Lair O' The Bear / Bear Creek Trail

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12
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
6,546
elevation (ft)
5.9
avg mph
548
ridden
207
wishlist
1:49
avg time

Out & Back
AVERAGE RATING
4.22 out of 5
About This Trail
added by ameyer Bunny Hop on August 18, 2004
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Trail starts with a wide smooth trail leading west out of the parking lot along Bear Creek. Continue on this trail for 1.5 miles to the Bear Creek trailhead. Here the trail switches to singletrack with an initial 1.5 mile climb with a few technical sections and switchbacks . Once at the top continue on the singletrack which has some nice downhill and fast rolling sections. A good climb up to the turnaround point at Parmalee Gultch Road return the way you came. It's just as fun going back.
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brandaman1987 on July 15, 2014
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Review: I am a novice rider. I just started riding this year, last time I had a bike was early high school. This was my first real mountain bike trip, besides riding dirt trails near Bear Creek Lake. I had a blast on this trail, and I cannot wait until I get out again. I did do the bike hike a couple of times for fear of breaking my face, especially going back down over the rock gardens. I got to this trail at 5:45 am on a Saturday morning and there were only two cars in the lot. On the way back down the lot was full. I believe it is best to get to this trail at the crack of dawn to avoid trail traffic. Anyways, I loved this trail, and I will go back for sure.

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shanedon11 on July 7, 2014
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Review: Probably my favorite ride so far on the front range. It has a little bit of everything. A couple of short rock gardens, a hard climb, nice flow after the first 3 miles, and great downhill on the way back. I have not had too much trouble with hikers after the 1st mile, which is really where the MTB trail starts up the mountain. Not that many hikers even go up that route. I have never run into that many people on this trail. I rode it last on July 5th. A lot of traffic on the initial trail out of the parking lot, but not much up the mountain. That was at 2:30 in the afternoon. Great trail to ride in the afternoon because of all the shade.

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Lindsey Ames on July 3, 2014
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Review: Lots of people, but it's understandable since it's the day before a holiday. Trail definitely kicked my tail, but I'm very much a beginner. It was a fun challenge and I did do the hike a bike a few times on some technical spots. Getting to go back down is definitely worth the climb.

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Mountaineer19 on June 14, 2014
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Review: I always start this out-back from the Pence Park parking area off of Parmalee Gulch Road. Its a nice trail that is very flowy right away. Your veiws are only that of houses. It's climb alittle go down alittle which is very nice.

Similar Trail: 3 sisters, Evergreen Area

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Jon Campbell on June 4, 2014
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Review: Tons of hikers on a weekend, I would stick to weekdays. Due to the out and back, the crowds got tiring creek.

The riding itself was beautiful, fun, and flowy on the downhills. I look forward to riding it again on a weekday.

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justin70 on May 28, 2014
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Review: really enjoyable trail, both up and down
pretty, natural environment
enough technical obstacles, without being too much

- quite a bit of traffic, on a weekday
- only one out-and-back trail on offer

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jkey6 on May 28, 2014
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Review: Whoever was in charge of this trail design did a great job building in some flow that makes it really fun for mountain bikers. This is a true multi-use trail, not just a hiking trail that cyclists can use. While I wouldn't describe this trail as technically challenging there are plenty of optional features throughout to keep it interesting, and the rolling flowy upper section is a ton of fun both ways.

Similar Trail: Betasso Preserve

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Blaine on May 27, 2014
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Review: Absolutely gorgeous trail just out of Denver. Windy single track that alternates with a fire road in the beginning; just an amazing ride. The climb up is gradual and fun, but the decent is what makes this trail!

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cobeartown on April 26, 2014
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Review: Road this yesterday with 2 friends, weather was perfect, trail in great shape. This is the best trial, not to hard and not to easy with the best part of the ride after the turn around and going downhill.

