Read our blog
Front Range - Morrison
Morrison, Mount Falcon Jefferson County Open SpaceType: Mountain Bike
Start elevation: lower east lot 6,600 ft.
Top elevation: upper west lot 7,600 ft.
Total miles of trails: 11.1
Mount Falcon Park is yet another sparkle in the crown of the Jefferson County Open Space Trail system. Although the miles of trails seem to be short, they can be ridden in any direction, out and back, top to bottom and provide a great day of cycling along the Front Range. Getting there is easy; there are two lots to choose from. The lower or east lot is off HWY 8 south of Morrison. Turn west on Forest Ave. and north on Vine Ave. Plenty of parking is available as well as restrooms if needed. The other parking area is the upper or west lot. To get here take U.S. HWY 285 south to the Indian Hills turn-off and take Parmalee Gulch Road 5 miles to Picutis Road and follow the brown signs to the trail head. Again, plenty of parking, restrooms and picnic areas await you. If climbing is you strength, you'll want to start out in the lower east lot and turn the cranks up the Castle Trail. Primarily singletrack this one is steep and rocky. Exposure to the morning sun and afternoon heat will have you drinking from the water bottle for sure. Once on top continue along the Castle Trail to the Parmalee Trail. This one is sweet singletrack and drops fast and steep. Plenty of water bars and flowing switchbacks will greet you until it smoothes out a bit. It drops nearly 1,000 ft and climbs its way back up and out. All of the trails from Old Ute, Devils Elbow, Meadow and Tower deserve a turn. One of the most impressive, historically speaking, is the Walkers Dream Trail. Here you will find the corner stone of what was to be the summer home for the Presidents of the United States. Construction was halted due to the outbreak of WWI and the loss of good fortune by John Brisben Walker who was the original owner of this beautiful land. You will also be able to view the ruins of his home that was destroyed by fire in 1918 from the Castel Trail. Although short and sweet, this park offers a nice lesson of early Colorado history as does the little town of Morrison so check out the Family Fun page for the local mood.
Lair o' The Bear ParkType: Mountain Bike
The Lair o' the Bear Park, L-O-B, is a great single track trail system that when connected with Mt. Falcon, can make for some serious mountain biking. Located between Evergreen and Morrison, Colorado along HWY 74, this Jefferson County Open Space Park is not to be missed. Since 1987, this park has been providing the biker, hiker and angler something to talk about. Meandering alongside Bear Creek, this park has a lot to offer. There are hiking only trails for the non-rider and family friendly areas to rest or take a break. For the rider some challenging single track is ready to be ridden. The access point to connect to Mt. Falcon is not difficult, once at the top of Mt. Falcon, take the road out to Parmalee Gulch Road and turn right and head north for about a mile. As you start your descent, on the left will be Pence Park and a trail crossing sign, slow down and on the right side of the road, take the single track and ride parallel to the road for a very short time until it veers right. This is the Bear Creek Trail, BCT. It is well marked with signage with the usual brown posts. BCT will not disappoint, the trail offers a nice compact surface with some rock obstacles and roots here and there. The occasional switchback as you drop will keep you speed under control. If you are doing Mt Falcon in combination with this, use your discretion as to where to turn around. I prefer to descend near the bottom along where HWY 74 is clearly visible. There is an opening and Bear Creek is bubbling nearby. This trail may not seem very long, at close to two miles, but it will challenge you in both directions. If you choose to ride out and back with L-O-B, you can access the park four miles west of Morrison on HWY 74.