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Mt Carbon Loop



7.3 mile 11.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 556' 170 m
Descent: -549' -167 m
High: 5,768' 1,758 m
Low: 5,513' 1,680 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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Singletrack that circumnavigates Bear Creek Lake Park.

Leslie Kehmeier

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Need to Know

Bear Creek Lake Park is has a $10 entrance fee (annual passes are available). Alternatively, there is free parking on Soda Lakes Road just to the west of C470. You can bike in from there via the sidewalk along Morrison Road and start at the picnic area on the western side of the loop.


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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Chilly beauty is easy to find during a wintertime ride on the Mt Carbon Loop
Dec 17, 2016 near Morrison, CO
Another look at the final straightaway
Apr 29, 2014 near Morrison, CO
Frozen Bear Lake and Red Rocks on background
Dec 20, 2019 near Morrison, CO
Denver donwtown Skyline on the background
Dec 20, 2019 near Morrison, CO
View to the west from above Bear Creek Lake
Nov 25, 2012 near Morrison, CO
Cottonwood Trail along Bear Creek.
Nov 25, 2012 near Morrison, CO

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