The Bear Creek Trail provides a taste of the country in the city, connecting downtown Denver with the foothills of the Rockies. Along the way, enjoy scenic views of woodlands, meadows and Bear Creek, as well as the urban beauty of the Denver skyline.
The trail's western end offers tree-lined landscapes through Bear Creek Lake Park, Bear Creek Greenbelt and Bear Valley Park, while its eastern end provides a connection to shopping centers and commercial areas. Note that the path includes a variety of different surface types, from dirt and gravel to asphalt and concrete, including some single-tracking. To continue the journey, trail-goers can connect to the Platte River Trail in Denver.
To start this trail on the west end, you can park on Morrison Road or one of the parking lots in downtown Morrison. Look for signs telling you the parking regulations as they vary greatly in different locations. The trail parallels Morrison Road, running between the street and the creek. There are some fairly visible signs directing you to the trail.
The best place to begin the trail in Denver is at Confluence Park where Cherry Creek runs into the Platte River. From there, you ride/hike south on the Platte River Trail until you cross a bridge over the Platte River. At this point, look for a sign directing you west toward the Bear Creek Trail.