Explore the most popular hiking trails in Lair o' the Bear Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It's my go-to for out-of-towners wanting to go for a hike.

In a mile and a half, you get stream, meadow, woodland, and rocky outcropping. The out of towners get a "hike" experience, without anyone getting too winded.

Then to finish things off, there's places to go eat/drink at 5-10 min drive up or down the canyon.

Very nice walk for any skill level. Pleasant and quiet even though there wefe quite a few other folks out. Gorgeous area.

great beginner and intermediate hiking. Beautiful meadows and forest views. Plenty of hiking trails to change it up.

Great For A Family Outing!!

Icy patch just past the castle but other than that trail was clear. Hiked along the creek and up to the panorama point - 6.6 miles out and back.

walking
1 month ago

Great little hike / walk, dog friendly!

2 months ago

The start is a beautiful walk along the river and past the castle. The climb is a good workout and the loop has beautiful views. Be careful you don't miss the entrance to the loop on the left, if you do, you will add on another mile or so. FYI-There are a couple places to start besides Lair of the Bear, if you want to make it a shorter or longer hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Current conditions: very muddy with slush. Bring the shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and a pair to change into afterwards

walking
2 months ago

Went on a warm afternoon in February. Very easy and relaxing trail. Only saw two other people. Very icy in some spots. Use Crampons for sure at this time of year.

This is an easy trail, so great for many ages and abilities. There are also quite a few picnic areas and wide trails so it is good for groups. This time of year the Creek is mostly frozen and parts of the trail were icy, but we had no issues. It is nice that the trail follows the creek for portions.

hiking
3 months ago

The bathrooms are exquisite for an outhouse. They’re quite lovely, well kept and very clean. The doggies weren’t very nice. Rather, their humans weren’t very nice as they wouldn’t let their doggies stop to be petted. PSA to dog owners: let me pet your doggie. The trail itself is very flat and very little gains. No bros on the trail today. This trail is perfect for brining your Midwest relatives who want that “Colorado outdoor hiking experience” as they don’t know what altitude is. All in all, this trail was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Also the water feature was

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail for its scenery and rocky parts! Took this up to Panorama Point, looped up the peak, and back down again. The map here is a little misleading because you think you're going to hook up with Bear Creek trail on the peak of the loop to Panorama Point, but it's just an up and down.

Be careful of mountain bikers because they DO NOT bother to yield to anyone or even communicate until they're right on top of you. Lots of trail runners as well.

If you want great scenery than this one is for you. Head out early and beat the crowd.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike for a multi-family group of 8 people, including very small children. Beautiful scenery includes the river and a "castle" along its banks.

Overall his was an easy hike. Started at the Bear O The Lair Parking lot, walked next to the water then up the bear creek trail. I took the road back. Nice scenery, some families picnicing, mtn bikers, trail runners etc.....saw some fisherman as well. A mtn biker said he saw a large deer cross the trail today.

Went on a Saturday morning and it was pretty empty. Trail is dry still and it was a great December hike. Most of the trail is in the shade though so make sure you dress accordingly.

tons of trails at lair of the bear.... some are short and for the tourists... but those looking for a good day hike can find one here for certain!

Great experience once you are over a mile into it. Highway noise goes away and the trail has a smooth, winding and wooded beauty to it. Good for challenging your elevation gains! Lots of bikes on the weekend, going to run this on a weekday to see how that goes:)

A pretty hike with nice views. I rate this as barely moderate. It's pretty easy. The loop portion is the part that delivers the views. The only difficult part is trekking back up part of the loop once at the bottom, but that's a very short distance.

Beautiful fall colors right now! Only downfall, you can hear the traffic for a good portion of the way & it can get very crowded if you don't an early start.

The park breaks off into a few trails & the signage gets a bit confusing we ended up on the long loop for Bear Creek & off of Bruins but overall loved it. Great place to take the family for a picnic & splashing in the creek

This was our first hike in the Rocky Mountains, we did some research and this was recommended as stroller friendly so we tried it out with our 20 month old. I wouldn't take a stroller again, their are some Rocky parts and parts that you walk through a few inches of stream but it was beautiful and worth it. We'll be purchasing a hiking backpack carrier for future hikes.

This is a beautiful trail. If you start at the park entrance, it's just about over a mile to get to the main Bear Creek trailhead. The mile walk to the trailhead is gorgeous with a flowing creek. I've been here twice so far and love the trail. The only downside in my opinion, there are a A LOT of mountain bikers on the trail...which usually means you have to constantly move out of their way.

Easy fun trail for families, well maintained and easy to get to.

We had a great time hiking this trail! Very well maintained and lots of wildflowers to see. Beautiful vistas and not too far from shopping and restaurants.

fun place. short loop. icy in winter.

walking
8 months ago

Super kid friendly.. saw baby ducks and deer along the way.

hiking
8 months ago

Less traveled and easy.

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