Bear Creek Lake Park Hike

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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6.8 km
Elevation
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39 m
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Overall Rating
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10.0
Physical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Directions to Trailhead
Panorama from the Bear Creek State Park hike near Denver, Colorado

This State Park has activities for the whole family and a peaceful hiking trail to escape the bustling crowds:  a walk in nature, nestled in the city.

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Route Description for Bear Creek Lake Park Hike

From the free lot, carefully cross the street to the north and enter the trail system by a sidewalk from the road. This is the C-470 bikeway and it goes into the park and up the canyon as well. Make a left, and head east, under the highway leading into the park.

After almost a 0.8 km, the bike path splits and you’ll make right over the river. Make an immediate left onto the dirt trail after the bridge. This short jaunt will take you to the parking that you would park in if you have entered the park.

Find the dirt trail that leads to the crosswalk and the trail system on the east side of the road. Follow the signs for the Owl Trail (the middle trail). The trail runs parallel to the river. Enjoy the peaceful, shady walk. You’d never know that all around you are houses and businesses.

After a 2.0 km, you’ll enter a clearing, traveling through the open meadows. Stay on the Fitness Trail that leads to a larger dirt parking lot at the lake. Walk through the lot to the Bear Creek Lake. Overlooking the Lake is Mount Carbon.

To get back to your car, retrace your steps. You can add more miles by looping to the Cottonwood Trail or the Mt Carbon Loop.

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Insider Hints for Bear Creek Lake Park Hike

  • There are so many activities to enjoy at Bear Creek State Park: camping, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and more! Check it out here.
  • Another popular trail system just north of Bear Creek is the Hayden-William Green Mountain Park.

Getting to the Bear Creek Lake Park Hike Trailhead

Bear Creek State Park has an entrance fee. To avoid the fee, take I-70 west and exit C-470 east. Take the Morrison exit (exit 4) and make your first right at the gas station. The dirt parking lot on your right is a free lot for those enjoying the park. When exiting C-470, you can turn left instead and enter Bear Creek State Park. After the ticket booth, make your first right and there’s a parking lot right around the corner.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Year round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Toilets

    Pit toilets

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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