Bear Creek Lake Park

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10
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Beginner

Singletrack
↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 2,000 ft
9.8
avg mph
221
ridden
88
wishlist
1:59
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
3.36 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Siberian Gramcounter on January 6, 2005
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This is a good trail system to ride when the foothills and mountains are covered in snow. Located just to the south of Green Mountain, it provides a close-in alternative for riders to get some exercise in the winter months. I rode it in late December and was practically the only person in the entire park. The trails are generally singletrack, although a few are shared with horses (with associated issues). There is one minor hill climb but many ups and downs throughout the park. There are a variety of trail options and directions, but given the size of the park, it is impossible to get lost here. Ridden at high speeds and high energy, you can still get a good workout on this system. Most of the trails are well kept and the ones I hit were very low on the technical scale. Probably similar to the trail that goes around the western base of Green Mountain. Nonetheless, it made for a nice change. I believe the park also hosts a MTB race - which is what got me curious enough to check it out.
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Hugh2004a on August 7, 2014
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Review: This a fun place to ride that is close to town and covenient for when time is short. The trails aren't very difficult, but a good workout is easy to get with a few fairly short climbs. Plenty of trails make it easy to add a few miles to your route or cut it short if needed. Remember that rattlesnakes live here - a couple have reminded me this year. This is a Lakewood city park, not a state park, so the Coloradodo parks pass won't get you in.

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Lindsey Ames on July 8, 2014
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Review: Great way to increase your endurance at a lower altitude before heading up to the high country. Mount carbon is a fun loop and cottonwood has a nice flowy singletrack section through the woods. Just make sure to go when it's not blazing hot since most trails are exposed and you don't get the lower temperatures of being up in the mountains. This is definitely going on my list for rides to do in a time crunch as the location is very convenient and you can really clock some miles if you want. Just make sure to park somewhere outside the park so you don't have to pay the 7$ (yikes) fee. And I believe they had a sign up that said Colorado Parks passes aren't valid there (didn't find verification on their website so if you're a pass holder, you may want to call to confirm this).

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Mountaineer19 on June 13, 2014
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Review: There is some pretty fun singletrack all around the Bear Creeak Lake area. Its close to Denver and if you live in the SW and can bike to it from your house its pretty cool. There are just some side trails that are pretty fun for close to Denver. Not very steep but Fun to Explore.

Similar Trail: Green Mountain

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FullSail on May 25, 2013
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Review: This was my first ride as a recent transplant. Having come from Delaware where I rode just a little above sea-level, the altitude is a huge obstacle. That being said, you guys and gals have it made out here. I'm going to ride this trail until my lungs stop feeling like they are on fire before I move on to some of the more interesting and technical trails. There is a nice view of the park from Mt. Carbon, prairie dogs galore, and I even ran into a gaggle of geese near the lake that hissed and flapped at me. Final summation; Great trail to get used to the altitude. Little to no shade, but cool views of wildlife. Fun little downhills!

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tikigoddess on May 13, 2013
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Review: Most of the reviews here don't do justice to just how pretty this park is. Yes, this trail is pretty easy. No real technical challenge except for the uphill section on mt. carbon. There are a lot of loose rocks too so maneuvering through can be a little challenging for a beginner. The downhill part overlooking the reservoir is pretty neat. Just off Mt. Carbon is the Cowen trail which is the perfect place to spot prairie dogs, birds and even coyotes. You can either take the larger dirt packed road on the left or follow bear creek trail all throughout for some pretty scenic single track. Lots of people come to the park on the weekend, so avoid it if you can. Overall, when you are bored of riding through this trail there are so many other activities this park has to offer. Bring a fishing pole or have a barbecue and a picnic with family and friends or head out to the nearby Morisson town for a few margaritas and just have fun.

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tikigoddess on May 13, 2013
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Review: Most of the reviews here don't do justice to just how pretty this park is. Yes, this trail is pretty easy. No real technical challenge except for the uphill section on mt. carbon. There are a lot of loose rocks too so maneuvering through can be a little challenging for a beginner. The downhill part overlooking the reservoir is pretty neat. Just off Mt. Carbon is the Cowen trail which is the perfect place to spot prairie dogs, birds and even coyotes. You can either take the larger dirt packed road on the left or follow bear creek trail all throughout for some pretty scenic single track. Lots of people come to the park on the weekend, so avoid it if you can. Overall, when you are bored of riding through this trail there are so many other activities this park has to offer. Bring a fishing pole or have a barbecue and a picnic with family and friends or head out to the nearby Morisson town for a few margaritas and just have fun.

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tetontom on October 1, 2012
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Review: All the variations seem pretty similar. Fun riding if you're local and don't have much time on your hands, or if you're a beginner. Singletracks are wide and in great shape; all junctions are well-signed. Lacking shade. In its favor, I'll say it's a good place to see deer and prairie dogs...

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: This is a nice trail close to home. Ride it a couple times for a good workout. Very little climbing but there are some fast little downhill sections. Great if you're just starting out and want to get into a little bit of riding shape and familiarity with your bike.

