Bear Creek Lake Trail Loop

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Bear Creek Lake Regional Park

Bear Creek Lake Trail Loop is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Morrison, Colorado that features a lake 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 695 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips






partially paved


3 days ago

For a hiker this trail is meehhh. the 1st 1.5 you're literally walking through the town of Morrison on the bike trail/ sidewalk then for the next mile or so you're walking parallel to the street. Not impressed at all. It also sits beside a golf course. scenery is very lacking and boring. mostly bikers. I gave it 1 star, generously, because at least Im outside and im getting my miles in.

no shade
5 days ago

Be ready to be in the sun, unless your right next to the river. Saw some owls nesting on the before you make it to the loop but on the east side of 470. I would say the joker to biker ratio was 1:8

mountain biking
no shade
15 days ago

no shade
17 days ago

Nice walk not far from the city, but very popular with mountain bikers. Not a lot of shade on this trail. Great views of the city from the trail above Bear Creek Lake.

very close to road.

1 month ago

A very likable loop especially when the foothills are still icy or muddy. A couple variations can optimize single track (on the climb to the dam and the return trip along the creek instead of along the road). Diversity with quiet creek side single track and windswept summits. A surprisingly rich experience close to those living in Denver metro.

no shade
2 months ago

Trail does start as more of a bike path but then merges into actual trail. Not bad for moderate trail

Seemed to be a bike path through downtown Morrison more than a hiking trail. Entrance was not well marked so it was difficult to know where the path began.

6 months ago

We had a great time. There was snow & mud, but not enough to make the hike difficult. Be sure to take a few minutes and stand next to the creek running between 2 snow banks. So calming & beautiful

mountain biking
7 months ago

Rachel and Aaron bike ride

mountain biking
off trail
8 months ago

10 months ago

More for a stroll and a picnic rather than a hike. A lot of people were in the water.

Sun May 26 2019

great hike. most of it had little or no shade. not sure why this had us park 2 miles away in a parking lot instead of at the park itself. but we found a small trail off the road on the way.

Sun May 19 2019

Love this hike! Super beautiful. Yes you walk through Morrison, but no worries there.

Sun Apr 28 2019

Nice mellow hiking/walking trail with almost no elevation change.The trail weaves in and out of the shade along the creeks. There was a good breeze today that kept us cool in the non shaded areas, but could be quite hot without that. Great for dogs with intermittent areas for pups to get water from the creek.

mountain biking
Wed Mar 20 2019

Fri Jul 20 2018

I'm surprised that this trail has such high ratings. The 'beginning' of the trail on this map is actually all the way across town, you have to walk through almost all of Morrison just to begin the hike. So odd. Then when the hike actually begins its nice for a mile or so, followed by a verrry long and hot walk very near a golf course and with great views of suburban homes and at one point even a home depot. I think this trail is probably much better suited to mountain bikers...and there are definitely A LOT of those. I'd say drive the extra 30 or minutes or so and get yourself to a better trail.

Thu Jun 28 2018

Not a hard trail to tackle but there’s zero cover around most of the res. It got hot quick today and breaks were necessary but again, no cover in that area. The creek by the trail was awesome and my dog loved it, and these areas are shaded as well. My first time on this trail and next time I would take the opposite way around in order to get the no cover area around the res out of the way. Also was pleased with access to bathrooms.

Wed Apr 18 2018

My dog loves playing in the creek. Very easy to move on. Can get crowded in the summer and on weekends

Mon Nov 27 2017

Great trail. Multi-use so beware of mtn bikes if you're running. Elevation gain is all at once, so be ready for that.

mountain biking
Mon Jul 24 2017

Tue Jul 18 2017

Great trail with meandering route and profile. Sections of shade which was welcoming in the heat, butnalso sections where you are exposed. Can add on or cut corners at a few points but we chose to run to all the view points. Great to go for a dip in the lake afterwards. We parked at the visitor centre for easy access to both

mountain biking
Thu Jun 15 2017

Sat Nov 26 2016

I like this trail. I didn't want to conquer a mountain today, I Just wanted to be outside and meander, this is an easy trail but myself and my dogs had a good walk. Not much cover so it's pretty hot in the summer but for a fall day like today it was perfect.

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