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Mount Carbon Loop

Intermediate
 3.6 (25) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great hike on smooth trails.


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Map Key

6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

Loop

5,737' 1,749 m

High

5,512' 1,680 m

Low

447' 136 m

Up

448' 137 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mr Singleton with improvements by Josh M

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 25 votes

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  3.6 from 25 votes
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Photos

Enjoy beautiful views to the west from above Bear Creek Lake.
Mar 29, 2017 near Morrison, CO
Mt. Carbon stands in the distance along the Mt. Carbon Loop.
Mar 14, 2017 near Morrison, CO
Trail section near the top of Mt Carbon
Jul 28, 2015 near Morrison, CO

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Apr 11, 2021
Michelle Williams
Great easy trail to stretch your legs on close to downtown 6.7mi — 1h 58m
Feb 2, 2021
Michael Jon
4.5mi — 1h 20m
Nov 28, 2020
Scott Taylor
6.7mi — 2h 38m
Oct 15, 2019
Jim Haley
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