Beware the Bear trail races.

Beware the Bear trail race start

5km, 14.25km, 5+14.25 Double, Kids 1mi trail run.

The original Bear Creek Lake Park trail race.

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Course Description

All dirt courses, single and double track, on a mix of short, steep hills, rollers, and not quite flat terrain.


Opening loop: Both the 5km and 14.25km will follow this opening ~0.6mi loop. Start at the W end of the ballfield. The start will be cross-country style, spread wide across the field. Head E towards and around the N side of the pavilion. Go right past the parking lot chain, then left on the wide dirt road, Take the dirt road down the steep hill. Just before the gates at the bottom, go left onto the single track and across the footbridge. Shortly thereafter, go left at the fork heading back towards the W. Cross the footbridge and continue up the trail. As the trail flattens out, stay left at the fork and head back to the pavilion.


5km

~300' of climbing

Aid Station: ~1.5mi.

No cut-off, but anyone not finished before subsequent races start may be held for a minute or two ~1/3mi before the finish.


Continue past the finish, around the N side of the pavilion. Veer left onto the single track and follow it around the back stop and the S side of the meadow. At the W end of the meadow, stay straight and up a short hill. Follow the trail to the right to the footbridge. Go left across the bridge, then right on the other side.


Follow the double track path along the canal N and out towards Morrison Road. Go right on the trail alongside Morrison Rd, across the culvert.


On the other side of the culvert, at the aid station, go right, downhill and back into the park. Continue down the trail along the W side of an open meadow.


Take the first left at the NW corner of the bottom of the bluff. Climb the steep hill, 15%-20%. Stay left as the trail starts to flatten out. There's a short, steep drop, then a fairly flat stretch along the N side of the bluff. The trail veers right and drops into a small canyon. It curves right at the  bottom of canyon to a fast and gradual downhill double track. Take a sharp right at the next trail junction. This trail climbs ~7% for ¼mi. It flattens out below the top of the bluff. At the 3-way junction, take a left and head downhill. Stay straight through the first trail junction. Go right at the next. This will take you onto the trail you took on the opening loop, across the footbridge, left at the fork, then to the finish at the pavilion.


14.25km

~900' of climbing

Aid Stations: approx. 0.60mi, 3.05mi, 4.70mi, and 6.15mi.

Cut-off: 1:15 (that's 1 hr 15 min from the start, not 1:15pm) at the end of the first big loop, approx 4.70mi, ~16:00/mi pace.


After the opening loop, do 2x the big loop.


Big loop, ~4.1mi: Continue past the finish, around the N side of the pavilion. Veer left onto the single track and follow the trail around the back stop and the S side of the meadow. At the W end of the meadow, take a sharp left down the short, steep, and rocky trail.; this is different than the 5km. Take a sharp right at the bottom up a ~7% grade. The trail curves right at the top. Continue E to the footbridge. Go left across the bridge, then left on the other side.


Follow the double track service road as it rolls to the W. It dips in the middle, then continues W out towards Morrison Rd. Go through the gate, then take a sharp right onto a single track. Follow this flattish trail back to the E alongside Morrison Rd. The trail splits as you come to the W side of the bluff. Veer right at the fork, and follow the fence line to the top of the bluff. The climb starts moderately steep, nearly levels off, then 10%+ to the top. The trail turns right at the top, through the fence line. It descends 15%+ steep and rocky at first, gradually flattening out. At the end of the single track, go left onto the wide, dirt path (merging with the 5km course). Follow the double track path along the canal N and out towards Morrison Road. Go right on the trail alongside Morrison Rd, across the culvert.


On the other side of the culvert, at the aid station, go right, downhill and back into the park. Continue down the trail along the W side of an open meadow.


Take the first left at the NW corner of the bottom of the bluff. Climb the steep hill, 15%-20%. Stay left as the trail starts to flatten out. There's a short, steep drop, then a fairly flat stretch along the N side of the bluff. The trail veers right and drops steeply into a small canyon. It curves right at the  bottom of canyon to a fast and gradual downhill double track. Take a sharp right at the next trail junction. This trail climbs ~7% for ¼mi. It flattens out below the top of the bluff. At the 3-way junction, take a left and head downhill. Stay straight through the first trail junction. Go right at the next. This will take you onto the trail you took on the opening loop, across the footbridge, left at the fork, then to the pavilion.


Do the big loop twice. After the second loop, stay right to cross the finish line.


Kids 1mi

There will be a display clock, but the finish will not be individually timed or scored.


Start at the W end of the ballfield. The start will be cross-country style, spread wide across the field. Head E towards and around the N side of the pavilion. Go right past the parking lot chain, then left on the wide dirt road, Take the dirt road down the steep hill. Just before the gates at the bottom, go left onto the single track and across the footbridge. Shortly thereafter, go left at the fork heading back towards the W. Cross the footbridge and continue up the trail. As the trail flattens out, stay right at the fork, differing from the opening loop of the other races. Climb up to the irrigation canal. The trail curves left. Go W past, not across the footbridge. Take the next left downhill. Stay left and follow the trail around the W and S side of the meadow. Head back to finish at the pavilion.

Race day schedule

  • 7:00 - Park  gates open.
  • 7:45 - Packet pick up and race day registration begins.
  • 8:40 - 5km & double reg and pick up ends.
  • 8:45 - 5km race starts.
  • 9:25* - Kids 1mi starts.
  • 9:30* - 14.25km reg and pick up ends.
  • 9:45* - 14.25km race starts
  • 10:00* - 5km awards
  • 11:45* - 14.25km awards


*Times are approximate, based on the status of prior races. Be prepared to start early.

14.25km course

Directions and Parking

Please carpool to reduce carbon.

Bear Creek Lake Park is located at 15600 W. Morrison Rd, just E of the town of Morrison, Red Rocks Ampitheatre, and the Bandimere Speedway.


Take hwy C470 to the Morrison exit. Go E ½ mi to the park entrance. Turn R into the park. Proceed past the toll booth - racers and volunteers don't have to pay a fee on race day. Go left at the Y after the toll booth. Head E ~¾ mi, then look for marshals guiding you to parking ando the start.