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Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail

 4.1 (215)
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12.2 Miles 19.7 Kilometers




1,673' 510 m


-1,673' -510 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (13°)

7,420' 2,261 m


6,548' 1,996 m



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

Mark Eller

Overview [Suggest Changes]

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 [Suggest Changes]

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.

Description [Suggest Changes]

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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Jun 23, 2018
Tony Nesavich
Jun 19, 2018
Kristopher Kaufmann
Jun 18, 2018
Carrie Keahey
hero dirt 10mi
Jun 17, 2018
Kevin Lanan
Jun 15, 2018
Alex Buis
Wicked rip with dan. We both popped tires, he walked a mile to hey mister for one. I ate shit at high speeds on the flow jump track thru the woods
Jun 13, 2018
Matt Carrigan
Mike's app said we only went 10.5mi but we did the full trail on the app.
Jun 13, 2018
Kevin Bronski
To the top of the first hill and back 5.5mi
Jun 12, 2018
Alex Brown

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Went on a Tuesday in July and was on the trail by 3:40. Congestion was very manageable and not a problem at all at this time. This was my first ride in the area and it didn't disappoint. Did about 6 miles of the trail total and can't wait to see the rest. Jul 26, 2016
Did this the "wrong" way around starting from Pence Park and rode 6 km or so out and same back plus a walking hike down the panorama track (bikes not allowed). Scenery was great and the ride was a pleasure after a mongrel utah ride the day before. Trail had good flow and had a number of rock gardens along the way. Most were readily makeable but beware of your chainrings on some of them. Great fun. Aug 25, 2017
What you need to know: - Get there before 8:30 if you want to park, seriously. - Bi-directional. Riders, runners, hikers, families, old people, dogs, going both ways. But the trail is usually wide enough to permit passing. - Busy on the weekends (but I wouldn't say crowded). Just be ready always to stop/slow down for others. - Full suspension recommended, but if you're really good on a hardtail and don't mind rocks, you'll be fine. Pros: - Super fun! Perfect length and level of technicality. Exactly intermediate. A few challenging features (rock gardens, crazy roots, May 26, 2018

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