Mount Carbon Loop

Bear Creek Lake Regional Park

Denver Metro Area, Colorado

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  • Racing down the Mount Carbon Loop.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Top of the hill.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Great views of the lake from the trail.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • A view of the foothills from the loop.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Water station near the golf course section of the loop.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Horseback riding is popular here as well.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Flowers line the trail for much of the loop.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Views along the ride.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Magpie sunning itself.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Yurt camping is available at the park.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • The ride near the dam.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Nearing the end of the loop.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Canada goose at Bear Creek Lake.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • Visitors can fish for trout.- Mount Carbon Loop
  • A gentle ride on park roads is always welcome.- Mount Carbon Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great place to cool down in the city on a hot day. Multi-use park with activity-specific trails. Sheltered camping. Lots of trail options for shorter rides.
Cons: 
Busy on the weekends. Flood has damaged some parts of the trail.
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Region:
Denver Metro Area, CO
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
706.00 ft (215.19 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
8.05 mi (12.96 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,703.00 ft (1,738.27 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Mount Carbon Loop at Bear Creek Lake Park is an excellent ride for for all skill levels. The trees, lakes, and streams make this a good place to hide from the heat of summer. The trail is located within a few miles of Red Rocks Park and Dinosaur Ridge outside of Morrison.  

Bear Creek Lake Park is a multi-use park with activity-specific trails. The park features beaches, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, biking, boating, archery, shelter camping, fishing, and just about every other activity and amenity you can imagine.

The Mount Carbon Loop takes you on a winding singletrack tour of the entire park. It won't take much pedaling to get around, and the trails are fast and flowy with little elevation gain. After finishing a ride, consider stopping for a swim to cool down. You may catch a glimpse of pelicans, loons, ducks, and other fowl nesting on the shores of Bear Creek Lake.

A few sections of trail by the creek have been damaged from flooding in the spring of 2015, and detours are well marked throughout.

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