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Scottstarkes on March 25, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail cool rock gardens and a few spots to rest

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Scottstarkes on March 25, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail cool rock gardens and a few spots to rest

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Scottstarkes on March 25, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail cool rock gardens and a few spots to rest

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Scottstarkes on March 25, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail cool rock gardens and a few spots to rest

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Scottstarkes on March 25, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail cool rock gardens and a few spots to rest

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Scottstarkes on March 25, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail cool rock gardens and a few spots to rest

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Scottstarkes on March 25, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail cool rock gardens and a few spots to rest

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jktremaine on November 17, 2013
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Review: Great trail. A few short advanced sections, and the rest flows well.

Similar Trail: Alderfer

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spogburn on November 17, 2013
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Review: Like many of the other posters have noted, this trail is almost entirely rideable for an intermediate or advanced beginner, with four or so rocky sections on a hill or waterbars that were unrideable for me, but they only last about 20 feet -- so no biggie, and it was fun to try a couple of the rock gardens. I'm in intermediate shape and an intermediate rider and I found it to be a good workout (I definitely was tired on some of the uphills on the way back from the out-and-back).

I'm new to the Front Range and it's probably the second best trail I've ridden so far, the best being Buffalo Creek, the worst being Green Mountain, which I did not really find fun at all, mostly crowded and way too rocky on the downhill to have a good ride. That being said, I still don't think it's an awesome trail. It is pretty, though, and I enjoyed the scenery. I guess I was spoiled on the Western Slope and have yet to find really good flowy trails here with some intermediate technical challenge. Everything near Denver seems either straight up and down and either pretty easy or way too technical. There were lots of people too, but most of them were nice.

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spogburn on November 17, 2013
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Review: Like many of the other posters have noted, this trail is almost entirely rideable for an intermediate or advanced beginner, with four or so rocky sections on a hill or waterbars that were unrideable for me, but they only last about 20 feet -- so no biggie, and it was fun to try a couple of the rock gardens. I'm in intermediate shape and an intermediate rider and I found it to be a good workout (I definitely was tired on some of the uphills on the way back from the out-and-back).

I'm new to the Front Range and it's probably the second best trail I've ridden so far, the best being Buffalo Creek, the worst being Green Mountain, which I did not really find fun at all, mostly crowded and way too rocky on the downhill to have a good ride. That being said, I still don't think it's an awesome trail. It is pretty, though, and I enjoyed the scenery. I guess I was spoiled on the Western Slope and have yet to find really good flowy trails here with some intermediate technical challenge. Everything near Denver seems either straight up and down and either pretty easy or way too technical. There were lots of people too, but most of them were nice.

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spogburn on November 17, 2013
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Review: Like many of the other posters have noted, this trail is almost entirely rideable for an intermediate or advanced beginner, with four or so rocky sections on a hill or waterbars that were unrideable for me, but they only last about 20 feet -- so no biggie, and it was fun to try a couple of the rock gardens. I'm in intermediate shape and an intermediate rider and I found it to be a good workout (I definitely was tired on some of the uphills on the way back from the out-and-back).

I'm new to the Front Range and it's probably the second best trail I've ridden so far, the best being Buffalo Creek, the worst being Green Mountain, which I did not really find fun at all, mostly crowded and way too rocky on the downhill to have a good ride. That being said, I still don't think it's an awesome trail. It is pretty, though, and I enjoyed the scenery. I guess I was spoiled on the Western Slope and have yet to find really good flowy trails here with some intermediate technical challenge. Everything near Denver seems either straight up and down and either pretty easy or way too technical. There were lots of people too, but most of them were nice.

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Greg Heil on October 1, 2013
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Review: Trail is reportedly CLOSED for the season due to flood damage.

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cdean1 on August 20, 2013
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Review: fun steady climb... then blast down!

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7ofClubs on August 12, 2013
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Review: Solid but fair climb up and a bomb run downhill. Nothing crazy just a lotta fun with minimal risk

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delphinide on January 23, 2013
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Review: Winter update: the section next to the river has sections that are solid ice for 300 yards or so. The first mile of the climb is dirty but hard packed rideable snow, but after mile 1.7 the trail is dry dirt and clear.

