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Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail

 4.1 (232)

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


All Clear 12 days ago
Dry - Some sandy wash up top. All good 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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Aug 17, 2018
Alex Buis
Rick and I tore it up despite his head cold and my limp legs getting back into the swing of things. Tough features after my inactivity, still hoofed. 10mi
Aug 15, 2018
Chad McKenna
Took a ten minute beer break, super rad trail. 12mi
Aug 11, 2018
Matt Greenfield
Aug 10, 2018
Victoria Verderosa
Aug 8, 2018
Victor Gonzalez
Aug 6, 2018
Joshua Bebee
Aug 6, 2018
Dan Verderosa
Aug 3, 2018
Mark Solari
great ride. Good mix off flow and rocks! 6mi

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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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