The more I photograph at the Section 16 (Square Mile) trail in Black Forest, the more I adore it.
This trail, 4 miles long approximately with many points to enter, is just bursting with opportunities for unique and beautiful backgrounds throughout the year, although the warmer months are my favorite here! Wildflowers can be abundant in late spring and summer. The ponderosa pines provide a beautiful background and filter for the bright Colorado sun, and sunsets here can be truly stunning. The trail itself provides a whimsical, imaginative backdrop as it meanders into the distance behind you. Deer often show up unexpectedly. In a few places, Pikes Peak stands out partly thanks to the devastation of the Black Forest Fire in 2013, which thankfully did not cause widespread damage in this area but did clear some areas on the acreage.
The trail is even a fantastic spot to shoot in the winter when it snows! As long as you can travel the paved roads and get into the parking area, it's a very short distance to some gorgeous snow photos. Check out some examples below!
Another wonderful thing about the trail - no permits required! And other than hikers, it's not very crowded here. Sometimes we just have to pause so you have a clear background without a bunch of hikers and bikers. :)
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