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Lair O' the Bear - Bear Creek Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (410) 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.

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 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 4 others

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 410 votes

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  4.2 from 410 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
Lair O' The Bear - South to North
Oct 24, 2021 near Evergreen, 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

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Check-Ins

Sep 24, 2022
David Pepe
Sep 18, 2022
Jason Magalhaes
Sep 9, 2022
Brian K
1h 35m
Aug 24, 2022
Nick Tomich
Aug 1, 2022
Matthew Goldatein
Jul 31, 2022
Jesse Synn
Started by Pence, turned around after reaching the river by lair o' bear- too many people/strollers etc on that last section:) 10.4mi — 1h 45m
Jul 21, 2022
Grant Garfield
2h 15m
Jul 9, 2022
Kimberly Cox