Bear Creek and Bruin Bluff Trail

MODERATE 296 reviews
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Bear Creek and Bruin Bluff Trail is a 14.6 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 14.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,280 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


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.

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!!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Very easy and short

3 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Simple but pretty little loop around a stream

over grown
7 months ago

9 months ago

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

Wed Oct 03 2018

Nice trails

mountain biking
Sun Sep 23 2018

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

Sat Sep 08 2018

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

Mon Aug 13 2018

Fairly easy hike. Nicely shaded.

mountain biking
Fri Aug 03 2018

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.

mountain biking
Sat Jul 21 2018

Only issue is the number of people.

Fri Jun 29 2018

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.

Sun Jun 24 2018

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.

Wed Jun 20 2018

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

Mon Jun 11 2018

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

Sun Jun 10 2018

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

mountain biking
Sat Jun 09 2018

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

Wed Jun 06 2018

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.

Mon Jun 04 2018

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

Mon Jun 04 2018

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

Sat Jun 02 2018

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.

Sat May 26 2018

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.

Sun May 13 2018

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

Sat May 12 2018

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.

Wed May 09 2018

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.

Thu May 03 2018

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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