Lair O' the Bear Trail

MODERATE 261 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
2129 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.

hiking
14 days ago

great beginner and intermediate hiking. Beautiful meadows and forest views. Plenty of hiking trails to change it up.

walking
2 months ago

Great little hike / walk, dog friendly!

hiking
2 months ago

Current conditions: very muddy with slush. Bring the shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and a pair to change into afterwards

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The bathrooms are exquisite for an outhouse. They’re quite lovely, well kept and very clean. The doggies weren’t very nice. Rather, their humans weren’t very nice as they wouldn’t let their doggies stop to be petted. PSA to dog owners: let me pet your doggie. The trail itself is very flat and very little gains. No bros on the trail today. This trail is perfect for brining your Midwest relatives who want that “Colorado outdoor hiking experience” as they don’t know what altitude is. All in all, this trail was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Also the water feature was

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike for a multi-family group of 8 people, including very small children. Beautiful scenery includes the river and a "castle" along its banks.

4 months ago

Overall his was an easy hike. Started at the Bear O The Lair Parking lot, walked next to the water then up the bear creek trail. I took the road back. Nice scenery, some families picnicing, mtn bikers, trail runners etc.....saw some fisherman as well. A mtn biker said he saw a large deer cross the trail today.

hiking
4 months ago

Went on a Saturday morning and it was pretty empty. Trail is dry still and it was a great December hike. Most of the trail is in the shade though so make sure you dress accordingly.

6 months ago

Beautiful fall colors right now! Only downfall, you can hear the traffic for a good portion of the way & it can get very crowded if you don't an early start.

hiking
7 months ago

This was our first hike in the Rocky Mountains, we did some research and this was recommended as stroller friendly so we tried it out with our 20 month old. I wouldn't take a stroller again, their are some Rocky parts and parts that you walk through a few inches of stream but it was beautiful and worth it. We'll be purchasing a hiking backpack carrier for future hikes.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. If you start at the park entrance, it's just about over a mile to get to the main Bear Creek trailhead. The mile walk to the trailhead is gorgeous with a flowing creek. I've been here twice so far and love the trail. The only downside in my opinion, there are a A LOT of mountain bikers on the trail...which usually means you have to constantly move out of their way.

8 months ago

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

8 months 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.

hiking
8 months ago

fun place. short loop. icy in winter.

walking
8 months ago

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

8 months 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.

8 months 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.

8 months ago

Cool little place near Denver. Nice for a quick hike or getaway close by. You feel surprisingly isolated for it to be right off a highway and so close to Denver. I would recommend if you're pressed for time or only have an afternoon and can't afford to go farther into the mountains.

hiking
9 months ago

This was our first hike with our dog. Easy trail with some great views. We first went on 4th of July and it was crazy packed, but that's to be expected on a holiday weekend. Would definitely go back, especially with visitors and less experienced hikers.

hiking
9 months ago

Did not do the entire trail, didn't even realize it went on for that long. Beautiful hike though.

hiking
9 months ago

Very well kept trail and plenty of shade!

9 months ago

Had a great time at this park highly recommend it

mountain biking
9 months ago

Good workout, good rush.

hiking
10 months ago

What a beautiful hike, surprised at how busy it was fir a Thursday morning. Most of the people where down in the lower trails and only came across a handful of other hikers and some mts bikers. Late afternoon more Mts bikers where starting to show .

walking
10 months ago

Easy walk with kids and dog. Busy park in the weekend with a lot of bikers.

walking
10 months ago

I would definitely do this trail again. Great for dogs, kids, and people who are maybe a little hesitant to take on a super hard hike. You can make it more challenging by branching onto different trails to gain some elevation, but overall the trail is flat and scenic.

walking
10 months ago

Great afternoon hike. We took my dog on leash and went on a Wednesday. Nice and quiet with ample shad. We only did the creek side loop and it was just over 2 miles. My pup loves getting his feet wet in the creek.

hiking
10 months ago

Busy busy. Tons of bikes. Decent hike though. Beautiful setting with the creek.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice even hike, bringing my dogs next time. I don't like the idea of people not picking up after their dogs or leaving poop bags hanging from the tree limbs.

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