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Mount Carbon Loop

Intermediate
 3.6 (28) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great run on smooth trails.


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6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

98%

Runnable

5,737' 1,749 m

High

5,512' 1,680 m

Low

447' 136 m

Up

448' 137 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

A wonderful rolling loop trail through open terrain around Bear Creek Lake.

Need to Know

There is very little cover for most of the trail, so one might get cooked in the summer without proper sun protection. Watch out for mountain bikers as well. $10.00 per car pass required or you can park in Morrison and run into the park adding a little extra distance. You can park for free just off of HWY 285 and Simms St. Park on either side of the first roundabout (Nelson St. which is unfinished and stops about 100 ft. either side of the roundabout) then take the vehicle/pedestrian bridge back over 285 and into the park.... only foot traffic, bikes, and horses can enter from this side of the park, no vehicles. The Mt. Carbon Loop starts right at the top of the hill.

Runner Notes

Water can be refilled as you pass Fox Hollow Golf course on summer days by one of the fairway bathhouses on your way back to the car.

Description

Just follow the Mount Carbon trail signs, as this route will take you around the full trail. This is a great loop trail that offers more easy, rolling terrain than other trails in the area.

This can be a great run if you need to rest your legs but still want to get outside to enjoy the trail. This run only has two small category four climbs.

The route begins near the entrance of Bear Creek Park. Take the first right after passing the Toll Boot and parking will be on your right. To start your run, cross back over the road heading east and you'll quickly see signs for the Mount Carbon Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mr Singleton with improvements by Josh M

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 28 votes

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  3.6 from 28 votes
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Photos

Enjoy beautiful views to the west from above Bear Creek Lake.
Mar 29, 2017 near Morrison, CO
Mt. Carbon stands in the distance along the Mt. Carbon Loop.
Mar 14, 2017 near Morrison, CO
Trail section near the top of Mt Carbon
Jul 28, 2015 near Morrison, CO

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Mar 30, 2022
Trevor Edie
Still muddy in spots. 8mi
Oct 24, 2020
Alex Schiavoni
Good trail for recovery runs! Look for a way to park outside the park to add on a bit more miles.
Oct 17, 2020
Matt Church
9mi — 1h 15m
Aug 12, 2020
Brendan Ross
Apr 4, 2020
Derek Freed
7.7mi — 1h 21m
Jan 4, 2020
Alex Evertz
5.9mi — 0h 53m
Jul 27, 2019
Anne-Marie Schmidt
Training run on a warm day, with Heather b 7mi — 1h 48m
Jun 8, 2019
Quinton Hoffman