Explore the most popular walking 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.

Lots of shade, boulders to climb, awesome creeks, nice views.

FUN AND EASY HIKE WITH THREE KIDS.

nice easy hike with tons of nature and exploring opportunities!

This is a great trail within easy reach of the city. It is quite popular though, so consider arriving early!
The parking lot and trails are well-maintained and there are bathrooms at the trail head. There are also ruins of an early homestead right off the parking lot - very interesting!
Though the first portion of the trail follows below a road, the sound of the river on your other side drowns out most of the noise and you rarely actually see any vehicles. This is a good trail to take kiddos on and to feel like you've gotten far from the city while only being about 15 minutes outside Morrison.
After about the first mile and a half you even pass a castle (Dunafor Castle)! I'd recommend this trail to anyone.

While this area is nice, this hike is less than exciting. If you’re looking for an easy walk through the woods then go for it. No great views, no excitement. Very moderate, if you hike with any frequency this trail will be too easy for you.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trial for our first time hike with a toddler! It took two hours, we walked very slowly and weren’t tired. Highly recommended for kids.

Great place to walk on some easy trails, but also has some more hilly trails if you’re looking for something more adventurous.

great trail. heavily trafficked with mtn bikers so be careful. moderate due to length, otherwise fairly easy with a couple steep inclines

Great Moderate hike, however I recommend continuing on Bear Creek Trail into the mountain for great views and wildlife

Bear Creek Trail was a very nice hike and was very shady most of the time. Views are great and the hike is pretty secluded. This is a great hike to take kids as well as pets.

Good rolling trails, challenging ascents with decent that pay off. Come early as this gets crowded early.

Perfect for a quick day hike close to Denver. Very crowded, even on a weekday. Passes a few stream crossings which are nice for the dog to get some water and feet wet. Easy but still with a little elevation gain-- nice view from the high point about halfway through the trail. Lots of dogs and children. We had a little picnic at one of the many sitting areas near the stream after the hike-- very enjoyable. 3 stars only because view are very mediocre and it's close to the highway but not all trails can be 5 star views! Will definitely be back in the future.

Went 5 miles roundtrip from parking at Little Park (the lot the directions take you too). If you only do the trail along the creek (first 2 miles) it’s absolutely easy w/ kiddos and fishers. The moderate kicks in at about 2.1 when you start working uphill away from the creek and I would assume continues that level until 7.25 miles. The first two miles can be quite busy and does have a road nearby HOWEVER if you are able to go during a weekday (I went 2PM Tuesday June 5th) it’s honestly not bad at all and pretty serene being along the creek. The beginnings of wildflowers are popping up with a bunch of columbines about 2.25 miles in. Long story short: if you want the hike to be moderate/ a workout and not a lot of people, then prepare to go past the 2 mile mark into the woods and hills or go on a weekday.

Great hike for families! We have a toddler so we had a stroller and the trail was wide enough the whole way. Get there early because by 830am the lot was full.

The rating says moderate. It was VERY easy. Especially when you see little kids walking the trail. Definitely not moderate.

One of the most beautiful hikes I've been on... will definitely be back to do it again!

Not sure how this trail has a moderate rating. It’s flat. Like super duper flat. You will not be getting a workout unless you run or try going up one of the super steep mountain bike trails. I don’t recommend that by the way. And crowded. The creek is pretty but lots of bicycles and people and road noise. Not what I was looking for.

on Bruin Bluff Trail Loop

1 month ago

Went a few weeks ago, very easy trail, family and beginner friendly. Dogs are welcomed, restrooms are clean and park rangers were at the entrance if anyone had questions (not sure if that's often). Lots of people having bbqs at the picnic areas. This place was VERY crowded and I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a more "calming" hike. Lots of parking available, but gets very full fast.

Perfect for our kids (ages 8 and 4). Did this one first, then had a picnic and played in the creek before going to check out the castle trail.

Definitely one of my favorite hikes that is within an hours drive of pretty much anywhere in the metro area. Can get busy by mid-morning or midday but if you're there by 8a you'll be fine. I'd say it's a moderate hike for the most part. Great view at the end of the Panorama switch-off.

Fun but crowded. Great for families w littles.

Not as busy on a weekday. Great flat trail and branches off into other hikes.

walking
2 months ago

Very easy walk along the creek, but it is incredibly busy. It was nice to be able to stop and enjoy the creek if you could find anywhere that wasn't already occupied.

Easy, flat trail. It’s very busy. It is also between a quiet creek/river and a busy road. There is a lot of road noise, making the whole experience not very serene.

It was a bit tricky to find the actual trail using the app's directions, so I did quite a bit of meandering. Beautiful hike with lots of trail options. Seems easier than a lot of other moderate hikes.

By far one of my favorite quick go to’s. I love the weaving in and out of the trees and the rock ledge that peaks out so you can see your car in the parking lot. Heavily trafficked but still enjoyable. Great for a quick booty workout and then soak your feet in the creek!

hiking
2 months ago

After finishing Bear Creek to Bruin Bluff and Creekside Trail, I looked up a near by short trail. This was the same trail as Bear Creek to Bruin Bluff and Creekside Trail but coming from the busier side of the parking area. At 10:30am, I had to drive around few circles to find a parking spot. Lots of family, kids are out.

Beautiful May day, perfect temperature for a short hike. Lots of family and kids. Plenty of parking spot from this side was available at 9:15am to 10:30am.

hiking
2 months ago

Dear mountain bikers, I have something to say to you, as well as to hikers who are concerned for their safety.

As I approached the steeper section of Bear Creek Trail, the trail sign said that bikers should yield to the hikers. Despite this, the bikers rushed down the very steep trail barely slowing down and cousing hikers to stop and move to the edges of the trail.

I felt uncomfortable, concerned for my safety, and angered by the irresponsibility of the bikers. I saw several pregnant women on the trail, people with very small kids, and elderly people.

What makes you, mountain bikers think that rushing through hikers in the great speed with bulky bikes on the rocky and narrow trail is acceptable?

I had to be hyper vigilant and jump to the side so many times that I lost the count. I am not hiking that section of the trail again.

I would suggest to park administration to make this trailer prohibited to hikers or to bikers. An accident is waiting to happen due to how bikers use this trail.

When I turned around and was going down the hill, one biker was approaching me and peddling uphill. They seemed very strained by the difficulty of it and lost control of their front wheel while passing me. I stepped to the margin of the trail but it was just few inches that prevented them from hitting me. This section of the trail was very narrow and steep and if they had hit me and lost their balance, one or both of us could have easily fallen down that hill.

Thank you for the two or three bikers out of more than 30 who actually slowed down adequately and were respectful and considerate.

I was hiking on Saturday morning which probably caused higher than usual traffic.

In addition, many bikers passed through hikers really fast on the level trail as well and made crowds of hikers move to the sides.

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