Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Configuration: Out & Back
Total: 2 riders
Mountain Biking Burning Bear Trail
#853 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#9,256 in the world
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.
First added by John Fisch on Jul 16, 2015. Last updated Apr 23, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
- Drinking water: unknown
- Lift service: unknown
- Night riding: unknown
- Pump track: unknown
- Restrooms: unknown
- Fat bike grooming: unknown
- E-bikes allowed: unknown
- Fee required: unknown
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East Trailhead: From Denver, take 285 through Bailey to Grant and turn north on Park County Rd 62--go 5 miles to the trailhead on the left.
West Trailhead: continue another 3.2 miles past Grant and turn north on Park County Road 60--follow the road 3 miles and look for a small pullout and very inconspicuous trail marker on the right.
If coming from the south/west, the turnoff to Rd 60 is 24.5 miles from the intersection of Hwy 285/Hwy 9 in Fairplay.