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Bear Creek Trail (#666)

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Pike National Forest

Bear Creek Trail (#666) is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,735 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Please note: Users have reported that the last half of the trail is CLOSED 2.5 miles into it due to reclamation of cutthroat trout. The trail is closed a little after the Cap'n Jack Trail split, past Josephine Falls. You can still get wonderful views of specimen rock, sentinel rock, and Tenney crags. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Forest Service Trail 666 follows the Bear Creek closely up into the mountains. Enjoy impressive overlooks of the Tenney Crags and city on this beautiful hike. Bring your bear bells and bear spray as a precaution as you are likely going to be the only person you see on this Trail.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice steady climb the whole way until the trail closes around 2.7 miles in. Trail is wide for first mile plus (High Drive) before turning off and going single track for the remainder. The good news is you can easily turn this into a 7+mile loop by returning on 776 to Mount Buckhorn and dropping down on 667 to High Dr and back. Buckhorn gives you the benefit of great views but also more runners and bikers, but definitely worth the few extra miles. Given the lack of shade on High Dr, I would recommend very late afternoon on hotter days.

hiking
5 days ago

Wonderful trail. I find that the trail is busiest within the first mile or so, but once the steep switchbacks start you see few people. I enjoyed a light lunch at the top and plan on coming back later to tackle 667. Recommend starting early because the trail has a lot of shade but around noon it is a real scorcher. Certainly not difficult terrain or trail, but how steep the climb is makes it on the light side of moderate.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike today. The first mile was a gradual incline, after that it was fairly steep. We had a really good workout since it was a good steep incline for about 1.5 miles up to where the trails closed. After the split, you keep going for another 1/4 a mile to see Josephine Falls. Josephine Falls was very pretty, however it was difficult to have a full view of the fall. You can get a good glimpse of parts of of the fall, which is still very nice. Great workout and worth the hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Closed about 2.7 miles in. Beautiful view at the top. Not heavily crowded.

hiking
8 days ago

What a gem - doesn’t even feel like you’re right in the Springs. As the trail description and other reviews say, trail stops a bit past the split, right at Josephine Falls. Our total mileage out and back was 5.7 miles. Some beautiful views and you can hear the creek the whole way. Looks like you may be able to take 776 down and loop to high drive to make it a lollipop trail, but not totally sure. Might try it next time, it would definitely tack on mileage. Started at 6:15am on a Saturday and it was very quiet, but all the lots in the area were full by the time we got back at 9am.

hiking
9 days ago

Trail closed like other’s mentioned a couple miles in.

22 days ago

surprisingly steep but many nice views and serene walk through the woods. be bear aware. we heard one at about 2 miles in so we ended up turning around.

hiking
25 days ago

One of my favorite trails in Colorado Springs. Bear Creek Trail (#666) is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail and goes up gorgeous Bear Creek Canyon that was formed by Bear Creek whose headwaters are located above Jones Park on the south slopes of Tuckaway Mountain. This a dog friendly trail (on leash) as Bear Creek runs along the side of the trail for about half the way. Josephine Falls is located in Bear Creek Canyon to the south of the Tenney Crags. The creek leaves the canyon and enters the Bear Creek Regional Park. The Bear Creek Trail meanders hillsides, seamlessly rising to where trees clear and reveal mountains and beautiful vistas that over looks Colorado Springs and plains beyond. The climb becomes more noticeable as you go, straddling a sandy slope. It’s a slim path with a steep drop-off; be prepared to make room for downhill bikes. Hilltop outcrops and craggy canyon sides join the vistas. ending where Josephine Falls is located and connects with the Ring the Peak Trail. Ring the Peak is a collection of trails and backcountry roads to circumnavigate Pikes Peak. The total length of the Ring The Peak trail system is approximately 63 miles with approximately 80% of the route completed.

Well worth the climb

hiking
1 month ago

Good mix of sun and shade. Not enough ice to need spikes. We made it to the 2.5 mile mark. It had a nice spot to take a break before heading back down. A good bit of people on the trail. Seemed liked you can continue on from where we turned around in two different directions.

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. Great workout — it’s a steep climb pretty much the whole way. Spikes are a must. The entire trail is snow and ice. Being gaiters & waterproof boots if you plan to do loop them peak at the top. The snow was ankle deep in a lot of places.

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icy
snow
5 months ago

hiking
snow
5 months ago

The trail can be a little narrow at points, probably more ideal for mountain biking. However, would still recommend for an intermediate hiker.

running
9 months ago

Great for trail running! Connected to 677, then took high drive down. Only con 677 most of the trail was grooved out from mountain bikers so not as easy for footing.

hiking
off trail
10 months ago

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Mostly forested trail has a few pretty views about 3/4 to the end of the trail before heading back out again. Steady incline in, definitely a workout! We started around 5pm (6/12/19) and the sun going down cast beautiful lighting and kept and temperature very reasonable. Very lightly trafficked, too.

11 months ago

beautiful great trail

hiking
11 months ago

Closed at about 2.7 miles up but still a good butt burning hike lol. Up the entire way! Came out to 5.5 miles and 1500 ft elevation gain.

hiking
11 months ago

01 June 2019 Stunning trail even though the last half of the trail is -CLOSED FYI - Arrived @1045 and it wasn’t too packed for a Saturday mid morning hike. The loose gravel indicated that this trail was more geared towards mountain bikers but still a gradual workout to the top. Plentiful canopies made for shade cause it was a hot morning. Passed by families as they headed down . There was so many purple moths , singing birds, and other forms of life around . The creeks and stream was lovely to hear as I followed the sounds up the mountain. Sun bathed and enjoyed lunch at a wonderful spot where we couldn’t hike anymore. Was alone the whole time , passed by a few more hikers as the clouds rolled in . Would recommend even though you can’t completely finish the trail

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Watch for bears!

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

great workout

Thu Apr 11 2019

great trail! True to its description. Moderate intensity and great place to work with pups.

hiking
Mon Feb 18 2019

Fun trail! Dog friendly. It's cut off about 1 mile for restoration. Currently pretty icy so pack the micro spikes.

hiking
Tue Jan 29 2019

Awesome hike, pretty easy! Took our two pups and they had a blast. Only gave four stars because it always seems incredibly busy!

Sat Jul 28 2018

We did went out to the falls (which aren’t much to look at based on where the trail dead-ends), but some good rocks to have a snack. On the way back, we took 776 to 667 (and this was the best part of the hike), which crosses the ridge between Bear Creek Cañon and N. Cheyenne Cañon. Best views of that cañon as well as the Broadmoor, Shrine of the Sun, etc. Altogether, almost 8.5 miles.

Sun Jul 08 2018

Uphill the entire way, but the views distract from your burning quads. It is closed before you get to the waterfall for reclamation, but still ~5.5 out and back.

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