Bear Creek Trail
The Bear Creek Trail is a long hiking route in the San Juan Mountains that will allow you to reconnect with nature and get some peace and quiet outdoors. While out hiking the trail, you will make a steep initial climb, before meandering alongside Bear Creek and taking in the beautiful woodland views. Hikers should take note that bears are sometimes seen in the area, so make sure to bring bear spray and exercise all necessary precautions when on the trail.
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Route Description for Bear Creek Trail
Although the terrain along the Bear Creek Trail isn’t overly difficult, it is the long overall distance that adds to the challenge on this beautifully scenic hike. Whether you aim to complete the entire trail or just a small portion of it, this is a fantastic route if you are looking for a bit of solitude in the mountains.
Setting out from the Bear Creek Trailhead, you will cross over the Dolores River and begin climbing up the steep switchback trail to the southwest. The trail is well-marked throughout; however, there are some sections that are beginning to grow over with brush, so make sure to wear long pants.
Continuing along the trail as it runs parallel to Bear Creek, you will make your way to the southeast through the tranquil atmosphere of the woodland landscape. Here, you can follow along the path for as long as you are willing to, before turning back along the same route to return to the trailhead where you began your adventure.
Getting to the Bear Creek Trail Trailhead
The Bear Creek Trailhead can be found along Colorado State Highway 145, 36.4 km northeast of Dolores.
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