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NocTech on May 6, 2012
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Review: This was a decent trail to put miles in like most are saying. No real challenges. I'll probably only go back to take my son for his inaugural ride.

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rcraft6826 on November 4, 2011
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Review: Bear creek lake is overall a pretty easy ride if you just want in to put in a few miles for an after work ride. If you want to get a little bit better of a workout there are many different routes you can take such as the carbon trail which have some pretty decent sized climbs to get a good leg workout on. you can also do multiple laps but that tends to get quite tedious since theres not too much beautiful scenery to look at. Overall a fun ride and one of my more favorite ones.

Similar Trail: ute trail, b street trails, cherry creek

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sspragu3 on July 2, 2011
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Review: Good, easy trail for beginners or just to put in some quick miles.

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Travis_Krings on June 16, 2011
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Review: I am somewhat new to Mtn biking and rode this trail recently. It was a good place to ride for a beginner, but not so easy that I was bored...good after work ride. It was fun and had some minor rock sections and hills, and a climb up Mt. Carbon. Can anyone clarify how to get from the parking lot on the NW corner of 470 and Morrison over to the bike trail? I didn't see a path anywhere so just went and paid the $5 to park

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delphinide on June 12, 2011
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Review: This is a great local park with sweet singletrack to get your HR up. The singletrack is certainly 'green rated', but there are a lot of short climbs and fast descents that might be too demanding for a novice rider with nominal fitness. At any rate, it is a great workout and a fun little pumper to have in the backyard, as well as a fun place to trail run...so watch out for runners!

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MtnBikeMike on March 31, 2011
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Review: Lots of loops and ways to go. Some fun stuff some good speed, some good climbing up Mt Carbon. Few water crossings, Park at conoco and ride in to save $5. Overall great little ride and its always dry. Good place for a year round fun! Lots of horses in the way!

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silver4u on March 25, 2011
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Review: This is a great trail for beginners or after work workout. No complaints. Was my first trail I have ever rode in colorado. Great experience

Similar Trail: Ken Caryl Trail

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cov87 on August 27, 2010
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Review: Took a couple of novice mountain bikers here on a tuesday morning. Very quiet which was nice and they liked the trail. One uphill to the golf course, and the subsequent downhill. Rest is fairly flat, but perfect for people to start their mountain biking careers. And it's close to Denver.

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arnolda14 on June 6, 2009
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Review: yeah, this is a fun, easy ride. I took a friend here who had never been mountain biking and she had a great time so I think this is a really good spot to introduce someone to the sport. Nice views. The lake is nice. Bring your fishing gear and a picnic.

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jkovaly on November 16, 2008
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Review: This trail is well built and rides very fast, Mount Carbon Loop is the main trail with several other trails connecting to it. Mount Carbon itself is the only real climb, the rest of the trails have only slight grades. The entire trail system is about 10mi, I rode it twice at an average 9mph, great fun ! The park is excellent but watch out for coyotes, came around the corner and met a couple of them, apparently they are fairly common in this park.

Similar Trail: Flying J Ranch

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Lancefan on December 1, 2006
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Review: This trail is VERY easy. It is a great beginer trail, or a great trail to start little kids on.

* Review edited 12/1/2006

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jeeper on October 14, 2006
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Review: Another great low elevation trail. Lots of variety. Everything from dense forest, water features, smooth flat singletrack, rocky hills, two good climbs and great views of the lake and metro area. There is a great map available at any of the picnic areas or go to www.lakewood.org and click on "Bear Creek Lake Park Area Map" (right side of page) for a excellent PDF map of the area and trails. The advice for parking and riding into the park is right on. It will save you $$$ and it is a short fun ride into the park.

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Kagalli on September 2, 2006
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Review: This is a great trail for beginners. I've just gotten into mountain biking for about a few months, and I really like this trail. I did the Carbon Loop and it's a pretty decent lengthed trail with a variety of nice scenery. The terrain is pretty mild with easy rock sections here and there that's pretty beginner friendly. I'd definitely do this again and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get a feel for mountain biking for the first time or just anybody wanting a casual, fun ride.

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mountaingrover on August 24, 2005
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Review: Good easy mix of singletrack and paved trails and dirt. Nothing terribly challenging, but a nice ride for a mixed ability level group before or after work.

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Guest on August 11, 2005
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Review: There's lots of different trails in here so you can make your ride as hard or easy as you want. Nothing too technical. Try crossing the creek during the spring thaw. Here's info on the race "Battle at the Bear": http://warriorscycling.com/home/home.php

Similar Trail: Mt. Falcon, White Ranch, Green Mountain, Mathew Winters, Elk Meadow

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schwingletrack on May 25, 2005
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Review: This trail is fun in the winter months..really alot to do out there. Drove by there on 5-21-05..saw a race going on..can someone give me some info?

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Guest on March 8, 2005
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Review: I ride this all the time. It is like my backyard. The review is right on. Ride it fast and hard for a good workout. Do it twice. Do every trail.

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