|Park/Forest||Gateway Natural Area|
|Trailhead||Black Powder Trail|
|Distance Roundtrip||1.7 Miles|
|Elevation Start||5358 ft|
|Elevation Gain||≈ 410 ft|
|Dogs Allowed?||Yes, on leash|
Gateway Natural Area is a great park that is a close drive from Fort Collins but feels more remote. The Black Powder Trail is a short hike but climbs quickly in it's 1.7 miles. It affords great views of the old water filtration plant, Seaman Reservoir and the Poudre River. You can check out the 0.1 mile Viewpoint trail on your way up to add to the hike.
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Gateway Natural Area is about 15 miles northwest of Fort Collins. Take Highway 287 to Highway 14 and go west about 5 miles. The entrance is on the north side of the road.