Black Powder and Seaman Reservoir Trails | Gateway Natural Area
Bellvue, CO | 04/01/20| 3.23 miles | 527′ gain
Just four days after our first trip to Gateway Natural Area, Kyle and I returned to complete the trail we’d missed, the Black Powder Trail.
From the trailhead, we crossed the Poudre River and walked a short ways down the dirt road before reaching the Black Powder Trail sign (pictured above). From here, the Black Powder Trail heads up a ridge and offers views of the surrounding foothills. Portions of the trail travel through burn areas: the Picnic Rock Fire of 2004 and the High Park Fire of 2012.
There were many new springtime beauties. I saw my first pasqueflower of the year! (Finally a flower other than a dandelion!) Pasqueflower are always the first sign of spring in the Colorado foothills!
After the first big switchback, we came upon an intersection. Summit or scenic view first?
We took the short scenic view trail first, and although we found a very cool trail along a rock wall, we found the view to be underwhelming.
Even though we weren’t yet high enough to get a great view, we never regret checking out a short side trail. Once we were back on the main trail, we hiked up a few more switchbacks before we came to a viewpoint overlooking Seaman Reservoir. Four days prior, the spillway was completely dry, but today the water was flowing!
Now that we were nearing the top of the ridge, the trail leveled out. The trail forms a small loop at the end, ensuring views in all directions.
Since the Black Powder Trail was so short, we decided to walk back to the Seaman Reservoir spillway to get a closer look. Now that it had water in it, it looked a little different. Amazing the difference just four days can make!
Another great day in our local foothills, happy to see spring finally arrive!