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Bear Creek National Recreation Trail

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Address: , Ouray, CO
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Beginning at an elevation of 7,900 feet and ending at 9,200 feet, this...
Beginning at an elevation of 7,900 feet and ending at 9,200 feet, this eight-mile, easy-to-moderate trail allows hiking, horseback riding and trail biking as the only forms of transportation.
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Awesome hike!

This was the best hike we did in Colorado. We went to Yellow Jacket mine, 8.4 miles round trip and 2700 feet vertical. I recommend going all the way to Yellow Jacket, the mining... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Indianapolis, IN
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Indianapolis, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This was the best hike we did in Colorado. We went to Yellow Jacket mine, 8.4 miles round trip and 2700 feet vertical. I recommend going all the way to Yellow Jacket, the mining ruins are way better than Bear Creek mine which was pretty ordinary. There are also beautiful wildflower meadows between Bear Creek and Yellow Jacket mines and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful valley to spend a day or two, this is the place. It is a small park, less than 20 parking spots, but the valley is beautiful and very walkable. The best news is, there are few insects in the area. There may be an occassional bear or rattlesnake, but they are rare... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This was my 1st trip to Ouray and what an amazingly beautiful town with so much to do! We hiked the Bear Creek trail and went on to the Yellow Jacket trail. This hike has so many different things to see. Never a dull moment! I can see why this is the locals favorite.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is one of the best trails ever and I say this after spending the week before hiking Yosemite, Sequoia National Forest and the Grand Canyon. It's breathtaking. We only hiked the 2.5 (5 mile RT) miles to the first mine but fully intend to start earlier and hike at least to the 2nd mine. The beginning of the trail... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Kind of scary but TOTALLY worth it!!! Some parts of the trail are pretty narrow and super rocky, I would NOT like to hike this trail when it's wet since it's mostly covered in slate. But the views are spectacular!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Good hiking on steep grade, breath taking views and to keep it all a safe experience tread carefully at narrow spots - drop offs are deep. Bring enough water, lunch and snacks for a day hike. This tripadvisor review from BC Koch

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hobart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Pretty much agree with the other reviewers. Bit of a slog to get up the first big hill but then the trail is great! I loved the narrow, ledge hiking parts of the trail. Only made it to the first mine but if I come back, I'll make more time to go further.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

My husband and I like to hike, however, there is hiking and then there is hiking. This trail is for the very experienced. I was very intimidated with the steep inclines and narrow cliff trails. We turned back after 3 miles. If you are experienced and like to hike high, this is the trail for you. My only regret is... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Worth doing--shady at lower elevations and then more exposure as you go up. Access from the highway makes it easy to do. You will see others on this trail--not wilderness.

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Middle River, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Awesome views. First half mile is tough, especially on the return trip. The v Jew of Bear Creek Falls was awesome and seeing the old mine was great. Moderate hike most of the way. Take a hiking pole.

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