Mason Creek Trail to Bear Paw Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews
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Mason Creek Trail to Bear Paw Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Conifer, 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 November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,453 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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Mason Creek Trail to Bear Paw Trail Loop and back. Pikes Peak Overlook and Catamount Overlook with spectacular 180 degree views.

Decent conditions 3/9/19. Trail conditions were deceiving at first, dry clear the first 3/4 mile. Much of the trail after that was extremely icy, traction was definitely required. Other places were packed powder but there was some post holing if you stepped off the pack. Went from Mason Creek to Catamount Overlook and back and it was a nice early spring hike.

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked Mason Creek to Bear Paw but then took Old Mill to Staunton Ranch for 8.5 miles. Nice terrain and not too crowded on a Sunday in November with below-freezing temperatures. Bear Paw is completely snow-covered: you should bring poles or traction devices. I just used poles and was fine. The two overlooks had lovely views and if it hadn't been so cold, would have been a good spot to sit for a while. I also only saw 4 dogs off-leash and only saw one poop bag on the side of the trail, which seems pretty good considering the popularity of this park.

6 months ago

A very nice day. Unfortunately there were many large groups of mountain bikers, all mostly very courteous but one group who actually said we hikers should step off the trail for them. Moving to the side wasn’t good enough. I wish these kids didn’t get so many trophies along the way. Many parts of the trail become narrow and easy to slide off when dodging bikes. Especially when you can’t hear them until they slide behind you screaming LEFT. By the way bikers, hikers have the right of way in such (seldom) situations. IMBA offers great guidelines to share the trail. Other than that it was worth the time out.

hiking
7 months ago

Took the dogs for a late early morning hike the views were beautiful only encountered a few other hikers parking lot was rather empty for a weekday would do again and go further next time beautiful.

8 months ago

Lovely trail with light traffic. The overlooks are a great payoff.

hiking
8 months ago

Long but not difficult, full of really lovely wildflowers right now I've never seen anywhere else, Eagle Cliffs overlook is especially amazing. I started just before 8am on a Saturday and saw nobody on the way in but tons of people on the way back.

hiking
8 months ago

Such a beautiful hike. Fantastic views at the first outlook, very forested, saw some deer, birds, butterflies and pretty Meadows with flowers. A part of the trail is closed, but it's clearly marked and you can just go around it so it doesn't affect your ability to hike. 7.00 day pass or a yearly option too. Can't wait to do the other trails sometime.

But you know what isn't great? People who hike with their dogs and leave their dog s**t bags on the trail. You're the worst kind of people. If you bring your dog, hike it's s**t back out with you too. That's what you signed up for by bringing them. Have some f**king respect for the nature we're out there to see and protect and appreciate. There was easily 10-15 bags of poop throughout the trail. There is a nicely maintained area at the park entrance with trash cans. Take some responsibility for yourselves.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. Nice and steady, pretty easy terrain. Great views all along the trail, and especially at a few lookout points. My dog enjoyed the creek that popped up throughout the hike as well.

hiking
9 months ago

Steady relatively easy long hike. Three very pretty lookout views at the end, part of the Loop is closed for restoration so if you want to see the viewpoints it makes the hike 9.8 miles instead of 7.9.

Nice and cool starting off early, it gets hot and towards the end there is not a lot of shade coverage.

Overall nice hike! $7 entrance fee for state park

9 months ago

Very easy trail. If you are looking for a nice long walk this is it. Not a very scenic trail although there are a few overlooks. Somewhat boring for my taste of trails.

10 months ago

So many trees! The three overlooks are definitely worth it. Went on a Saturday afternoon and didn’t see too many people!

hiking
Monday, February 19, 2018

Icy but managed with just boots.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Awesome hike, not terribly difficult besides the distance. Most of the hike is along a frozen stream (in January) and ended with a historic saw mill. The views at Eagle Cliffs Overlook are beautiful and cannot be missed.

hiking
Monday, December 04, 2017

Holy moly. This hike was AWESOME! I thought it would be much colder, there were various patches of light ice and snow but none on the trail itself. The view at each of the overlooks at Bear Paw was phenomenal. I went up Mason Creek, took bear paw loop, then went on the Old Mill trail, and finally the Staunton Ranch trail. I feel like I really got to see it all. Definitely do the Bear Paw loop!

hiking
Monday, November 20, 2017

Back to Bear Paw after being here a week ago. More snow on the trail this time but still no need for extra traction. There is fresh powder but it has not turned to ice yet. Always a great hike through the woods. The Bear Paw loop is worth the extra mileage. It is usually pretty quiet and the views from the three lookouts are awesome. Eagle Cliffs is a great spot for lunch.

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

One of our favorite hikes near Denver. This trip we did Mason Creek to Bear Paw and down Old Mill Creek to Staunton Ranch. That comes in at about 8.5 miles. We highly recommend the Bear Paw loop. The extra push to Eagle Cliffs is worth it. Great spot for lunch. Some snow on Mason Creek but no need for extra traction.

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Amazing park, brand new a hidden gem! We hiked the Mason Creek to the Bear Paw trail hitting all 3 overlooks. We then continued counter-clockwise and made a big loop via the Old MIll and Staunton Ranch trails. This is the better way to do this hike...as a big loop instead of an out and back. You see more terrain and hike through some nice aspen groves in the final few miles of the Old Mill and Staunton Ranch trails.

We hiked friday 9-1pm and there was hardly anyone out there! A couple mountain bikes and a few hikers. There were plenty of creeks and stream crossings which our dog liked.

The colors are amazing right now!

BTW - make sure you hike the Bear Paw trail as the three overlooks on this trail are unbelievably good. Perhaps the best views from any hike in the area.

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Really great front range hike. Recommend if you do his hike just jump off to eagle cliff as that is the BEST view on this hike! Very moderate- only reason it is moderate is because of distance. Very little incline

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Well maintained trails with almost no hikers in the evening. The eagle cliffs were easily the highlight of this route.

trail running
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Loved this trail. Long slow climb, beautiful views including several look outs over valley.

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