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tetontom on December 4, 2012
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Review: I rode this trail today as part of a "5 Parks" loop beginning from Mount Falcon East TH. The 22 mi loop took about 3 hrs; roughly 1 hr to climb Castle, 1 hr to do a couple loops up on Mt Falcon and get over to Pence TH, then an hour back down to Morrison on the Bear Creek system. Considering that Buffalo Creek TH is an hour each way from my house, and Morrison is only 15 min, I think I get a lot more bang for my buck here. The trail surface is great, very little loose or sandy. For me, all the obstacles were either totally ride-able, or totally pushing my bike for a few yards, nothing in-between.
Most of this trail is very shady, which would be great mid-summer, but now in December it was cold as sh#@ and a bit of ice down in the Lair segment.
Great scenery; felt like I was further out into the mountains that I was, and a bit of a surprise when you get a brief glimpse of the downtown Denver skyline here and there...
Lots of hikers and dog-walkers, even midweek in December...

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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Guest on October 23, 2012
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Review: Very fun trail for an intermediate rider like me! As others have noted- there are a couple of very technical "hike-a-bike" sections. But only 3-4. No big deal. There is a good amount of climbing on the way out--but it's well worth it for the ride back. And there are nice downhill sections to break up the climbing on the way out. Mostly packed dirt wide single track, some loose gravel at times, and very few loose rock sections. I can't wait to go back!

Similar Trail: Betasso Preserve in Boulder

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kent_michaels on September 18, 2012
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Review: Road this trail today. Awesome views and great ride. There are a few sections where I had to hike a bike but overall only a handful of technical spots. A great place to test your skills if you are a beginner.

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ngenaro on September 12, 2012
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Review: great ride up and down, only saw two other groups on a Thursday evening after work.

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Alexburd on September 10, 2012
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Review: nice ride. some technical and pretty much up and down

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: Good fun singletrack fairly close to town. Trail will get crowded with hikers, so avoid it on weekends. Good, solid trail with sporadic climbs and descents.

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kuala_tahan on August 15, 2012
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Review: Fun single(and-a-half)track trail. Just like other Evergreen rides, pretty fast, wider than just singletrack, buff (mostly) trail. I rode up the road (forget which one) to the top of the trail so that I could get down for most of the ride. Nothing too challenging, bunch of ups and downs. Very crowded though like most Evergreen riding, probably better to ride on a weekend.

Similar Trail: 3 sisters

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mustangsailor on June 30, 2012
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Review: Great ride. The long uphill battle is well rewarded on the trip back. Very busy on a Saturday, but not too bad.

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jeff on June 28, 2012
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Review: Great ride, nothing too tricky (aside from one very short section). Classic up and down ride, just watch for two way traffic on the trail. Beautiful scenery toward the top, parts of this one feel like a real backcountry ride.

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alskoj on June 20, 2012
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Review: If you're in your 40s or 50s and half competent at MTBing, DO THIS TRAIL! Yes you'll have to hike-a-Bike several short sections but the rest of the trail is worth a couple hours of your day. Go on a weekday if possible. The forest scenery is epic and there's lots of shade and views. Yes, the first mile and a half is a climb but there's a lot of great singletrack after that. And of course, when you're coming back that uphill is now some pretty awesome downhill. Yes, it can be crowded (that's why someone else gave it 3 stars), but that's just a sign of how great it is.

Similar Trail: Betasso and Hall Ranch

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stillfat on June 11, 2012
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Review: No doubt, this is a fun ride. Unlike a lot of Front Range trails, there's some downhill mixed in with the climb rather than straight up, straight down. I might have rated this higher, but I'm a bit prejudiced against wide hardpack, out and backs, and crowds. This place was a zoo midday on a Monday.

