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Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (381) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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12.6

Miles

20.3

KM

95%

Singletrack

7,412' 2,259 m

High

6,549' 1,996 m

Low

1,544' 471 m

Up

1,544' 470 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes 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.

NOTE: Highway 74 (Bear Creek Canyon) is closed Mon-Friday, until Feb 28th 2021, between Morrison and Idledale. If you're coming from Denver you may want to take I-70 to 45 instead. jeffco.us/1254/Lair-o-the-B…

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mark Eller with improvements by Cam Bumsted and 2 others

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 381 votes

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  4.1 from 381 votes
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Photos

Lisa rides down the first rocky section on Lair O' the Bear.
Mar 27, 2017 near Kittredge, CO
One of the ride's many techy corners
Jul 8, 2013 near Kittredge, CO
Riding the rock wall.
Jul 22, 2021 near Kittredge, CO
Fatties are fun at LOB!
Mar 18, 2016 near Kittredge, CO
Fun drop following a rock garden at the beginning of an awesome flowing downhill section.
Aug 8, 2019 near Kittredge, CO
Cleaning it!
Jul 22, 2021 near Kittredge, CO

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Oct 1, 2021
Gritty Flyer
First time on this trail and this was a blast! Tough climbing in spots but worth it. 11.8mi — 1h 40m
Sep 28, 2021
Tenzin Chuteng
Sep 25, 2021
Josh Todd
Sep 25, 2021
Craig Robinson
Sep 22, 2021
Brad Stevens
Sep 20, 2021
Matthew Moodie
Elevation 1703'. Super fun trail! 12.2mi — 2h 08m
Sep 19, 2021
Eric McConnell
Aug 27, 2021
Nick Roosen
13.5mi — 1h 37m