Bear Creek Trail

HARD 35 reviews
#10 of 19 trails in

Bear Creek Trail is a 6.9 mile out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

walking

wild flowers

Directions from Gold Camp Road: Take 26th Street southwest from Highway 24 in Old Colorado City. Follow it to the hairpin turn/intersection with the High Drive. Park your car at the turn and walk up the High Drive approximately 1 mile to the Bear Creek Traihead.

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is a bit of a mixed bag, the west side is quite nice and it’s fun to explore the adjacent peaks like Mount Buckhorn. The forest is dense so there are few view opportunities but those few are beautiful.

The east side trail is mostly for mountain bikes, a severely eroded gash in the mountainside that’s hard to hike as there is little hold for your boots. But it sure looks like a lot of fun for biking and it offers a few great views of Colorado Springs.

Finally, I wasn’t aware that a large part of the trail is on the road so I took the Spring Creek trail which starts right at the tunnel down to the Columbine trail. This trail is quite beautiful and adds some intense elevation changes to the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, one of favorites

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6 months ago

Awesome trail! Depending on the side trails you take this hike can get intense and a bit challenging but definitely worth it for the views!

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hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Great views! If you do out/back on same path it's continuous grade. If you do the loop described it will be more variability.

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Wouldn't categorize this as a hard trail, but definitely great views. I went off and peaked Mt Buckhorn, very rewarding.

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Took bear creek trail to jones park to Louds cabin. Enjoyed it-- nice moderate trail . Started at bear creek park .

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Phew!!! The "switchbacks" on the backside side of this thing are very long and very steep. Grade A calf burner. Serious suck in the first leg of this hike but you summit quickly then enjoy a long relaxing trail all the way down. Brace yourself for the first 30min to an hour but it's a small fraction of time compared to how you'll be spending most of the trail. Cool streams and even a little bridge to cross. Love this trail! Great views and an awesome workout. If you park at the trailhead just remember when you get spit back out onto the paved road go left!