been there, I mountain bike, and there is no way. Good luck crossing the river guys.
Reviewed by Viewer on 8/5/2008
I HATE THIS HIKE!
Reviewed by Rich on 9/23/2007
This is a really nice hike. If you have a GPS with USGS integrated maps that show old mines, you can find a lot of cool ruins and abandoned mine sites (to be fair, you mostly find piles mine tailings. Some good opportunities for bushwacking.
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