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Greg Heil on June 8, 2012
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Review: This is a fantastic trail! It is a stiff climb up, but the descent on the way back down is worth every pedal stroke! Many sections are flowy, and some are pretty technical to keep you on your toes. This is an out-and-back ride, so expect oncoming traffic when climbing and descending. When I rode this, by the time we descended the trail it was almost dusk so there was no traffic.... balls to the wall on the way back down!

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chill188 on May 26, 2012
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Review: This one is close to my home, so I ride it quite a bit. Never gets old. Now if I could get through the few really technical sections...

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ridegolden! on May 15, 2012
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Review: A classic. I never get bored with this ride. Rolling singletrack- some parts smooth and other parts rocky. Moderate climbs, stellar scenery and fast downhills. This ride appeals to novice and expert riders alike. Be prepared for weekend crowds- and for good reason. This trail is that good.

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alphagamma102 on April 30, 2012
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Review: Overall solid trail. The castle and river at the bottom of the hill is pretty cool/random. All of the uphill is definitely worth it for the fun downhill! Just watch out for the hikers...

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Misfitsfiend on April 10, 2012
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Review: Fun Stuff

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Jimindirt on March 29, 2012
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Review: Great fun, fast and in good shape. Minor ice/snow pack and some mud in a couple spots (3/29/12) but no trouble. Moderate/Quick pace finished inside 1 1/2 to Parmalee Road and back to trailhead. My GPS noted 2,015 elevation gain. A definite must ride!

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JWW91 on December 11, 2011
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Review: A great trail! Did it summer 2011 with my brother. Went the general out and back way the first time and only made it up the first big hill before turning around. Two days later I had my parents drive us up to the top of the trial and we downhilled it. The best way in my opinion (especially if you do not want to climb a lot).

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John Fisch on October 14, 2011
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Review: This is an excellent ride. Great, extended climb that's oodles of fun on the way back down. The climb can be a grunt and just when you really start to get tired, there's the rock garden. It's not quite the wall of shame (Deer Creek Canyon), but it'll still give you a stiff challenge. Other than a very tight switchback, the whole climb should be rideable by most. Then the reward on the return is well worth all the sweat on the way up. I went midday, midweek and the trail was still pretty crowded. I wouldn't recommend it on a weekend.* Review edited 10/14/2011

* Review edited 10/14/2011

Similar Trail: Deer Creek Canyon, Bergen Peak

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speeedracer27 on September 10, 2011
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Review: Definetley a workout on the climb up. Only one or two hike-a-bike sections. Not being used to the altitude certainly makes the trail even more challanging. The way down is extremely fun and fast. The only downside is that you have to ride the same trail up and down. Rode it on a Saturday and it was extremely busy. Too many hikers and such meddling around on the lower sections. There is a nice 2.5 mile warm up loop if you make a left at the 1st bridge. Otherwise, a really nice trail with nice scenery. Enjoy.

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DenverWes on August 28, 2011
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Review: Loved the ride! Great workout and great dh. One of my favs:)

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Ceeski on August 13, 2011
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Review: Outstanding trail, I would highly recommend it for most riders. Great scenery, awesome downhill and great workout. Most of it is in the shade, and nice little roller coasters. It's like a mini Buffalo Creek or Colorado Trail. I really like the little rock gardens too, it's good training for an intermediate rider like myself.

Similar Trail: Colorado Trail through Buffalo Creek

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mduffy on July 18, 2011
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Review: Great workout, I just rode this trail today and it is a steady climb and is tough but not impossible. The downhill and is well worth the climb, good training trail.

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tickledpickle on June 6, 2011
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Review: A nice warm-up at the beginning on a wide path by a creek. Once you hit single track, itís a steady, long climb and quite a workout Ė I could have used an extra set of lungs! Itís a fun trail with some nicely shaded sections, some rolling hills, stones here and there and a few technical sections. Very busy on the weekends, especially closer to the parking lot where people fish and picnic.

