Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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

mountain biking
10 days ago

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.

14 days ago

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.

16 days ago

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

16 days ago

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

23 days 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.

Nice trail alongside the creek and flat for while, past the castle. Then some elevation and loop with lots of mountain bikers and thin trail at points. Had to step aside frequently, which is okay, but would be have been more enjoyable without that. Covered for good portion of the trail and then Panorama Point with some nice rocks to sit on and view of the mountains in the distance.

1 month ago

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

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!

1 month 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.

No snow, lots of mountain bikes to dodge. I would recommend going early there were no parking spots when we left at 11.

1 month 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.

Well kept trail. Good for dogs and kids.

1 month ago

Easy trail with a few nice views and access to a stream.

Easy hike you can get really high and there is a stream down low. Leashes dogs allowed. It’s beautiful!!!

2 months ago

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.

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

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.

3 months ago

Great little hike / walk, dog friendly!

Nice mellow hike with the snow. Mostly flat. Good to do when short on time or you want to pick and choose how far to go.

4 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.

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