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Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail

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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


Shared By Mark Eller


Minor Issues 5 days ago
Snowy: Snow remains but is is soft/slushi, some parts are muddy and very little is dry. Overall is rideable History

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

Mark Eller

Dogs Unknown

Features eMTB allowed

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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Nov 11, 2018
Nathan Yang
Started a bit around 3:15pm, sun set at 4:50, finished ride at 530. Headed back around 4:10, so took about 45 min out, 1:20 out 12.2mi
Nov 10, 2018
JMH 17
Oct 29, 2018
David Miller
Oct 27, 2018
Tyler Pengelly
good ride, super mellow and rolling hills.
Oct 27, 2018
Mack Haugh
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 20, 2018
Adam Olson
12.7mi — 1h 45m
Oct 19, 2018
Chase Ballis

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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
Rich Miller
Rich Miller   Denver
Rode this the first time this morning, KILLER! I'm an instant fan, and will be back. Aug 23, 2018

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