Bear Creek Canyon Loop

3.88 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
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Ride up High Drive to the top (you'll know when you get there). Take the trail up to the right and continue to climb. You'll end up climbing about 2200 feet in about the first 4.5 miles. Take the right fork each time you have a choice and eventually you'll end up back on High Drive for the fast ride back to your car. This trail is similar to Captain Jack's but not quite as eroded or deep with gravel. There are some awesome stream crossings on the descent and some fairly technical sections (though nothing too difficult). A grueling climb but an awesome singletrack descent through the forest.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ July 16, 2003
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (16)

September 27, 2012
Review: Don't let the other reviews scare you this is a great trail. A nice lengthy singletrack that you can get a lot of speed on. Sure there's gravel but it doesn't kill the ride at all in my opinion. To get there climb up buckhorn then up trail 667 for about 1.5 miles until you begin a descent. At the end of the descent you cross a bridge then make an immediate hard right. If you like Jack's you should check out this trail.

Similar Trail: Captain Jacks, Jones downhill

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September 13, 2010
Review: Deep gravel with a drainage path in the middle all the way to the top, Then Deep gravel loose rocks, sand traps on the way down. Bring 6 inch wide tires at about 15psi and a bottom bracket with about 12 inches of clearance.

Similar Trail: anything in the canyon, its all the same

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June 16, 2010
Review: Deep Deep Gravel until your on the top of the hill. Going down is worse as your tires start swerving in the deep gravel. This whole area trail network has been beaten down by motocross bikes. If motocross bikes are not aloud then the trail is usually in pretty good shape. Good luck.

Similar Trail: Captain Jacks, Sections 16/Palmer Trail

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March 13, 2009
Review: Great local singletrack. It can be a bit loose and gravelly in places.

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October 6, 2007
Review: Most folks will end up pushing their rides up part of the moto-eroded, gravel infested, steep climb. But boy is it worth it. A sweet singletrack descent brings you to the creek where the real fun begins. Fast, rocky, and seemingly never ending with some great views and occasionals scary exposure.

Similar Trail: Buckhorn/Jack's/Chutes Columbine

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June 11, 2007
Review: I just rode this trail again this past weekend. This trail is insane fast at the bottom! GREAT DH! There are several spots this year where the loose gravel is a little worse than last, but nothing too bad. The creek crossings are deeper than in previous years due to all of our rain, but all of them are still fun. This is a must do for local riders! If you are looking for a longer ride you can combine this trail with other nearby rides to make it as long as you would like. We tied it in with Palmer Trail and Section 16 for about a 10 mile trip. It was a really nice combo!

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June 4, 2007
Review: Great local area trail. It is definitely better than Cpt Jacks during the summer, but after the first snow it gets icy very fast. As described this is a great trail to catch a downhill "high" on at the end. I've also seen deer on this trail and Mtn Goats off in the distance while I was at the top. If you know where to look you can also see some falls from the top of the trail (Jacqueline falls?). I've taken a dozen people on this ride and they have all been extremely happy at the end.

* Review edited 6/10/2007

Similar Trail: Buckhorn, Jones Downhill

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August 15, 2006
Review: Alright, I parked at the end of trail on high drive. The ride up high drive wasnt all to bad but up the trail was not the best. I had to walk in many sections due the the loose gravel and large rocks. The downhill is amazing though. There is also another was to access trail 666 without going on Captain Jack so much. You have to ride up the closed portion of Gold Camp for alittle until you hit the Jones Park trail. It's an easier climb that the Captain Jack's trail. Then when you get to trail 667 (Captain Jacks) you just cruize down to trail 666 and thats the fun downhill.

Similar Trail: Trail 665 (Other side of high drive at the top)

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May 23, 2006
Review: Killer climb for me. Parked at the section 16 TH and hit High Drive up and up to the Buckhorn/Jacks TH. Buckhorn to the fork, took a right (rather than going down Buckhorn. The trail then led to the Bear Creek Canyon. THe downhill was great, but a lot of surf and rock obstacles. Never really had to unclip. Fun ride. Worth the views. Down hill is better than Jacks, IMHO.

Similar Trail: Jacks/Buckhorn Loop from the Chutes

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September 19, 2005
Review: dont do this trail the opposite way, it is all pea gravel after about 3 miles and i had to walk my bike most of the way up. but the downhill that way is amazing!!!

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Bear Creek Canyon Loop MTB Trail 3.88 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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