Lair O' the Bear Park

Idledale, Colorado 80453

Lair O' the Bear Park

Lair O' the Bear Park Professional Review and Guide

"The trails at Lair o’ the Bear Park weave around and above Bear Creek, encouraging hikers of all ages and abilities to discover the plant and animal bounty of this riparian zone.

Numerous songbirds add a melodic background to the hiking, fishing, and picnicking opportunities in the park. The wheelchair-accessible fishing dock, located just 50 yards from the trailhead, overlooks a broad, clear span of water, perfect for spotting the creek’s trout, minnows, suckers, and longnose dace."

More Lair O' the Bear Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"OK, so I had to put an easy, short ride in the book. Lair O' The Bear was chosen because of its closeness to Denver and because it can be a good late season idyllic ride when other trails are snow covered. Try laps, if you need to do more than stretch your legs or checkout the new trail to Pence Park at the west end of the park. TERRAIN: Smooth hardpack.

Find the Brittlefern Trail on the north side of the parking
lot and begin pedaling east on the wide, gravel trail. The trail quickly crosses the entrance road to the park and then Bear Creek (0.2). Just after crossing the creek, the trail turns west becoming the Bruin Bluff Trail and begins a steady climb on the mostly rock-less trail. Two short switchbacks put you at the high point for the ride (0.9), where the trail then begins a fun, curvy descend back to the creek."

"This open-space park possesses a unique variety of ecological, geological, and scenic features. Geological forces together with erosion formed Bear Creek canyon, and nearly 1.5 miles of Bear Creek lie within the park. The riparian zone along the creek hosts a diversity of plant and animal species.

The park is inhabited or visited by deer, elk, small mammals, and birds, as well as by reptiles, amphibians, and waterfowl. On a fine weekend afternoon, the park is filled with families, children, and pets. The trail described here is upstream along Bear Creek’s northern bank."

Lair O' the Bear Park Reviews

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Always an enjoyable trail with the kids... Bear Creek is starting to flow stronger as we enter spring.
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Good little ride with some decent technical spots. You can tie into to the Falcon trail and make a great ride out of it.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
60-90 minutes
6,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,700 feet
Top Elevation
Fishing, Birding
Additional Use
For current conditions and more information, contact Jefferson County Open Space, or (303) 271-5925
Local Contacts
Jefferson County Open Space
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018