Burning Bear Trail

3.00 out of 5
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Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a simple out and back from either end. The trail climbs sharply from an elevation of about 9,600 feet at either end to a high point of about 10,800 in the middle. It's about 3 1/2 miles from the east end to the saddle and about 2 from the west end, making the west side steeper overall, but there is plenty of steep terrain on both sides. The west side alternates between narrow singletrack and old roadbed width trail (it is now non-motorized). There is plenty of loose rock and roots along the way. The east side is of more consistent grade and width, although it is also very rocky in places. This is a challenging climb from either side.
added by John FischEpic
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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July 16, 2015
John Fisch Epic  
Review: This trail seems to have a bit more grunt than payoff. The climbs are steep and relentless, and often littered with loose rock. The woods, especially on the west side, are thick enough to prevent getting much in the way of views, so even the scenery doesn't recommend the trail much. The trail doesn't have much in the way of flow, but there is one long stretch on the west side descent that is a real screamer. This trail gets less traffic than many other area trails, so it can be a good alternative if you're looking for a little quiet time while you grunt.

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