Bear Creek Trail to Panorama Point is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,099 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

20 days ago

Nice, quick, low-traffic hike with moderate inclines in a setting that feels more remote and isolated than most in the Bear Creek area.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking was easy when we got there at 11:00AM on the weekend. Walking along the water to the trail was great nice and calm. The trail itself wasn't bad at all, there weren't any real tricky parts. Sometimes you had to walk up stone steps, but there wasn't anything particularly difficult about the trail. You do need to pay attention for bicyclists though because it is a mountain bike trail too. The people cycling that we encountered were nice and courtesy and didn't just fly at you from around corners. It was nice!

There isn't any signage to show you were the Panorama Point is once you're on the trail though, so make note of it on the map. We were able to find it after a few moments of looking because someone arranged rocks in the shape of a heart at the part you need to turn at. To get to the point it is a steep, but short hike. Overall, I really enjoyed this trail and it had many beautiful views. Even if you don't find the Point you will see beauty all around you as you hike, so don't get frustrated! :)

2 months ago

Lots of mountain bikers to watch out for. But I’d def do the hike again.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing surprise at the end of 6mile mark! Magic happens!

hiking
3 months ago

****ROUTE CHANGE******

Notice that this trail is labeled as a lollipop. When you are on the trail, you take the lollipop counter-clockwise. The vista is near the end of the lollipop. The part that returns to the stem has been "closed for renovation"; they want you to return the way you came to make it an out-and-back. This makes the trail significantly longer.

Solid elevation gain, good and easy terrain on the trail, but there are better views in Colorado. If you're new to the area, you will love it. If you've lived here for a few years, it is just "good".

hiking
3 months ago

Lot of mountain bikers to dodge but lovely hike with great views at the end. Trail head fills up quick so get there early.

hiking
4 months ago

Saw maybe 7-8 mountain bikers on a Tuesday morning around 10. Tons of shade! Apparently Panoramic Point trail is getting shut down because it’s “not an official trail” or some stupid shit. I walked through the people covering it up because who cares, but something to be mindful of.

hiking
4 months ago

Good, shaded hike with a decent view at Panorama point. Hiked this with our dog on a Saturday morning. Started before 7 am and there was already a decent amount of bikers. On the way down, there were a huge amount of bikers. Not very enjoyable since we had to get off the trail every 30 secs to a minute. I would avoid on the weekend if you are looking for a peaceful hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Very fun hike! Great amount of tree coverage for large portions of the hike, so you really only get overheated by the incline of the trail and slight humidity. This was my first trail in Colorado some years back and the views were just as great the second time around. Not too difficult, but after the trail itself, be ready for a pretty steep trail to get to the top. You can also bypass some of the trek down if you 'keep going' on what looks to be a separate trail--it's not, just a slight shortcut. Very worth it, though. Quite a few mountain bikers, but all have been chill so far, so no worries there. Just bring water, have fun, and be safe!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail alongside the creek and flat for while, past the castle. Then some elevation and loop with lots of mountain bikers and thin trail at points. Had to step aside frequently, which is okay, but would be have been more enjoyable without that. Covered for good portion of the trail and then Panorama Point with some nice rocks to sit on and view of the mountains in the distance.

hiking
6 months ago

No snow, lots of mountain bikes to dodge. I would recommend going early there were no parking spots when we left at 11.

hiking
7 months ago

Icy patch just past the castle but other than that trail was clear. Hiked along the creek and up to the panorama point - 6.6 miles out and back.

9 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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
11 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
Sunday, November 12, 2017

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
Friday, October 27, 2017

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.

hiking
14 days ago

mountain biking
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hiking
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