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Date Saturday  6/19/2021
End Date
Group Western Slope
Event Title Bear Creek National Recreation Trail
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Brenda Leach
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 8
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 4.4
Elevation Gain 1,560
Driving Distance 78 from Montrose


The Bear Creek National Recreation Trail starts on the west side of Highway 550, 2.5 miles south of Ouray.

For more info Contact

Brenda Leach, 303-525-3660


*Note this hike is >5 hours from Denver.

We'll hike to the Grizzly Bear Mine. The trail starts with a series of long, moderately steep switchbacks ascending the east side of the Uncompaghre Gorge, a deep mountain canyon formed by the Uncompahgre River and Red Mountain Creek south of Ouray. We'll reach the top of the switchbacks in slightly under a mile having gained 1,000-ft. The grade now moderates as the trail enters the Bear Creek drainage, heading east across a talus slope high above Bear Creek. Views to the south extend to Red Mountain pass. After five minutes the trail levels off following the contours of the canyon's steep walls on a narrow ledge carved into the talus cliff. Footing is generally good except for a few short eroded sections. About 0.2 miles before the Grizzly Bear Mine the trail enters a nice stand of aspens. Keep an eye out for a metal sided shed on your left. Shortly thereafter mining equipment and a collapsed wood building with a corrugated aluminum roof lie scattered along the side of the trail. This is the Grizzly Bear mine (10,020-ft.), located 2.2 miles and 1,560-ft. up from the trailhead. We'll have lunch here and then head back to the trailhead.

For more info, see Bear Creek National Recreation Trail Detail, Ouray, Colorado ( 



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