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Bear Creek National Recreation Trail

Ouray, CO
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Ranked #12 of 15 Attractions in Ouray
Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: 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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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Springfield, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Stunning views, fantastic challenges and some slick and awesome switchbacks! Take plenty of fluids and climb slowly!

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Ridgway, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

This trail is a slog for the first fifteen switchbacks, but up above the trail is fantastic: very scenic and narrow. Not a good trail for out of control children and dogs.

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Ouray, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

This is a spectacular hike that goes trough so many different and interesting rock levels. The views are awesome! There are a lot of steep edges so if you are afraid of heights be careful.

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China
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

This trail was spectacular the entire trip. We went at the end of July, and it was wildflower season. They were sprinkled liberally all throughout the trail and we took loads of pictures. The first part of the trail is the hardest, lots of switchbacks going up, with shattered pieces of shale that sounds like the tinkling of glass as... More

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