Bear Creek Trail
Only in recent years have I integrated road biking into my training regime, so admittedly it took me a while to find this biking trail. I have at least known about it, vaguely, for a few years thanks to other cycling and roadie friends.
Before actually riding this route I assumed it would be a lot harder than it actually was. The actual steep sections of elevation gain weren’t as bad as I anticipated and the overall elevation gain was less than I imagined. I thought the toughest climb was the approach up the road to the dam before dropping down the road beyond the gate, but I can see others viewing the other side of the road, the switchbacks, as being tough too, especially on the return.
It was a lovely leisurely day on a classic overlooked trail and we had perfect weather to and from Englewood to Morrison. We even stopped for a couple bevies in Morrison before making the return trip.
The trail itself is in pretty great condition, with the exception of the trash all along some sections. That is expected though, given our large population of homeless individuals and a number of issues in Colorado. The detour of a portion of this route is still underway which drops you on a brief gravel section. Not a big deal, but a little worrisome for skinny tires!
Overall a fantastic route and very scenic trail that winds from Englewood to Morrison. I recommend not doing this on a weekend, though, unless you start earlier than we did. The foot traffic on the trails once arriving in Morrison can be a little rough going.
Definitely spend a little time visiting one of the local shops or restaurants for a refreshment and snack in Morrison before making the return trip!