Bruin Bluff Trail

Lair o' the Bear Park, Colorado

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain519ft
Trailhead Elevation6,518ft
Top6,720ft
Elevation Min/Max6518/6720ft
Elevation Start/End6518/6518ft

Bruin Bluff Trail

Bruin Bluff Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Lair o' the Bear Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 6,518 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 519 feet. Near the end of the trail is a cliff. This trail connects with the following: Bear Creek Trail and Castor Cutoff.

Bruin Bluff Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"In autumn, the cottonwoods, willows and box elders that line the trail through this creekside park erupt in yellows and oranges-a veritable leafy volcano. Looking down from the apex of the Bruin Bluff Trail, the color flows like lava in either direction along the shores of Bear Creek. It's quite a sight. Of course, the Lair O' The Bear Shines during the rest of the year as well, given the abundant flora and fauna thriving along Bear Creek, the park's centerpiece.

This loop allows a visitor to experience it all, from the sparkle of the water rushing under footbridges to the lofty exposure of the rocky bluff, from open meadows of alive with wildflowers to shady stands of pine, fir, and aspen. Enjoy."

"Lair O’ the Bear, a Jefferson County Open Space Park, nestles in an east-west canyon through which fair-sized Bear Creek flows. The Bruin Bluff Loop covers a variety of habitats from riparian to rocky outcrop and from conifer forest to dry shrub land in its two-mile length. The loop begins evenly along the creek and rises after a bridge crossing.

Leaving the open, the route enters a conifer-dominated segment, followed by rocky outcrops, before dropping back down to creek level. A bounty of at least six dozen kinds of wildflowers may be blooming, including a splendid display of pasqueflowers in April. In mid-June, the banks of Bear Creek near Dipper Bridge turn bright yellow with Macoun buttercup. Wildflower alert: Thousands of purple pasqueflowers in April; June features buttercups."

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6/11/2011
Short hike but nice views; busy trail with a good creek for my dog to get into to.
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2/22/2009
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6/26/2006
We went on Father's Day, which might explain why it was so incredibly crowded. The wildflowers and butterflies were beautiful, but the crowds really put us off. Probably better for a mid-week walk (not really a hike -- there were people pushing strollers on the trail!)
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Lair o' the Bear Park
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Lair o' the Bear Park
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Easy
Skill Level
Bear Open Space Park
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