Bear Creek Trail (607)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Bear Creek Trail (BCT) begins at the confluence of Bear Creek and the Dolores River and merges with a portion of the Highline Loop National Recreation Trail, eight miles upstream. The entire length from the Bear Creek Trailhead to the junction with Sharkstooth Trail is 12.5 miles.

The following trails intersect BCT and provide alternative access points:
* Little Bear Creek Trail (#609) – branches off the BCT at mile 4 and is a 2.6 mile climb to the Little Bear Creek trailhead access, which is via Hillside Road (FDR#436). Many portions of the Little Bear Trail may be difficult to find and can be quite steep.
* Gold Run Trail (#618) branches off the BCT at mile 6. This is a fairly steep trail but has several switchbacks and is designed to accommodate pack animals. Trail length is 2.2 miles to the Gold Run trailhead, which is accessed via the West Mancos Road (FDR #561). There is a well-established trailhead with parking, pit toilets and a corral. Overnight camping not permitted at trailhead.
*Grindstone Trail Loop (#658/608) branches off at mile eight. Trailhead access is via Hillside Road (FDR #436).
*Highline Loop Trail Begins a loop at approximately mile eight on the BCT, and continues east around the head of Bear Creek headwaters via the Sharkstooth Trail, to the Indian Ridge Trail (#520), then back down on either the Loop (#608) or the Grindstone Trail (#658).

Bear Creek Trail - printed description

Bear Creek Trail - printed Map

General Information

General Notes:

New Trail Information:  Bear Creek Trail is no longer a motorized single track trail from the trailhead located off of Hwy 145, to Gold Run trail (#618).

From Gold Run trail to Grindstone trail (#608) is a motorized single track portion of the Bear Creek trail.


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  Area/Length : 
14.0 miles

 



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