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Bear Creek and Bruin Bluff Trail

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Lair o' the Bear Park

Bear Creek and Bruin Bluff Trail is a 14.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idledale, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 14.6 mi Elevation gain 2,280 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Fun mostly singletrack trail west of Morrison, Colorado. This is a fun intermediate difficulty mountain bike trail west of Morrison, Colorado. It is mostly a rolling trail with a moderate amount of climbing. Technically it is an intermediate trail with an occasional short advanced technical sections thrown in. Directions to trail: From Denver, make your way to Morrison. This is a cute little town and a great place to have some food/beer after the ride (i.e. The Morrison Inn). Take Highway 74 west for about 4 miles. You can start your ride at Little Park but most people will start at the main parking lot. The trail described is from Little Park. If you want to make this an even longer ride, continue on Parmalee Gulch Road and follow signs for Mount Falcon Park. You will be at the uppermost parking lot of Mount Falcon and you can do the Mount Falcon trail.

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Eric Butler
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Hiking

Hiked this in two stages on different days. Currently very icy, but very doable with spikes.

Deanna Palombo
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I’ve only run this trail before and usually love the steep climb, but came up on 2/5 after the snowstorm to try snowshoeing. I made it about 3 miles in and it was not optimal- about 2ish inches of powder on top of a thick layer of solid ice. Definitely not enough coverage to get a grip w snowshoes or poles, crampons might have worked better. Might stick to running this is in drier weather!

Betsy Grondzki
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Hiking

I would like to come back here, started great with kids. Got very icey which we weren’t prepared for, but overall a great day!!

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Lauren User
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Hiking

The trails inside of the park are very easy, but the views are beautiful especially in the fall.

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Kendra Poirier
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Hiking

Loved this trail excellent for easy and dog friendly. Running water streams very nice! Can’t wait to go back

Jordan Frommer
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Hiking

Very easy and short

LilQueen Murphy
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Hiking

fun and family friendly! great views we swim here, hike and enjoy nature! close to denver about 20-25 mins away! good swimming holes, some parts are deep other spots are pretty shallow.

DD23 User
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Hiking

Simple but pretty little loop around a stream

Gracie Flohr
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Joanna M
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HikingMuddySnow

Some icy spots when the snow is melting y’all tracks were useful. From the lot the trail is pretty close to the highway, great views but you can hear the cars, which is a downfall to getting out in nature. Once you get pst the castle it’s not as bad. Muddy in some spots, not too many ppl in comparison to mt falcon

Kirk Tappin
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Nice trails

Dallas Weaver
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Mountain biking

Parking lot fills quickly, arrive early. Lots of friendly folks at lower trail area. Crowds thin out past Panorama Point. Good trails, nice views

Guy Carlton
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Very easy. But it backs up to Bear Creek and Panoramic Point trails. Good hike!

Geoff Hardin
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Fairly easy hike. Nicely shaded.

Michael Manzer
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Mountain biking

North to South is best way to attack it if going out and coming back. 70% of effort is first half. Nobody on this trail on a weekday.

Marthew Taylor
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Mountain biking

Only issue is the number of people.

Nichole Lambert
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Hiking

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.

Tracy Richards
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Hiking

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.

Kali Goodrich
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Hiking

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

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

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

Neiman Porter
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Mountain biking

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

Caroline T
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Hiking

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.

Jamie Scott
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Hiking

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

Shannon B.
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Hiking

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

Elizabeth Klaimy
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Hiking

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.

Ersin Sulukioglu
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Hiking

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.

C Taylor
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Hiking

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

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