Lair O' the Bear Trail

MODERATE 198 reviews
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Lair O' the Bear Trail is a 14.5 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
14.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2526 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

1 day ago

Easy fun trail for families, well maintained and easy to get to.

4 days ago

We had a great time hiking this trail! Very well maintained and lots of wildflowers to see. Beautiful vistas and not too far from shopping and restaurants.

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10 days ago

fun place. short loop. icy in winter.

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12 days ago

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walking
12 days ago

Super kid friendly.. saw baby ducks and deer along the way.

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14 days ago

It's so busy on the flat part of the trail, but a lot of it is shaded and runs along the water. If you want to skip the people, there's indescript parking on the side of the road past the castle. You can enter here and get to the uphill and less traveled part of the trail BUT you'll still come across a lot of bikers.

16 days ago

16 days ago

The trail head is fairly close to Morrison and has two parking lots. Google maps took us to the first one which is by Little Park. The second one is farther up the road.
We went on Tuesday morning and it was fairly busy with families, dogs, fishermen and bicyclists. The trail has several forks leading to picnic areas and to the creek.
I gave it only 3 stars because the trail is between the highway and the creek and you can hear traffic. It was also hiking most of the way in the sun. I prefer the shade.
There were some wild strawberries, rose hips and a few other wild flowers, but mostly tall grasses, thistles and bushes.
There are trail maps available to take and bathrooms in the parking lots. This is a great place to pack a lunch and enjoy the day by the rushing stream at one of the several picnic sites and go up the trail.

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