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UniballLenny on May 13, 2011
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Review: Great trail! The uphill was quite challenging but not so hard that it makes you give up and turn around. Some tuff rock gardens and lose soil keeps it challenging. Once you get to the top you have great views, you'll think this is the top but keep going to a slight downhill section with some nice rolling sections and then another slight uphill to the tippy top of the trail, then turn around ride it back down and have a huge grin on your face while doing it! Can get busy at times. Ride early in the morning to avoid hikers and senic groups.

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speschl88 on April 13, 2011
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Review: This was my second trail this season and enjoyed every minute of it. It was about 12-13 miles total trip from what I could estimate. I will be doing this one a few more times this season...

* Review edited 4/13/2011

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MtnBikeMike on March 31, 2011
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Review: Love this trail everytime I ride it, awesome workout, great scenary, rewarding downhill home! lots of fun, great technical spot.

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silver4u on March 25, 2011
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Review: One of the best Ive been to. At first I thought it was gonna suck doing all that up hill. After seeing the Castle and the view from the top. Then the Down Hill. I fell in love

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maddslacker on March 14, 2011
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Review: This is the trail I take mountain biker friends to when they visit from out of town. It's not too long, not too hard, has a few technical features to mess around on , and it close to good eats back in Morrison. There is some fireroad in the middle, but most of the trail is singletrack. The trail is an out and back, and if you pressed for time, you can bail at the turnaround point and cruise back down the paved road.

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jrkronstein on February 21, 2011
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Review: This trail can get very crowded on the weekend, that being said, it is still my favorite Front Range trail. Great initial climb to a roller coaster all the way to Pence Park. Then turn around and do it again! Top it off with a fun down hill and call it a day!

* Review edited 5/3/2011

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bstat on October 29, 2010
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Review: If you park at LOTB, the flat part of Bear Creek Trail (1.5 miles) will be busy with hikers, strollers, bikes, and fishers. Then you head left up the mountain. It is a good 1 mile climb, not technical until the (close to the top) stairs. Then you begin a 4 mile rolling non-technical FUN (IMO) ride to Pence Park. Turn around and go back, just keep your speed in check on the final descent and through the throngs at LOTB. I have not parked at Pence - that lot might be a lot less crowded. If you start from there, then don't bother with the flat part of Bear Creek Trail to LOTB. Beginners should be able to handle this ride, although the climb might be a bit much. Intermediates should enjoy this ride. Experts might find it boring other than maybe trying to see how quickly they can bomb up the climb. LOTB is a very busy park, especially in summer weekends, so bring a patient attitude, and know that the idiot that doesn't is just that - an idiot.

Similar Trail: Alderfer/Three Sisters. Centennial Cone.

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nspb001 on October 18, 2010
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Review: This "trail" is pretty bad... Here was my route, from the Lair O' the Bear parking lot, we went took the Castor Cutoff to Bruin Bluff Trail then to Bear Creek, took about 20min to do the entire loops... Bear Creek is only a gravel walking path, its not actually a real mtb trail. The Castor Cutoff and Bruin Bluff were fun, but crazy short, only 1.5miles total. You can ride Bear Creek with any sort of bike and skill level. If your a complete beginner Castor Cutoff and Bruin Bluff will give you a taste of what mtb is about. Place was crazy crowded too, im never going back to it, go ride 3 Sisters up the road, a lot more fun.

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visceron on June 23, 2013
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Review: You missed the main trail, which is about 5 mi one way. You have to take that boring flat trail about a mile from the main parking lot. From there you will see a trail marked Bear Creek on your left. This is the main trail that everyone here is praising. Similar Trail: Indian Creek, Buffalo Creek
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cov87 on September 11, 2010
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Review: Nice singletrack. A couple of technical sections but if you practise on them they should be rideable especially if you have a full suspension bike. Good climb.

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Hunter12 on September 3, 2010
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Review: Good quick ride, the climb is not bad at all ride Deer Creek all the time so that may be why. Have to watch out coming down if you go fast due to all the hikers and slow riders coming up. Some spots dont have a lot of room to get out of the way. GOOD RIDE THOUGH its fast if you want it to be.

