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Black Bear Trail

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 3.7 (55)

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


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Map Key

6.1

Miles

9.8

KM

Singletrack

6,957' 2,120 m

High

5,836' 1,779 m

Low

1,682' 513 m

Up

567' 173 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

The driving directions link will take you to the back of a neighborhood. There is a trail that starts here, but you cannot connect easily to the Black Bear Trail without crossing closed fences. Make sure to park at the Hildebrand Ranch trailhead and parking area.

Need to Know

Trail is seasonally closed from February 1st through July 31st.

Great trail, but once over the hogback, there is no bail out trail. So, if you get hurt or jack up your bike, be prepared to hike all the way up and over the hogback to get back to where you were. Again, no bail out trail.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Robb Green with improvements by Vaughn Brown and 3 others

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 55 votes

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  3.7 from 55 votes
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#57

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#152

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My favorite section of the trail
Aug 9, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO
“The Ledge”
Aug 3, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO
Mountain Biking the Black Bear Trail. A Deer Creek connector.
Aug 3, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO
Mountain Bike Riding the NEW Black Bear Trail || Colorado
Oct 23, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO
Climbing Black Bear from east to west. How technical and how many switchbacks are there?
Aug 14, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO
Riding the cliff west to east.
Aug 14, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO

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Check-Ins

Mar 27, 2021
Cesar Vazquez
Sep 23, 2020
Christopher McCarthy
Black Bear to Deer Creek 19mi — 2h 30m
Apr 5, 2020
Nick Ferguson
Sep 12, 2019
Kylie Small
0h 56m
Aug 23, 2019
Erland Mowinckel
Aug 16, 2019
Eugeniu Malancea
13.4mi
Aug 13, 2019
donovan ellison
Aug 4, 2019
Ben Mottinger