Location: Jefferson County Open Space
Nearest town: Idledale
Distance from Denver: 20 mi / 0:27
Trail distance: 1.7 mi loop + some additional trail options
Elevation: 6,500 ft at TH
Direction notes: The park is on the left about 4 mi west of Morrison along Hwy 74.
Dogs: On leash
Trailhead: Bathrooms, map, picnic tables
Date hiked: Mar 2013
Jefferson County Open Space
Trail notes and photos:
My original trail plan for the day was not doable due to the recent snowfall, so I headed to Lair o’ the Bear where there was less snow, but also less trail.
On this fairly warm day, the trail was covered in 4-6 inches of slushy snow.
This is an easy 1.7 mi loop which runs along Beer Creek and climbs just 200 ft in elevation to follow along Bruin Bluff. While hiking, traffic from Hwy 74 can occasionally be heard and the views are not pristine, as is typical of many parks in the foothills.
The additional trail options are along Bear Creek Trail to the east and west where it connects to Denver Mountain Parks (Pence Park to the west, Little Park to the east).