Bear Creek Trail

Lair o' the Bear Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,485ft
Trailhead Elevation7,467ft
Elevation Min/Max6537/7467ft
Elevation Start/End7467/7467ft

Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Lair o' the Bear Park and O'Fallon Park. It is 6.9 miles long and begins at 7,467 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,485 feet. BCT5.0, MAP, and another information and Little Park and other parkings are near the trailhead. The BCT 4.0 and BCT4.5 informations and Panorama Point and another viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also a reservoir and parking along the trail. This trail connects with the following: West Ridge Loop, Creekside Trail, Meadow View Loop, Creekside Loop, Bruin Bluff Trail, Panorama Point and O'Fallon Park.

Bear Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Follow beautiful Bear Creek through a narrowing canyon. You probably won’t see any bears—just wildflowers and willow. It’s difficult to choose which season paints the Lair o’ the Bear in the most spectacular colors. In autumn the cottonwoods, willows, and box elders along Bear Creek erupt in yellow and orange, a veritable leafy volcano.

In winter, when the landscape sleeps beneath a blanket of snow, the creek cuts an indigo stripe through the whiteness. In spring and summer, nourished by sunshine and thunderstorms, an expansive array of wildflowers blooms, streaking streamside grasses with the vibrant hues of Monet. Fortunately, no choice must be made."

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Trail Information

Lair o' the Bear Park
Nearby City
O'Fallon Park
Jefferson County Open Space Department, 700 Jefferson County Pkwy., Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401-6018; (303) 271-5925;
Local Contacts
USGS Evergreen; map in brochure available at the trailhead; online at
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018