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A hike mostly through pine forest with plenty of shade from the sun and plenty of tree for the birds.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

Point to Point

7,423' 2,262 m

High

6,551' 1,997 m

Low

388' 118 m

Up

1,260' 384 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

Start at end of the trail; Lair O' the Bear from the North Access or start from the Pence Park parking lot from the south side. Either start begins with ascent, as the highest point of the Bear Creek Trail is about half way between. As this is not a loop trail, expect 12 miles total. The trail is almost exclusively singletrack with very few rocks. There are a few short rocky sections near the apex, but these shouldn't slow you down.

There is a short out-and-back detour about 3 miles in that takes you up to a vantage point with a birdseye view of Evergreen and Mt. Evans in the distance; I highly recommend this detour as it's the only view of the mountains you'll get.

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Taylor Simmons

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 13 votes

#2

in Pence Park

#8312

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  4.0 from 13 votes
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Trail Rankings

#2

in Pence Park

#642

in Colorado

#8,312

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Beautiful forest in O'fallon State Park.
Sep 11, 2015 near Kittredge, CO
By the water
Oct 7, 2017 near Genesee, CO
View from Panorama Point
Sep 14, 2015 near Kittredge, CO

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Dec 5, 2023
Cory Klauss
after the bridge scrambled up the summit of the hills on the left. there's a rock fort up there. cool rocks 1.5mi
May 7, 2022
Alex O'Connell
Panorama point trail further than halfway from northern terminus; great views from the top. 8.5mi — 2h 30m
Jan 9, 2022
Rachel Solorio
1.7mi
Sep 3, 2020
Esther Maria
Aug 15, 2020
Blake Yarbrough
panorama point is nice, mostly shady trail is easy with no access to water 7mi — 4h 00m
May 6, 2020
Jamie Williams
Out and back Round trip to independence peak with side trip to panoramic point 14mi — 9h 00m
Jan 30, 2020
Ann Zweig
Dec 8, 2019
Rick Merkel
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