Lair O' The Bear / Bear Creek Trail

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4.23 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
6,546
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
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.
added by ameyerBunny Hop August 18, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (89)
 


May 18, 2015
 
Review: One of my favorite rides in the front range! A great descent well earned after the climb. Careful of the really loose sand and dirt on the upper reaches.

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April 4, 2015
 
Review: Front range Classic

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July 15, 2014
 
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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July 7, 2014
 
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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July 3, 2014
 
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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June 14, 2014
 
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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June 4, 2014
 
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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May 28, 2014
 
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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May 28, 2014
 
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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May 27, 2014
 
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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Lair O' The Bear / Bear Creek Trail MTB Trail 4.23 out of 5 based on 89 ratings. 89 user reviews.
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