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Black Bear Trail

 3.8 (41)
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6.1 Miles 9.8 Kilometers


1,682' 513 m


-567' -173 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (12°)

6,957' 2,120 m


5,836' 1,779 m


Shared By Robb Green


Bad / Closed 16 days ago
Closed until August History

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Challenging trail that connects Hildebrand Ranch with the top of Deer Creek Park.

Robb Green

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This is very steep and relentless climbing with many switchbacks—classic Colorado Front Range riding.


The Black Bear trail is smooth and flowy with very few technical sections. It is however relentlessly steep with tons of switchbacks.

This well signed trail is a great addition to Hildebrand Ranch making it a destination for advanced riders. The BBT was years in the making and It opened on August 1, 2018.


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Nov 10, 2018
Katie Purdy
Nov 9, 2018
made it ~3 mi.
Nov 9, 2018
Rich Purdy
Nov 4, 2018
Manolo Loya
A volver a terminarla 4mi
Oct 29, 2018
Robert Faessler
Oct 25, 2018
Grant Bradow
Trail is really falling apart on the Two Brands side 7mi
Oct 16, 2018
Oct 4, 2018
Matt Rettmer
Lots of climbing but a fun reward if ridden as Rx. The Cliff edge looks worse than actually is. If you want climbing training, this is your trail. 15mi

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  3.8 from 41 votes


  3.8 from 41 votes
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Stupid number of switchbacks (many of which are very tight and will require hopping/repositioning to clear... my long wheelbase wasn't even close to fitting on some of them) and a significant amount of sand. Make sure your rear tire has good tread. I don't mind steep trails or trails that require good fitness and really don't hate switchbacks within reason. But be warned, switchbackery is EXCESSIVE on this trail. There are some enjoyable parts, like after all the switchback silliness and descending the backside of the first hogback, but they were pretty short. Having a tiny bike, somewhat steeper headtube, and narrower handlebars will help the overall experience of this "trail". I finished on Deer Creek and that was the only thing that made the ride worth it for me. Sep 29, 2018
Chris G.
Chris G.   Lakewood
I couldn't imagine riding this trail in this direction. I did the deer creek extended loop and got to enjoy this from top down. There is a fair amount of work to be had in this direction. Like others have said, the fun-o-meter drops with all the switchbacks. Just when you think you get some flow, switchback! not a big switchback but a very very tight switchback. I thought it was just at the top but it is the entire way down. All in all it was pretty dang fun in the direction I did it and I'm glad I rode it but, Not sure i will be riding this one again Oct 24, 2018
Amazing trail. The highlight is dissecting each switchback. Some you'll be climbing, others you'll be descending, and there are many very unique challenges. But they're all rideable! (YMMV, I grew up near here.) You MAY be able to ride all the way without portaging if you go clockwise, but you'll do a big part of the descent on the road this way. The other way is better, but there are 3 impossible-to-ride-up sections as far as I can tell. In either direction, the descents are a nonissue. Dec 30, 2018

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