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dannyboy5280 on May 26, 2010
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Review: This trail is good for endurance training, some good climbs and nothing that technical. The "technical" spots are beat up and and resemble a cobble stone road more than a rock garden, don't be intimidated and have a 2nd look, the "rock gardens'' are easy and you CAN DO IT! unless your bucket list consists of riding EVERY trail in Colorado, I would recommend by-passing this for a better ride.

Similar Trail: flagstaff road.

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CR-MTBClimber on April 19, 2010
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Review: Very Nice smooth flowing Single Track. There are two major climbs. The first climb ascends at a rate of 448 ft per mile so you need to be in good cardio shape to make it up without stopping. For "steepness comparison," Mt. Falcon's first climb ascends at 500 per mile however, Falcon's climb is 3 times farther!!! The two technical sections hardly worth mentioning but do require some skill and energy to ascend. No more than 20 yards each! The Bear reminds me of the Colorado trail through Buffalo Creek/Green mountain area. Smooth, shady and fast! One of the funnest in the Front range!* Review edited 4/19/2010

* Review edited 4/19/2010

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek/Co. Trl, Centennial Cone, 3 Sisters

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mooniakrides on October 8, 2009
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Review: This trail is a really fun trail, especially if you just want to see how fast you can hammer up the climb and how fast you can descend without getting too beat up. The trail is mostly easy intermediate with a rolling climb/descent. Technically this trail won't beat you up either like White Ranch or Apex. If you want to do more riding, you can hook this up with Mount Falcon for an even more epic ride. Check out mooniakrides.webs.com/index.htm for more ride details/maps, etc.

Similar Trail: Green Mountain, Centennial Cone, Deer Creek, Three Sisters

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machinetwelve on August 17, 2009
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Review: Loved this trail. will definitely ride it again. Nice climb in the shade for about 5 miles and a smooth sweet downhill from the top.

Similar Trail: Mt Falcon

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kkilton on August 15, 2009
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Review: I loved this trail. This was only my 2nd time on a mountain bike trail and THIS is what I call a Colorado trail. Nicely shaded, good climbs, rollers, beautiful scenery. I only had to walk the major technical spots so a beginner with good strong legs can do this trail easily.

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sspragu3 on August 14, 2009
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Review: This is my go to trail for the metro area. Better flow than other nearby trails. The first mile or so offers an actual warm-up! Can be combined with Mt Falcon a couple ways to make for a loop or shuttle. Go on a weekday if you can, the popularity of this trail increases every year.

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shizants on August 10, 2009
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Review: If you can go at off-peak times this is a great trail for anybody.

* Review edited 8/10/2009

Similar Trail: Mt. Falcon

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tsnsteelersfan on August 10, 2009
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Review: I hadn't ridden this trail in over two years until yesterday, and I honestly forgot how great the trail really is. I have a 2 year-old, so I haven't gotten out on the bike very much lately, and this trail was perfect for a 'get back on the bike' ride. It's close to Denver and the views are amazing. (Especially in late Sept/early Oct when the aspen trees are turning.) It's a middle-ringer all the way, so it's good for newer riders. The second half is very woodsy and flowy, making for a really fast and fun time. You'll meet quite a few hikers, but almost all are friendly, so be nice back!

Similar Trail: 3 Sisters

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BetterThanAliens on August 1, 2009
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Review: I recently got my first FS bike and the consensus was Lair was a great trail to break in the bike. They were right! On a Saturday morning, at about 7:30, the trail was mine. At about 8:00, some traffic showed up; but nothing was unbearable. I like the 1-2 mile double track before the singletrack. It gave me an opportunity to get the blood flowing. For someone from the midwest, the initial climb is a slight challenge. But like most have said, there is nothing too technical here. I'll definitely be back...

Similar Trail: Did a demo at Centennial Cone and loved that!

