Maryland Mountain in Black Hawk
Located 30 miles west of Denver in the heart of Colorado's gold rush hills, the town of Black Hawk sits in an area full of trail potential and mining-era riches. The City acquired the 600-acre property just north of town to create the Maryland Mountain Recreational Park and planners are quickly moving to build approximately 12-miles of trail for hiking, running, and mountain biking. COMBA got involved during the design & construction phase and successfully advocated for the addition of two bike-only, downhill-directional trails to the master plan.
Black Hawk's history as a mining epicenter inspired the first phase of construction, which converted an ore-hauling tramway track into a green-rated access trail. As of August 2020, construction of the park's singletrack is underway starting with beginner and intermediate level trails that bring visitors to the mountain's summit at 9,200'. The first of two bike-only, downhill-only trails is an intermediate level tread that descends 1,000' over 2.4-miles and delivers riders back to the trail head. An advanced level designated-use and directional bike trail is also planned through the most rugged section of the mountain.
The town also plans a substantial overhaul of its historic Gregory Street, which will include a casino-free walking mall with a brewery, distillery, shops and restaurants. Expect the options for post-ride food and beverages to expand along with the trails and put Black Hawk on your need-to-ride list.
Maryland Mountain Project Stats
Project Type: New trail system
User Groups: Mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners
Difficulty: Easy – Advanced
Distance: Approx. 12-Miles
Status: Trail Construction
Maryland Mountain Project Timeline
2000 - After years of working to resolve mining claims and Bureau of Land Management inholdings, the city of Black Hawk purchased Maryland Mountain for the purpose of creating an outdoor recreation area.
2014 - An initial master plan for trails and amenities was created by Mary Hart Designs; updates followed in 2019 and 2020. The plan provided opportunities to enjoy a variety of singletrack experiences and tour the historic cultural sites from the Colorado gold rush era.
2020 - Phase one construction began, tackling the tramway conversion and construction of the Hidden Treasure Trailhead on Hwy. 119.
Summer 2020 - Construction of the Maryland Mountain singletrack trail system by Black Diamond Designs and High Country Conservation, supported by volunteers from COMBA and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance.