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greenBlue Mount Carbon Loop

  3.6 ( 18 ) Favorite


6.8 mile 11.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 506' 154 m
Descent: -503' -153 m
High: 5,753' 1,754 m
Low: 5,505' 1,678 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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Trail shared by Mr Singleton

A great hike on smooth trails.

Mr Singleton

Features Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife


A wonderful rolling loop trail through open terrain around Bear Creek Lake.

Need to Know

There is very little cover for most of the trail, so one might get cooked in the summer without proper sun protection. Watch out for mountain bikers as well. $10.00 per car pass required or you can park in Morrison and hike into the park adding a little extra distance. You can park for free just off of HWY 285 and Simms St. Park on either side of the first roundabout (Nelson St. which is unfinished and stops about 100 ft. either side of the roundabout) then take the vehicle/pedestrian bridge back over 285 and into the park.... only foot traffic, bikes, and horses can enter from this side of the park, no vehicles. The Mt. Carbon Loop starts right at the top of the hill.


Just follow the Mount Carbon trail signs, as this route will take you around the full trail. This is a great loop trail that offers more easy, rolling terrain than other trails in the area.

This can be a great hike if you need to rest your legs but still want to get outside to enjoy the trail. This hike only has two small category four climbs.

The route begins near the entrance of Bear Creek Park. Take the first right after passing the Toll Boot and parking will be on your right. To start your hike, cross back over the road heading east and you'll quickly see signs for the Mount Carbon Trail.

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Jul 10, 2019
Erick Noriega
Apr 28, 2019
Michelle Williams
Great trail, but borderline unbearable when it's very windy. 7.2mi — 2h 18m
Feb 24, 2019
Floyd Hartley
Clear skies, light breeze, snowpacked trails mostly with some modest postholing 6.8mi
Aug 1, 2018
Ryan Harvey
ran 6.8mi — 1h 30m
Apr 28, 2018
Brian Huber
Apr 8, 2018
Debby R
Great loop. Nice area at top of first climb to snack and bathroom. Not terribly technical so could run. 7mi
Mar 24, 2018
Sarah Shafer
great day for a hike! trail is dry and very exposed so def bring lots of water and sunscreen. trail is also kind of narrow and you have to share… 6.8mi
Mar 17, 2018
Kim Campbell

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  3.6 from 18 votes


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