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South Park - Burning Bear Loop

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An epic backcountry adventure ride.


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Map Key

22.8

Miles

36.7

KM

60%

Singletrack

11,704' 3,567 m

High

9,590' 2,923 m

Low

3,839' 1,170 m

Up

3,851' 1,174 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This is a proper adventure ride. If you want to feel 'out there' and don't mind doing some hike-a-bike and lots of climbing, this is a spectacular backcountry loop.

Description

From Georgetown, you can drive up and over Guanella Pass, then down the back side. Parking can be found at the Abyss Trailhead.

From here, ride Geneva Road up to the junction with NFSR 119. Take a left onto NFSR 119 and keep climbing. The road is a gradual uphill, giving you a good warmup before the more challenging climbing starts!

About 5 miles into the ride, you'll come to the South Park Trail #600. Turn left onto the trail, and you'll cross a dirt road and then encounter a maze of horse trails. Stay generally high and right. You'll encounter a lot of hike-a-bike on this section and the trail is very faint and almost overgrown at times. Look for cairns.

Eventually the line of cairns will intersect the Red Cone Jeep Road. Head left on this.

For a jeep road, this descent is incredibly fun. It starts off with high-speed descending through bermed turns, root drops, and rocks. Towards the bottom, it turns into one giant rock garden. If you choose a hard tail for this ride, you'll be regretting that choice right about now. Follow the fast, loose, chunky descent to the dirt road.

Turn left through the campground and watch for the Burning Bear Trail #601 on your left, across from a private driveway. It would be VERY easy to blow past this turn.

Climb Burning Bear Trail #601 over rocky terrain that gets steeper towards the top, but is mostly rideable. Finally, drop down the Burning Bear Trail #601 descent which is probably the best part of the ride. As the trail flattens out, head right through a cattle gate and back to your car.

Contacts

Shared By:

Zach Allen with improvements by s platte

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  3.1 from 11 votes

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DON'T BURN BEARS
Dec 21, 2020 near Jefferson, CO
View at the top
Aug 4, 2015 near Brecken…, CO
Climbing Burning Bear.
Jul 25, 2016 near Brecken…, CO

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Sep 21, 2019
Chip Loomis
Adventuring! did not see another cyclist...hhmm 22.8mi — 6h 00m
Jul 5, 2018
Kimberly Klus
nice stream surprise, good arm building lifting our bikes up wooden stairs & boulders on return! hiked a bit where boulders got tight, liked the c… 2mi
Jul 17, 2017
Ryan Ziccarelli
horrible. starts off fun but ends horribly. had to cut it short due to rain and nasty weather moving it. lots and lots of hike a bike! 15mi — 3h 45m
Sep 16, 2016
Steve Oliver
5h 33m
Jul 29, 2016
Eric Harbour
6h 00m