Bear Creek Trail and Bruin Bluff Trail (Lair O’ the Bear Park)

Bear Creek Trail

A nice easy loop hike at the Lair O’ the Bear Park starts at the parking lot and follows the Bear Creek Trail west, then go left over the bridge to Castor Cutoff Trail to Bruin Bluff Trail, and then go left over the Ouzel bridge to Bear Creek Trail again. Grab a map at the parking lot for a personal trail map.

Bear Creek Trail in the Spring

This loop trail follows Bear Creek under huge cottonwood trees to a wood planked bridge.

It is a pleasant hike, shaded in areas, slightly uphill through pine trees along the side of a grassy meadow with views of the canyon and the creek. It is a good loop trail within the park where you can experience a little bit of the various micro climates of the park (creek, pine forest, canyon views, grassy meadow).

Bruin Bluff Trail

For a more challenging hike, you may like the Bruin Bluff Trail that moves up over the top of the hill/side of the canyon (1.9 miles loop trail).

One thing to keep in mind is that this park is very crowded on weekends so come on a weekday or early morning to avoid crowds. There are picnic pavillions and grills available along the creekside too.

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Lair O Bear Picnic Area

Bear Creek Spring Melt

5 thoughts on “Bear Creek Trail and Bruin Bluff Trail (Lair O’ the Bear Park)

  1. Don McCurdy

    At the ripe old age of 12 I lived in the house that used to be at the bottom of the hill.  My sister and I would walk to the top of the hill and wait for the school bus.  Vera Ridgeway was our bus driver.  She was a sweet old lady that was tough as nails and looked after “her kids.”  We rode the bus to Morrison Red Rocks Junior High.

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  2. Carolyn

    We just did this hike today, and they’ve change the trail a bit. The directions are perfect, but the distances are a bit off. The shorter loop is about 0.6-0.7 miles and the longer one is 1.3 miles. (The map of the trail available online has the different sections labeled as 0.3, 0.3, 1.3 miles, but at the trailhead, they have the same map but with a slightly different path for Bruin Bluff with distances of 0.2, 0.2, 0.9 now) Fun hike though, we love your site, we use it all the time!

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