Picnic, Bear Creek and Meadow View Loop

MODERATE 181 reviews
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Picnic, Bear Creek and Meadow View Loop is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Evergreen, 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

snow

hiking
2 months ago

Decent hike that starts with a mild incline, then fluctuates with ups and downs. Nice mellow hike, no real view points. Good for staying close to Denver. Some of the trails are blocked off so it was easy to get turned around, navigating with AllTrails was needed to get to the right place.

hiking
2 months ago

So beautiful- if you start in the second lot, the climb is steeper. Got a bit confused following the map, because the upper loop was closed in places.

3 months ago

Birding was ok

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike. Kid friendly three years and up. If you go early take a jacket.The way we went ended at the river. Perfect spot to cool off and dip your toes in. We will be going again.

hiking
3 months ago

I am only giving this trail a two because I didn't finish it. The second parking lot has a river running with beautiful rocks that where we stayed the entire time. We attempted to do the trail however it was very overgrown where the brush was constantly touching you. Being scared of running into a Rattlesnake, we decided to turn back and maybe come back in Winter. There was also a Bear in area sign that kind of freaked me out. No parking fee, Bathrooms at the trail head.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was 40 minutes from our north denver house. We arrived on a sunday overcast day around 12. there werent many people on the trail. there are lots of no bike trails, which is great if you’re not into bikers speeding past you thinking they own the place. (*some bikers are super nice so im not doggin on them*) There was meadow, rocky outcroppings, grassy hills, picnic and kissing spots. It was really beautiful, you do see houses and a road from time to time, but you are in the foothills.. I recommend as a nice 4 mile hike close to denver that’s not overly crowded.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice laid out trail. Not technical but parts that are exposed are warm.

hiking
5 months ago

Grew up hiking these hills. Would suggest early morning or evening jaunts to avoid the heat. It can still get very warm here even though you are in the mountains.

hiking
5 months ago

Went early August, late morning. Plenty of parking in two lots - only saw a few people on the trail. Trails are well marked. I took West Ridge Trail to Bear Creek Trail to Bear Creek Cutoff. Was a lovely mix of forest and meadow - lots of beautiful flowers! Saw a stag, two does, and three fawns, as well as lots of birds and smaller critters. West Ridge Trail starts fairly steep, but evens out after half a mile or so. Bear Creek is shared with bikers, but wide enough it's not a problem. You'll hear air and road traffic, especially on the last portion of West Ridge, as it run parallel with Meyers Gulch Road. Had a lovely hike!

hiking
6 months ago

The initial ascent is a little strenuous if you're not used to the elevation. But it pretty quickly evens out and the rest of the loop is either flat or downhill. Great little park, wasn't terribly busy, but I could hear traffic from a nearby road for a good portion of the hike. Still, would recommend as a starter hike for anyone who isn't acclimated to hiking in higher elevations.

6 months ago

Nice little hike. Easy to do with kids. Go early. Heavily shared with mountain bikes so you'll have to stop and move a lot - pay attention. Very close to Denver and pretty flowers. Riverside for picnic at trailhead.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail, better to do early morning or later in evening as there is a lot of sun

7 months ago

Really was a very nice hike .. first part was straight up, but than the views were awesome ! The rest of hike was pretty easy with wonderful scenery

hiking
8 months ago

It was a nice, quick hike. Mountain bikers were pretty heavy on the trail, but polite. I would suggest a small bell on your backpack though if you’re hiking alone as I just happened to stumble across a pretty big black bear. Luckily it just looked at me and moved up the hill.

Multiple trails to hike at trail head - beautiful and easy hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Make sure to check the map often, just hiked the trail and parts of the trail are closed which close the loop so it's easy to think you are headed back to your car yet you are headed away from the parking lot because the path that closes the loop back to the lot is closed. So just be aware and check the map.

9 months ago

Took West ridge to meadow view to bear creek to bear creek cutoff. The trail was pretty snowy, slushy and muddy the whole way from Sunday’s snow but manageable in just hiking boots. Had a little bit of trouble finding the trail at the bear creek/ bear creek cutoff crossing because of the snow coverage it took me a while to realize that the fences were trail crossings. Over all a beautiful trail can’t wait to go back once the snow melts.

hiking
10 months ago

Enjoyable hike! Did the West Ridge Trail to Bear Creek trail to Bear creek cut off. I like how you can link trails to make your hike longer or shorter. Very minimal mud and ice today. Nice balance of shade and sun. No big ‘vistas’ but lovely meadow and trees.

hiking
10 months ago

A good beginning of season hike. I found it to be busy, but beautiful. I will definitely come back. For those with dogs there is a brief stretch you must share with mountain bikers, not ideal for bikers or dog owners but it's a short stretch. This will definitely go in my early season rotation.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike for the average hiker with a variety of terrain.

11 months ago

The map on All Trails is not correct. The trails have since been re-routed. Check the trail map at the parking lot! Otherwise a great hike.

hiking
Thursday, December 28, 2017

I hiked the O'Fallon loop and then hiked up to Panorama Point and down the Pano trail. Snowpacked in shady places, but I didn't need any traction devices. Dogs enjoyed it and I only saw one other person the whole hike!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I really enjoyed the various terrain and amazing scenery...a new fave for sure!

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

This is my go-to hike when I want a montane setting versus the exposure of the foothills. However, just be aware the hike as mapped on All Trails isn’t correct anymore. The park has reconfigured the trails and while there’s still a loop, it’s ~3.5 miles now. Check trailhead for map. If going counter clockwise, West Ridge Trail to Bear Creek Trail to Bear Creek Cutoff. Of course, since the park is connected to Pence & Corwina Parks, it’s easy to add mileage. The Chimney Shelter Trail is a nice short and interesting jaunt if you like that sort of thing.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

A nice bit of elevation the first half mile but then it levels out. Great hike with kids/dogs. Parking is limited.

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Did West Ridge and Meadow View trails. Pretty outing with some nice views. Moderate incline with good shade coverage.

hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

This is a great trail if you just want a quick getaway. We finished the trail in about 90 minutes (we of course had a dog who needed to smell every tree).Our dog also loved jumping in the small creek on the last 1/4 of the trail. Beautiful views. Mountain bikes are allowed on a little bit of it, so the end of the trail was busier than the rest. Close to Denver. Good food nearby in Morrison or Kittredge.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

8.03.03. Some trees but Mostly open. No water for dogs on trail but nearby off 74 there is areas for dogs to swim.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

If you're a fan of a simple walk in the woods, this is a good one for exactly that. Wildflowers and firs and pine. After that initial ascent, easy hike throughout.

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