MTB Project Logo

Mt Carbon Loop

 3.7 (92)

7.3 Miles 11.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

556' 170 m

Ascent

-549' -167 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

5,768' 1,758 m

High

5,513' 1,680 m

Low

Shared By Leslie Kehmeier

Conditions


Minor Issues 42 days ago
Dry: Lots of horse poop on the trail History

Getting forecast...

Singletrack that circumnavigates Bear Creek Lake Park.

Leslie Kehmeier

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

Description

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.

Contacts

You & This Trail


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Oct 19, 2018
Catski S
6.9mi
Sep 30, 2018
Garrett Marsilio
With Paul Iannone. 7.3mi
Sep 29, 2018
Patrick Csongei
super mellow with a little bit of climbing. added in the north park loop 15.7mi
Sep 19, 2018
Adrian Belinne
Sep 9, 2018
David Densmore
Sep 9, 2018
Fat Nick
Some fun downhill bits going clockwise around the loop. Watch out for the horse poop. 11mi
Sep 7, 2018
Kristen Keravich
Easy 7.3mi
Sep 6, 2018
Kyle Maass
8.1mi

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 92 votes

#23

Overall
  3.7 from 92 votes
5 Star
21%
4 Star
39%
3 Star
32%
2 Star
9%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#11

in Colorado

#23

Overall
352 Views Last Month
22,745 Since Mar 8, 2013
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

26%
70%
5%
0%
0%
0%
Rob Kelly
Denver, CO
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

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter