Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail

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#35 in CO, #142 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Genesee,
“Mostly flowy singletrack, with a few small climbs and some very fun rock challenges.”
Mark Eller on May 14, 2013
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12.219.7 milesKilometers 1,673’510 m Ascent 7,420’2,261 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
95% Singletrack -1,673’-510 m Descent 6,548’1,996 m Low 24% Max Grade (13°)
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.
1:54 average time for 11.7 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.
Need To Know
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.
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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PHOTOS of Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail
  4.4 from 5 votes
One of the ride's many techy corners (Kittredge, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
James in the meadow. Spaceship cloud closing in. (Kittredge, CO)
  3.7 from 3 votes
The second rock garden coming down the backside of Lair O' the Bear. (Kittredge, CO)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Top o' the hill. (Kittredge, CO)
  3.5 from 4 votes
Fun technical stuff at Lair O' the Bear (Kittredge, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Occasional glimpses of the high peaks (Kittredge, CO)
  3.2 from 5 votes
Fatties are fun at LOB! (Kittredge, CO)
  3.3 from 4 votes
The big-ish initial climb up Bear Creek Trail (Genesee, CO)
  3.0 from 5 votes
Challenging rock features amidst the flowy singletrack. (Kittredge, CO)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Cresting the summit. (Kittredge, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Entrance to the trail. (Genesee, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Hydrating. (Kittredge, CO)
  2.3 from 4 votes
Whoop! Yee-haw! Take your pick of exclamations and enjoy the flowing des... (Kittredge, CO)
  2.0 from 3 votes
Finally! Hit that singletrack just beyond the hiker sign. (Evergreen, CO)