Lair O' The Bear / Bear Creek Trail

4.23 out of 5
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↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (100)

Granny Gear

December 23, 2018
Review: We decided to ride this on a sunny December day against the best judgment of a trusted advisor, and I'm glad we did! This is a really nice trail that was surprisingly snow free. The climb was moderate but steady, at times granny gear steep but very ridable. In the trees on smooth dirt with occasional rocky patches making it interesting. Downhill is fun, fast and mostly a blast. You could ride this at top speed, but there are many trail users that might not like it.

Granny Gear

October 4, 2017
Review: Absolutely beautiful trail just outside of Denver. The trail is well marked, excellent speed on the descent and a few technical pieces. Ride it!

Bunny Hop

February 12, 2017
Review: Lots of icy patches on BCT but all could be ridden through and the rest of the trail was either dry or just wet. The first mile of double track along the. Reek was flowing water, slush and ice. Definitely sketchy.


November 3, 2016
Review: Excellent after work Trail Some challenging rock features but you can choose to skip them Only concern is the quantity of hikers, ergo best to ride early AM or mid day on work days the downhill gets really fast and flowy hence you need to extra careful with fellow trail users

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June 26, 2016
Review: Great trail, but crowded. Get out early!

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Granny Gear

June 25, 2016
Review: I'm pretty new to mountain biking. Most the trail is pretty chill, but about 3 or 4 sections rocky enough I had to get off the bike and walk through them.

Granny Gear

May 21, 2016
Review: Great place for single track riding gets a little rocky and crowded on weekends so get there early


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: This trail is a must-ride in the front range. Just get to the trail hard super early on weekends because the parking lot will fill up fast.


October 13, 2015
Review: Pretty fun ride with the occasional tech rock. For me it was an hour out and forty-five back so you get the up hill out of the way first with the fun down hill back.

Granny Gear

August 16, 2015
bengston Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail. Lots of trail traffic on the weekend. Go early for parking.

Lair O' The Bear / Bear Creek Trail MTB Trail 4.23 out of 5 based on 100 ratings. 100 user reviews.
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Feature Article
The Lure of the Fat Bike: A Winter Time Story at Lair O' the Bear, Colorado