Bear Creek Lake Park - Trail, Morrison, Colorado

Bear Creek Lake Park - Trail, Morrison, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

easy to moderate in parts; winding, flat singletrack with bits of up & down.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 03, 2015]
Owosso
Weekend Warrior

I live right on the other side of 285 from this place so I can leave right from my garage and ride into the park. Because it's easy for me, I ride BCL about three or four times per week to stay fit. It's a quick little 13 mile loop (with all of the little "extra credit" off-shoot trails thrown in) of rolling singletrack with brief stretches of Jeep trails in some spots.

Bear Creek Lake is a state park so there's an entry fee for vehicles to park - which probably helps keep crowds down. I usually only see one or two other riders on weeknights. Occasionally, I'll see a hiker or a trail runner.

There's a stable in the park and some trail sections get a decent amount of horse traffic. You rarely see horses but I end up bunny-hopping a lot of horse poop in some spots.

Compared to other front range rides, there's a minimal amount of climbing. I gain about 1,100 feet on the loop that I do. Mt Carbon is a fun little climb with a few switchbacks. There are some other hills that you can seek out and some long, mellow grades to settle in on. These aren't tech at all. Fast climbs - fast descents. There are a few water bars on the down-hill sections to play around on.

Customer Service

I start at the South end of the park as I leave my neighborhood and cross-over 285 on the bike path/bridge.

For the most part, I do the Mt Carbon loop, counter-clockwise around the perimeter of the park. I take all of the extra little off-shoot sections (Cottonwood trail, others). These extra little sections duck in and out of the woods near the creek and follow the bank on the North end of Bear Creek Reservoir. I'm horrible about remembering the names to trails but everything is pretty well-marked if you're into reading the signs and following a map.

It's pretty hard to get lost in this place as you can always climb to a high-point and figure out where you need to go.

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Buff Creek, Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass, Apex/Enchanted Forest, North Table, White Ranch

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4
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3
[Apr 04, 2013]
Kcin
Cross Country Rider

Not a bad trail for early season! It's very easy would probably be perfect to take your family! Today, wednesday it was completely dead. For a good workout you would probably need to ride it 2 or 3 times.

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3
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2
[Aug 06, 2006]
lusdawg
Cross Country Rider

The previous rider mentioned a rocky downhill ... well, that is now a closed portion of the trail due to "erosion" ... it's fenced off ... oh well, one can still find some small climbs on dirt or sidewalk in that same area, but it's just not the same ... I live just off the trail, so I ride this maybe once per month after work ... it's an ok workout if you push yourself ... there is a fee ($5.00, I think), so you may want to park close by and take your bike in to avoid this

Customer Service

Just explore the different trails in the park

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Lair O' the Bear, Mt. Falcon, Green Mountain

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3
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2
[Oct 05, 2005]
jrz2000
Cross Country Rider

Nice single track, some obstacles, a nice ride during the week. For the most part the trails loop around Bear Creek Lake offering some small crossings of streams, nice little trench jumps and some fun little downhills as well as climbs. There is a pretty wicked downhill switchback if you go to the top of the big hill over looking the park. Other loops ride throughout Homestead Golf Course on a paved surface. This is a great place to ride if you don't have the time during the week to really get away.

Customer Service

Climb to the top of the Big Hill overlooking the park. Approach the scenic overlooking on the lake. On the Northside of that you will find the wicked downhill. Would suggest you have a helment on and be with a friend... it gets pretty rocky and fast. Hang on tight and don't look back...

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Lair of the Bear just up the road a few miles.

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3
VALUE
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2
[May 24, 2004]
Cheeze Wheelie
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail for regular training, but there's not alot of climbing unless you yo-yo the hills near the dam at the southeast corner of the lake. It's an excellent trail for beginners because there is a paved trail that parallels all of the single track. Generally, the trails closest to the stream are the most difficult and offer the best single track. Because it's relatively flat, you can maintain a pretty good pace. This makes the single relatively fast (13-18 MPH for most). There are numerous places where BMX'rs have built kickers to challenge your jumping abilities, and there are several small to major stream crossings along the way. You can also hit the pavement to use bridges to cross the streams. Lately, I've seen log obstacles constructed in various areas as well. The best trails are the horse trails inside the tree canopy, making it a good ride when the sun is blazing. Scenery is great along the river, you forget you are in the city.

