Mt Carbon Loop

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  3.5 from 21 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 9 votes
Rank: #2 in the Denver area
#218 in CO, #2,219 Overall
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Trail in the area near Ken Caryl,
“Singletrack that circumnavigates Bear Creek Lake Park.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Mar 8, 2013
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7.512.0 milesKilometers 526’160 m Ascent 5,763’1,757 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -524’-160 m Descent 5,516’1,681 m Low 22% Max Grade (12°)
1:35 average time for 9.4 miles. Details

The Mt Carbon Loop is fast rolling, smooth singletrack that tours Bear Creek Lake Park.

Starting from the south side near the Hwy 28 and Simms interchange, the trail descends the slope of Mt Carbon itself and then across a flat area towards the trees.

Stay right at the fork and head north up a short hill, crossing a road before descending again towards Bear Creek. Stay left at the intersection with Cottonwood Trail. The singletrack cruises through a grassy field before hitting a doubletrack.

From here punch up a short steep climb and stay right on the trail that parallels the road. You'll be heading west now looking at the foothills. Just before the paved road the trail turns right and passes quickly through the trees before crossing the bridge across the creek. Make a sharp right here.

This section of the Mt Carbon Loop is mostly flat, sometimes sandy, but always fun. It's shaded and travels close to the creek - the best place to be on a hot day.

As the trail approaches the lake, look for the fisherman's trail and bear left across the field towards the road. After crossing it, ride up a short hill and then stay right onto a trail that parallels the road again. Follow this around to the other side of the dam road, along the golf course.

The final part of the loop climbs from the maintenance yard of the golf course to the top of Mt Carbon. The grade is moderate and never very steep. As you reach the top, enjoy the views of Mt Morrison to the west.

Continue past the high point and descend to an intersection, bearing left to finish the loop.
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PHOTOS of Mt Carbon Loop
  3.7 from 3 votes
Another look at the final straightaway (West Pleasant View, CO)
  3.5 from 2 votes
A little break. (Morrison, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
View to the west from above Bear Creek Lake (Ken Caryl, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Final straightaway before the climb back up the service road (Lakewood, CO)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Mt Carbon loop on south side of Bear Creek Lake. Accessed from Hwy 285 ... (Morrison, CO)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Halfway up the climb out! (Ken Caryl, CO)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Cottonwood Trail along Bear Creek. (Morrison, CO)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Mt Carbon Loop - parallels Kumpfmiller Dr. Looking west. (Morrison, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Trail section near the top of Mt Carbon (Ken Caryl, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Crossing the paved bike path, about to drop in and have some fun! (Ken Caryl, CO)