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Stream and waterfall dried up as of late September. Found a lot of bird action at the 0.6 mile marker just over a 20 ft long wooden bridge. Fall colors were beautiful. Best time of year to take this hike for stream and waterfall is mid-may through mid-June. No road signs leading to the hike. Must use miles on your car to find for first time. Still 4 star because close to city and close to Boulder.

trail running
20 hours ago

Excellent trail, with great panoramic view at the end.

This is a go-to trail, the only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is that almost half of the trail is a dirt road, but there are beautiful creek views along the road. There’s a little bit of everything, shade, sun, flat, steep and great views. Bring sunscreen, the road has little shade.

Pretty trail, about 4 miles out and back. Lots of options to go further if you want to.

Loved it! Easy diverse terrain and beautiful views. Not crowded. Easy parking.

Great hike with beautiful sights! My mom didn’t think she’d be able to do a 4 mile hike, but felt amazing when she finished it. A good spot for a relatively easy hike in the woods!

Yeah it's a little crowded, but Lair o' the Bear in general is. You don't go there for secluded walks, but more of a meander-with-kids-or-dogs type easy hike. Great for kids as they get the fun of climbing the 'bluff' and can play around in the creek after. We've been to LofB half a dozen times, and this is the first time we've ever formally followed a trail instead of just playing around. Really nice, would do this one again.

hiking
1 day ago

Lovely trail close to Denver. Great open valleys and a pretty lake at the top. Took me about 3 hours roundtrip and I am a moderate(ish) hiker. Left before sunrise and the trail was empty. Was the first to the top and had the entire lake to myself and my dog. Dog loved running around at the top by the lake. Solid workout but not too hard at all

hiking
1 day ago

I love this trail!!!!

Not to be missed! Spectacular hike, especially in the fall.

there were some good views. once I got to the lake, that was the best. the trail itself felt more like walking along a 4x4 road. very busy and parking was scarce by 0700. for a quick easy 4 mile hike it wasnt bad but I won't do it again. many better trails in Indian Peaks to go back to.

I would highly recommend this trail, loved it. Amazing views from summit. It is a bit of a slog thru lodgepole pines initially and I started to wonder how it would be but after about 20 min. it opens up to lovely views. I would recommend taking trail on right to summit, past gate. It is a bit of a climb but wait till you see the views, what a reward. I had a hard time leaving the summit. So beautiful!

Great views! Not easy to get lost. LOL. Very straightforward. There were some rocky and steep areas, but overall, it was great. My dog loved it! There weren’t too many folks in the early am. I loved the views and that it was close to town. Great! And def moderate.

Perfect hike to take anyone on. So easy and ridiculously scenic. You could easily spend an hour or more enjoying the views, eating a meal, or watching the outdoor weddings that seem to happen all day long.

Great hike and decent workout. The 3/4 mile and the last 3/4 is steep. Took me about 3:45 round trip with about 30 min up top. Beautiful views. I got there at 9:15 and honestly wish I got there a littler earlier because it did get crowded. But it was also a Saturday.

Great trail. Got there at 7am on a Saturday and there were only a few cars in the parking lot. Took us 2 hours to get up to the top taking breaks occasionally. Trail is easy to follow and a good moderate hike. It’s fairly steep at the beginning and the end but worth the few. Once we headed back down it was very busy with a lot of people. I’d recommend you go early in the morning to avoid the crowds!

Super fun trail for beginner-to-moderate riders!

hiking
3 days ago

I hiked up to the lake and found a few geocaches. A good portion of the trail is in the woods, getting above the tree line towards the end. Didn’t see too many people on a weekday morning but it’s clear this is a popular trail. I enjoyed eating my lunch with the lake to myself, watching the birds. I was out for 4h and travelled 7.7 miles.

trail running
3 days ago

Gorgeous! Nice length. Elevation changes aren’t crazy, but more gradual with some shorter, steeper areas. I couldn’t run up the scramble you will see to the left of the ridge onto the rock formation. Good excuse to sit and relax before going back.

Great Trail winding up and down along the creek with cool waterfall. It's easy to lose the trail when you have to cross the creek. The yellow marker is easy to see after you cross the creek.

Great trail. It took my dogs and I about an hour and a half to complete from the campground. will definitely do it again. It's a plus that the aspens are changing right now!!

hiking
5 days ago

Nice views with the leaves changing colors. The last 1/4 mile had some tough steep hills. Certainly got the heart pounding.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail - well maintained and clearly marked. I got there at 6:50 on Tuesday and didn’t see a single other person the whole hike. Sunrise was technically at 6:45, but since the trail is in a valley I walked in shade almost the entire time. The aspens are beautiful right now! I took another hiker’s advice and went clockwise. It was nice to get the short, rocky uphill bursts out of the way at the beginning. There a really gorgeous spot where the trail opens to a panoramic view just before you get to the actual “Panorama Point.” Other than that there’s not many views, but the hike was still lovely.

The highlight for my four kids was feeding the chipmunks. The views were also spectacular! Next time I’m bringing lunch as there are picnic tables at the top. We went on a Sunday so there was a lot of traffic and a lot of kids feeding the chipmunks. Please remember to approach the chipmunks quietly as to not scare them all away from others who are enjoying the chipmunks. This was a favorite and highly recommend for families.

Did this hike 3 days ago and it was one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. The ridge was beautiful and we actually walked about 1.5 mile along south spur. The fall colors and views were magnificent. Watched a marmot for quite awhile. Splendid!!!

came on a Tuesday...trail was empty . amazing 360 views at the top. moderate hike...pretty aspens here and there. clear signage and lots of parking. I recommend this hike for a short one

Absolutely stunning views and very fun hike up to the top!

I loved this trail! It is a good workout but not too hard. It is well maintained. There are plenty of beautiful sights along the way and at the end there is a very big payoff in the way of a beautiful lake surrounded by an awesome rotunda of rock. I took a dip in the lake and it was exhilarating to say the least. Highly recommended

hiking
7 days ago

nice day hike.

took the family (Wife daughter 5 son 3) for their first hike. we had a great time. the waterfall is dried up at the moment but the lake was beautiful.

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