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.
Review: The beginning was a bit crowded but once you climbed and got away from the crowds it was nice. I loved how it was in the trees and shade. Lots of climbing and then a quick rush down. Some technical parts, but super easy.
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.
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.
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.
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.