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meh2u on July 2, 2009
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Review: This is an excellent intermediate trail. It has a couple of rock gardens but is mostly a smooth up and down single track. There is lots of shade and even on a busy day the trails are large enough that you don't really run into too many people

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flip8u on June 30, 2009
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Review: Fun trail with great smooth singletrack. A few tech sections that are very difficult to ride up, but they can all be ridden down. The climb up is lengthy but never unbearable. Great ride close to Denver.

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PanicPro on October 2, 2008
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Review: Rode out under the sun & back in the rain... of course the speed sections were still pretty exhilarating with wet everything. Beginners will like the smooth ride, but grimace at the long inclines. Hard cores +all will like the fast twisty route back and the handfull of tricky rocky sections. One of the trails I've rode that shouldn't scare off hard-tail riders. here's a tip: don't speed in Morrison.

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haupt on September 22, 2008
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Review: Coming from the midwest I must admit this trail kicked my butt. It is your classic front range "struggle up and ride down" model. It starts out nice and easy for a mile or so and then the climb begins. I was able to make it on my SS with several rests. The ride down is sick. It is technical but not scary.

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BFD on July 31, 2008
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Review: Great trail, no doubt! Aside from the pretentious A-hole that attempted to run not only me and my riding buddy (but also the two ladies in front of us) off the singletrack because he was "trying to ride"...FYI folks; Saying "Left!" does not mean you can run people over and be a total buzzkill and get away with it. We're ALL "trying to ride" here! Other than Captain Buzzkill and the 100(!) other people on the trail on this particular Wednesday night; I enjoyed this trails technical climbing and extremely fun downhill sections. I would have rated this trail a 4 if not for the local roid-rider fare.

Similar Trail: Waterton Canyon/Colorado Trail/Indian Trail

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osutammy7 on July 21, 2008
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Review: So amazing! This is my favorite trail so far, just watch out for deer... I almost nailed one on the way down!

Similar Trail: Betasso loop in Boulder

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jharres on July 13, 2008
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Review: Great trail. The initial climb is enough to present a challenge, both physically and technically. It's not overly technical at all, but enough to make it challenging for an average rider. The downhill is the best. It's well worth the drive out and I would recommend it to anyone. I do agree with other reviewers that it's best ridden on a weekday, as weekends have the trail full of people. Considering the width of the trail in some spots, this presented a problem while I was doing the initial climb.

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GreenWheel on June 20, 2008
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Review: Great Trail. 3 mile or so climb to start. Smooth and fast apart from 5-6 technical spots. Rock garden climb/descent, tight rocky sections. Smokin' downhill on the way back. 30 mph. Try to ride this trail on a weekday if possible.

Similar Trail: Green Mountain, Mount Falcon, White Ranch Loop

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raleighman91 on June 28, 2007
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Review: Pretty sweet ride few tech spots

Similar Trail: Mt Falcon, Deer creek

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arnolda14 on June 5, 2007
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Review: People. Lots and lots and lots of people. It's a sea of humanity here. It's a good ride though and once you get past the first mile, you can lose the flip-flop crowd and it's a lot more fun.

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Sullyman99 on May 22, 2007
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Review: I finally had the chance to check this trail out. It lived up to my expectations. The out and back is a little short but provides a great workout. The best part is the return from pence park back to the Lair of the Bear. If you like speed, you can have a lot of fun on the return trip. If you are curious what it looks like, I filmed the single track coming back from Pence Park. Here is a short sample: http://www.whiterhinovideo.com/LairoftheBear2.html * Review edited 5/22/2007* Review edited 5/25/2007

* Review edited 5/25/2007

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BobinConifer on May 13, 2007
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Review: I've had a few good rides on this trail. The climb is relatively gradual with plenty of switchbacks and in great condition, very smooth. It's alittle too short for my liking but it has potential and is relatively unpopulated for its proximity to Denver.

