Looking for a great trail in Bear Creek Cañon Park, Colorado? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Bear Creek Cañon Park ranging from 5.7 to 8.4 miles and from 6,354 to 9,087 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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no shade
1 day ago

Absolutely amazing trail

The beginning is tough. Steep switchbacks and you incline up the mountain. But once you peak, it’s a gradual decline. Full of beautiful views and lots of trees to provide shade.

One of the best places so far to hiking!

hiking
7 days ago

great hike. steep uphill, gradual decline, lots of rim hiking

hiking
no shade
11 days ago

Great trail. Clearly marked. My 6 and 10 year old completed the 6 mile hike and enjoyed it!

horseback riding
11 days ago

This trail is for horseback, but not many comments and it is much needed so here goes all you horseback riders: This trail is BEAUTIFUL and a wonderful ride. However, please read the following so you and your horse are prepared: The section 16 loop is able to be completed via horseback. BUT- if you go counter clockwise, starting at the section 16 trailhead, the incline that begins after the intersection of the Intemann trail is difficult. It is very rocky and steep. Your horse should be in excellent shape and used to picking their way through rocks and terrain. I would rate this as difficult and only for experienced horseman. With that being said, here are 2 options we found-after going up the incline that a great for horseman that don't want to tackle technical terrain. 1) take the section 16 trail head counter-clockwise to the Intemann trail. The Intemann trail is an up and back, not a loop. It does connect to the red rocks canyon area, so that adds length if you want. Other than needing to duck some lower tree branches, the trail is in the easy to moderate range. A couple places are mildly rocky. 2) Take the section 16-Parmer trail clockwise. This route is gentle and an easy ride except for one point. There is a water crossing where there is a bridge, but I would not put my horse across the bridge because it is narrow and some of the boards were broke. The water is a small amount of water that goes down a granite rock. We got off and slowly lead our horses around the bridge and carefully over the smooth rocks. Please be careful. The rocks are slick, but by going slow and allowing our horses to pick their own route, they were fine. Once you get to the top of the trail, it's a great place for a break to enjoy the view. Here is where I would turn around. Past this point is the steep, rocky part of the trail that I would not recommend unless you are a seasoned horseman with a seasoned horse for that terrain. One other note for horseman- we went on a Sunday starting about 11 in hopes the early birds would have left. Unfortunately, trailer parking is very difficult. We found a place to park down the road and around the corner at one of the Bear Creek Canyon pull offs. Other options are-park at Penrose-Norris and use the Bear Creek trails to get to Section 18, or park at Red rocks open space and take those trails to section 18 and Intemann. We are going to give one of those a try on our next adventure. I hope this helps all you horseman out there. Great trail, lots of fun. We met wonderful people on the route and had a blast.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Excellent as usual. Recent bear activity and warning signs to that effect. So just pay attention to the protocol for dealing with them.

We tackled this hike and it was great. We hiked the steep and rocky portion first (it is a doozy!) and then ran the entire downhill. It was gorgeous and not terribly difficult for average hikers (which is what we are). We wouldn’t recommend hiking it in the opposite direction only because the steep, rocky last mile isn’t worth a potential injury to us.

Always an amazing hike. This time however was even more special as we crossed paths with a beautiful black bear. He heard us coming up the trail and I saw him veer off to the right of the path. He headed in the opposite direction as we slowly walked by. It was both terrifying and amazing all at the same time. What a truly beautiful experience.

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rocky
18 days ago

I went counterclockwise like recommended and it was hard for about a mile or so but other than that it was great.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

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blowdown
closed
over grown
21 days ago

Trail closed to protect watershed

people need to jeep their dogs on a leash. that is why there is a leash law people.

hiking
rocky
21 days ago

Amazing and beautiful views from the top. A very nice trail to hike. Very peaceful you can take in so much nature. Hiked up 2 miles on the rocky terrain until we reached the saddle outstanding views. Then you hike around the edge and see even more amazing views. So many beautiful green trees. Watch out for bikers on the road and on the trail itself. All the bikers were super nice. Parked on Gold Camp Road not a big parking lot. We only saw 4 hikers and maybe 6 bikers. Didn’t see any bears or any bear action.

I enjoyed this trail very pretty and not a lot of traffic which was super nice. It is definitely moderate. it's clean, didn't see much trash or anything. I recommend it.

Quiet, well maintained and moderately challenging.

Beautiful hike! The hike up the steep, rocky terrain was killer but the view at the top and the walk back down was way worth it!

Reviews weren’t kidding with the first mile of the trail! It’s steep and rocky - be prepared for a challenge if you’re trail running. The path is very narrow at some parts - Stay alert and you’re golden. Path was also clearly marked along the way. A high recommend for a trail run! The sights are breathtaking.

Great trail! Hiked it counter clockwise and enjoyed every bit of it!

I enjoyed this. I went counterclockwise, the first 1.7 miles you summit, the last 3/4 is the toughest, then the rest of the hike is an easy, gradual decent. I did not see any bears, bugs weren’t unmanageable. I didn’t see many people, just a couple mountain bikers. Good hike, I’d do again.

Trail is currently closed due to Bear activity

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Hiked this trail early this morning, it was a bit muddy as there was a lot of rain last night. I saw large poop and a print. When I got back to the trail head there was a group of people discussing a bear sighting. One of the hikers came across a sow about halfway through this loop, I think. Stay vigilant!

Great trail, starts off tough with a steep incline but rounds out a bit and is a nice loop that lets you come out just up the road from the start.

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