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Mt Carbon Loop

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7.3 Miles 11.8 Kilometers


556' 170 m


-549' -167 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (9°)

5,768' 1,758 m


5,513' 1,680 m


Shared By Leslie Kehmeier


Minor Issues 11 hours ago
Some Mud - Mostly dry or tacky, only occasionally muddy. History

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Singletrack that circumnavigates Bear Creek Lake Park.

Leslie Kehmeier

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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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Mar 24, 2019
Mike Hadley
8.1mi — 1h 01m
Mar 24, 2019
Hunta Honn
Lots of up and down. Pretty uneventful 7.3mi
Mar 24, 2019
Glenn Sliva
Muddy in the spot noted previously but no problems elsewhere. Gonna be fast for racing. 8.6mi
Mar 22, 2019
Snow packed and muddy on the north face of Mt. Carbon, otherwise dry!
Dec 30, 2018
Pat Mead
Great day for a ride! 8.1mi
Dec 2, 2018
Kegan Warring
9mi — 3h 00m
Dec 1, 2018
Christopher Best
Nov 23, 2018
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  3.7 from 95 votes


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Rob Kelly
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Rob Kelly   Denver, CO
Expected this trail to be a bit more exciting than it is based on the rating - mostly flat with a couple short technical sections and 1-2 decent climbs on the loop. I rode my rigid SS and only had to walk once. Would advise riding in from outside the park as a vehicle pass will run you $10. Trail is well signed, but not very exciting. Jul 13, 2018

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