Customer Service

If you drive into Bear Creek Lake park, you will pay a fee. The best place to start is the park at roughly 3000 south Estes Street in Lakewood. From here you can follow the concrete trail east or west, just look for the horse trails that start at various points along the trail. The best single track is along both sides of the creek between Kipling Parkway to the West and Sheridan Federal Boulevard to the East. These points are about 5 miles apart. For emergencys, Mojo Wheels is a great bike shop located along the north side of the creek at Sheridan Boulevard. Ther are also some good trails on the North side of the creek between C-470 and Bear Creek Lake.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Oct 20, 2000]
NOJ

This is my local "hop on the bike for a quick ride" trail. The mesa on the east side used to be really cool, until the capitalist bastards who run the golf course decided to tear it up for two more holes!

The extra golf course is still in the making, and they may not like it if many, MANY riders continued to track across their site and let it be known that they are NOT welcome!

They destroyed a good trail simply so they can increase their greens fees; can you appreciate that?

Customer Service

start either in Morrison, or at the golf course on the other side near Kipling and ride over the hill. Many trails spew in all directions, so take time to explore.

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3
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[Dec 20, 2000]

I ride this on a very regular basis, since I live so close.
It has some grunting short hills, so you can get some climbs in and its got some in the trees stuff that winds around. The best thing is that it dries out faster than the foothills do.
I agree with the previous poster about the new construction of golf course on the one side. Who the hell is planning for that park?
Also too many horses in there over the past 2 years so some singletrack is now double track or more.
The best thing for me si that it is right there nearby, and that makes for much better than throwing my bike on the car and driving to trails.

Customer Service

Anywhere. The trails are all over and it depends on how you feel like doing it.

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3
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[Apr 20, 2001]
Ken

Great ride to do when everything in the foothills is still under snow, Moab is just too far, and loops around Green Mountain have gotten repetitive. Nothing technical or steep, just lots of narrow, winding single track. Great introduction to singletrack or good spring practice for the harding stuff. Enjoy exploring.

Customer Service

Start at Wadsworth and Bear Creek, ride the single track (sometimes the horse trail) on north side of the creek to the golf course. Up the dam on the paved trail. From the top, straight on the dirt road and trail. West for a while, then work your way over to ride along the canal. Pick a track down to Bear Creek and ride toward Morrison. Back track the same way but stay on the canal road and the upper horse trail. Great single track along Morrison Road back to the golf course entrance. 15 RT miles of bliss.

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3
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[Jun 21, 2001]
Carp King

I start at the north Ranger Station and ride up the hill along the highway until I hit a guardrail...then just follow the singletrack from there.....you take every left you can and eventually run into a "driveway"/horse entryway...then take the upper of the two trails.....this runs you along a drainage ditch at the top of the park.....then just keep taking lefts, never crossing the ditch...this trail eventually takes you to a high point along the highway.....then it's fast and furious singletrack all the way downhill to the entrance of the golf course...

Customer Service

My favorite route is to start at the North Ranger Station and ride as close to the highway as I can.

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I would recommend the park on Kipling where Bear Creek (river) crosses...and then the Cherry Creek Singletrack...everywhere else is just too crowded except during ski season and Broncos Games..

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3
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[Jul 23, 2001]
Jeff

This is a close-in easy ride for west side residents. The loop is short, about an hour. Mostly on fire roads and double-track. There's a good climb if you go up to the top of the dam. Nice view of Littleton and the golf course. There are also horse trails here, so beware of steaming debris. :) The best time to ride this is after work or on a nice winter day if you want some challenge. Keep a lookout for deer and coyotes, they have been known to exist.

Customer Service

No particular route, either go clockwise or counterclock wise around the lake. There are lots of little side trails to explore.

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Matthews Winter Park in Morrison is awesome.

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3
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