the Bear Creek Greenway to Platte river and north to Commons Park in
This is a very well maintained route, and remains clear of snow and debris
almost year round, with one notable exception around bear valley park
where a particular shrub has deposited no less than three thorns into my
The bear creek portion is the most scenic, and after leaving the verdant
bowl directly around Bear Creek Lake, runs up Mt Carbon (though more a
hill than a mountain), through Fox Hollow golf course, and follows the
creek to its confluence point with the Platte, maintaining a nice tree-
shaded ambiance the whole time.
Upon joining the Platte, it also comes into rather close proximity with a
highway, and becomes much noisier, though the platte River is quite
scenic on its own as well, with numerous ducks and geese paddling
placidly throughout. Supposedly, the Platte is popular with inner-tubers
during the late spring melts as well.
The trail along the Platte actually extends south all the way to Chatfield
Reservoir, and north past downtown as well, however, Commons park is
a great place to stop and relax before heading back to Bear Creek Lake.
Take C470 towards Morrisson, and turn east on Morrisson Rd. Take the first
Left onto Kumpfmiller Dr where the Park entrance can be found. Day passes
to the Park are 5$, or 4$ for seniors.