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Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail

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Rank: #6 in Denver
#47 in Colorado
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“Mostly flowy singletrack, with a few small climbs and some very fun rock challenges.”
Mark Eller on May 14, 2013
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12.2 Miles 1,673’ Ascent 7,420’ High 5.2% Avg Grade
95% Singletrack -1,673’ Descent 6,548’ Low 11.6% Max Grade
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These trails are occasionally closed if they're muddy. Some segments are popular with hikers, and Jefferson County rangers have been known to ticket riders who exceed 15 MPH or ride aggressively.
Overview
1:57 average ride time for 12.2 miles. Details

Mostly flowy singletrack, with a few small climbs/descents and some very fun rock features. Almost all of the technical bits offer an intermediate line, though you could miss it if you charge into the drops with too much speed.
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Weekend can be CROWDED! Hikers, bikers, families, and more, all go both ways. Remember to yield going when you're going downhill, and be especially courteous to hikers.
Description
If you're riding this as an out-and-back from Lair O' the Bear park, you'll get a nice warmup ride in first as you pedal alongside the creek, heading upstream. Cross the creek on a large bridge and keep cruising. Follow the signs for Bear Creek Trail.

Once you make the sharp turn that takes you away from the river, you'll be faced with a steep but brief climb and a few tricky challenges. You'll encounter tight turns and have to squeeze through trees in a few places. The most fun obstacles come in the form of rock ramps and other rock features. Even technical wizards will be hard pressed to ride everything dab-free, but the difficulties are only brief.

The rolling terrain offers frequent whoop-and-holler descents and a few testing climbs. You'll encounter fewer technical challenges and a bit of doubletrack in the second part of the out-bound ride.

At the road intersection, you can turn around and enjoy everything in reverse, or continue on Parmalee Gulch Road (left turn) and access Mt. Falcon.
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Recent Conditions
Aug 19
Damp from rain earlier in the afternoon, a few small mud spots
Aug 12
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Jul 23
Mostly Dry, Mud in a few spots
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