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Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail



12.6 mile 20.3 kilometer out and back
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,544' 471 m
Descent: -1,544' -470 m
High: 7,412' 2,259 m
Low: 6,549' 1,996 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)


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Mostly flowy singletrack, with a few small climbs and some very fun rock challenges.

Mark Eller

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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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.


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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May 21, 2020
Bryant P
May 17, 2020
Brian Clarke
2h 00m
May 17, 2020
Maribeth Olsen
so flowy! 12.6mi
May 17, 2020
Sophia Vancouver
Beautiful trail with some really fun technical play! 12.6mi — 2h 30m
May 17, 2020
Leon Varela
May 15, 2020
Ian Armstrong
May 9, 2020
Jonah Petoskey
May 9, 2020
Zach Laurie

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One of the ride's many techy corners
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Fatties are fun at LOB!
Mar 18, 2016 near Kittredge, CO
Sunny day but still icy
Dec 20, 2019 near Genesee, CO
The second rock garden coming down the backside of Lair O' the Bear.
Aug 18, 2016 near Kittredge, CO
Fun technical stuff at Lair O' the Bear
Sep 29, 2014 near Kittredge, CO

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