Before I get into the details of this hike, let me explain a few things… I originally went on this hike with a friend and my cousin’s dog I was dog sitting (Wheezy) at the end of August (2014.)
We hiked up until we reached the fork in the road where you either continue on Panorama Point or you venture onto the Bear Creek Trail. Once there we had to turn back so my friend could get to work. We figured we’d revisit it in a couple weeks and finish it so I could finish the review.
Then a couple weeks went by and I broke my foot. Not even in a cool way I might add, I stepped off my two steps worth of front porch wrong. And that ladies and gentlemen is my life in a nutshell.
It took six weeks before I could ditch the medical boot they put me in and even then, I still wasn’t allowed to do much. By the time my foot was better and the holiday madness was done, we were finally ready to give it another go in January. We had a good three days of sunshine and warm weather and we thought the coast was clear so we headed up there.
We were wrong. Despite the week of good weather, that shit was still an ice-skating rink. So basically after months of struggle with completing this trail, I’ve decided to temporally throw in the towel and just write a review on the portion I DID manage to get through.
I’m sorry that took so long to explain but there is simply no short way to explain the struggle that is my life.
Ok now for the hike… It’s in Corwina Park, just past Lair O’ The Bear in Morrison. I absolutely love this hike! For the first portion you are hiking through a beautiful shaded forest, then it opens up to a lovely meadow. There are lush trees, grass, wild flowers, and brooks. It’s simply beautiful.
According to “Day Hikes Near Denver” it’s 2.2 miles total (there and back) and takes about 1 hour to complete. The beginning of the hike is uphill and I would consider it to be the easier end of moderate. Then you get to the meadow and it’s a nice, flat reward for making it up the hike portion.
As I mentioned in the lengthy intro to this review, I have no idea what lives past the fork in the road. Although it’s safe to assume there is a “panoramic” view given the name of the trail. Other than that, it could be Narnia over there for all I know. Hopefully I’ll be able to venture through there once it thaws out.
Wheezy really seamed to love this trail as well. I distinctly remember her practically dragging me through the entirety of the hike she was so excited. It definitely seemed to bring out her curiosity.
I’m not sure of the legitimacy of this, but my friend mentioned that people said it was a good idea to clap every now and then to ward off bears in the area. Although I hadn’t heard of any sightings in the area, better safe than sorry I suppose. It’s also something to consider before you take your dog off leash like I’m sure a few of you do…
We went on a weekday and it was pretty quiet other than 2 or 3 fellow hikers.
A little random tip from me to you is when you drive through Morrison to get there, go the speed limit, use your blinker, make complete stops, all that super legal stuff because I am not exaggerating when I say I see a cop in the area EVERY time I drive through.
If you’re looking for a quick, shady, moderate, summertime hike I highly recommend scoping it out. I’d just like to take a moment to put a quick emphasis on summer time. Unless it’s been snowy enough for snowshoeing (although I haven’t tried that yet, so don’t hold me to that), or if you are an extremely skilled uphill ice-skater. The ice-skater part was sarcasm. I just want to make that very clear.
25280 Colorado 74
Morrison, CO 80465
I believe this map leads you to the main Corwina Park parking lot, don't park here. Drive past it once you get around the sharp curve shortly after the main parking lot you'll see a brown Cowrina Park sign. Turn there, it's a pretty insignificant road and it looks a little more like a driveway so try not to miss it!