Bear Creek Trail to Panorama Point

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Bear Creek Trail to Panorama Point is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idledale, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

10 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy trail, so great for many ages and abilities. There are also quite a few picnic areas and wide trails so it is good for groups. This time of year the Creek is mostly frozen and parts of the trail were icy, but we had no issues. It is nice that the trail follows the creek for portions.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this trail for its scenery and rocky parts! Took this up to Panorama Point, looped up the peak, and back down again. The map here is a little misleading because you think you're going to hook up with Bear Creek trail on the peak of the loop to Panorama Point, but it's just an up and down.

Be careful of mountain bikers because they DO NOT bother to yield to anyone or even communicate until they're right on top of you. Lots of trail runners as well.

If you want great scenery than this one is for you. Head out early and beat the crowd.

hiking
2 months ago

tons of trails at lair of the bear.... some are short and for the tourists... but those looking for a good day hike can find one here for certain!

trail running
3 months ago

Great experience once you are over a mile into it. Highway noise goes away and the trail has a smooth, winding and wooded beauty to it. Good for challenging your elevation gains! Lots of bikes on the weekend, going to run this on a weekday to see how that goes:)

hiking
3 months ago

A pretty hike with nice views. I rate this as barely moderate. It's pretty easy. The loop portion is the part that delivers the views. The only difficult part is trekking back up part of the loop once at the bottom, but that's a very short distance.

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