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Bear Creek Lake Park

Average Rating:    (3.23 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

easy to moderate in parts; winding, flat singletrack with bits of up & down.
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Latitude
39.65315198209655
Longitude
-105.18284797668457
Trail Directions
285 to C470, then to Morrison Rd. Park across from the Conoco and visit the bike shop up the street.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Morrison
   


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Review Date
September 3, 2015

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Owosso ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buff Creek, Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass, Apex/Enchanted Forest, North Table, White Ranch



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Review Date
April 4, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kcin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
August 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: lusdawg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
Just explore the different trails in the park

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lair O' the Bear, Mt. Falcon, Green Mountain



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Review Date
October 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jrz2000 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lair of the Bear just up the road a few miles.



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Review Date
May 24, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Cheeze Wheelie ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Green Mountain, Mathews Winters



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