Black Forest Section 16 is a heavily-forested square of 640 acres, with a 4-mile trail around the perimeter that is open to all non-motorized uses, including horses. El Paso County completed the construction of a vault toilet at the trailhead in 2013, with the support of the Friends Group, the Black Forest Trails Association.
This trail is relatively flat and you can ride around it in an hour and a half. The flowers are lovely in the summer and there are lots of large pine trees. There are a few boggy spots on the trail but you can get around them easily. The footing is all sand, so shoes for your horse aren’t necessary.
Black Forest Section 16 was minimally damaged in the Black Forest Fire of 2013.
Directions: Going east on Woodman Road, turn left on Black Forest Road and then immediately right on Vollmer Road. Drive for 4.5 miles and then turn left on Burgess Road. The parking lot is on the right.
For more information, contact the Black Forest Trails Association, http://blackforesttrails.org. They have volunteer workdays and work with the El Paso County Parks Department on events and projects.