Similar Trail: Apex

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jeeper on March 27, 2007
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Review: I would say everybody is right on the money. This trail kind of reminded me of Waterton Canyon on steroids. It is similar but much longer, and more scenic. Plus you don't have to ride 7 miles of dirt road to reach the "good stuff". It was quite an aerobic challenge for me, I had to push the bike some (shame, shame. I know) towards the the back end of the trail where it gets pretty steep. Just remember, what goes up, gets to come back down. I rode March 26 (weekday) and there was no traffic. Enjoy!!!

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MarkZahn on November 9, 2006
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Review: I rode this in June 06 it's a nice scenic ride with no technical challenge. Very popular.

Similar Trail: Pence

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rholuba on August 19, 2006
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Review: A fabulous ride. I started on the trail away from the road in and missed the first bridge on my left to take the Bruin Bluff Trail which looks like a nice loop. So instead I took the path to the end of a trail where there is a nice little fishing hole with an angler hunting some rainbow trout. Anyways, I took the trail right at the end that leads directly uphill. Its a gradual, but long climb of about 40minutes. It will be a kickass ride to come back down it because it has built in dirt jumps. I rode to the peak and continued down the backside , which was the beginning of the end in regards to my orientation. I took the backside down, another great downhill ride, but I kept on my bike except for two close calls. I was hauling ass. By the time I realized I was lost it was too late to turn back so I took the Bear Creek Trail to the road where I need to remember to back track on the road. Take it to a stop sign, right and Lair O' Bear will be on the right hand side. Fabulous ride.

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jbersch on November 7, 2005
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Review: Spectacular Trail. Head West on Bear Creek Trail and follow it for 6.3 miles. There is a sharp left turn to start the true singletrack about 1.3 miles west of parking lot. http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/ext/dpt/comm_res/openspac/lairmp.htm This is an awesome "there-and-back" trail with an intermediate assent that leads to some sweet, smooth singletrack. Mostly in the trees, there are a few short rocky sections but the trail is mostly pretty easy from a technical standpoint (quite an aerobic workout however). Very nice views along the way. Keep going through some double track until the trail ends at Meyer's Gulch Road. Turn around and enjoy a sweet ride back to your car (mostly downhill). Went mid-week, very little traffic. Trails appear to be in slightly better shape than others along the Front Range.

Similar Trail: Waterton Canyon

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c3667 on September 17, 2005
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Review: This is an awsome trail!! The climb is very easy and the desent is GREAT. I would say that this is one of the best trail in the area!!! Get there early there is traffic.

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mountaingrover on August 24, 2005
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Review: This is one of the sweetest single-tracks close to Denver. Not as much gut-busting climbing as most of the other trails close to town (re: Mt. Falcon, Deer Creek Canyon, etc.). Sweet downhill run the return. Gets busy after work.

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schwingletrack on May 25, 2005
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Review: For my $$ probably the sweetest singletrack on the front range. After it rains up there the trail is nice and sticky...so much fun!!

Similar Trail: 3 Sisters..Mt. Falcon

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Siberian on August 19, 2004
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Review: This trail can also be ridden from the Mt. Falcon parking lot in Morrison. Go up Mt. Falcon for a nice grinding start to your ride, then cross Mt. Falcon Park on the doubletrack and head past the other parking lot, down the gravel road, out to Parmalee Gulch Rd and make a right. Take the blacktop for about a mile (uphill) until you reach Pence Park. Here you will notice a parking lot on the left side, and some singletrack peeling off on the right side of the road. This is the trail you want. Follow it for several miles watching for hikers as you go. Overall it is a very fast section that will be over before you want it to be. This is some great singletrack which makes it worth the trip (you may even want to do it twice). When done playing, descend into Lair O' the Bear for a nice 14 mile jaunt (from Falcon). Either arrange a pickup here, or continue down the blacktop to Morrison, make a right on Hwy 8, and back up to the Falcon parking lot. This will add another 4-5 miles to your day. Except for the climb at Falcon, the rest of this trail is easy, with a few tricky spots here and there.

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