Grizzly Bear Creek

Distance: 12.8m round trip | Climb: 1865ft | Surface: dirt, rocks

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Grizzly Bear Creek is a challenging trail in a remote part of the Black Elk Wilderness. The trail is steep at times and there are many downed tress blocking the trail in several areas that you need to climb over or go around. There are a few small creek crossings along the way. This trail meets up with Norbeck Trail and then on to Black Elk trail, which would take you to Black Elk Peak (Harney Peak). If you continue on to the summit on the adjoining trails, it would add approximately 3 miles to your trip. To make a loop you can follow the Norbeck and Centennial to get back to the starting point. Be on the lookout for wild raspberries and an abundance of wildlife including mountain goats! This trail is perfect for the adventure-seeking people wanting to avoid the crowds on the main trail to Black Elk Peak.

Directions

  • From Keystone, take Iron Mountain Road (16A) south.
  • Take a right on South Playhouse Road. Go past Center Lake and take a right on Hwy 87.
  • Take right on FSR 345 (Camp Remington Rd), you will see trailhead for Centennial on your left, continue down road approximately another mile and Grizzly Bear Creek Trailhead is on your left.

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3 Comments

  1. 4

    Nice balance of easy and challenging, great summit.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 10
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Grizzly Bear Creek

  2. 4

    I took a section of this trail from FSR 345 to connect with 89a. What a little slice of heaven! It’s a decent incline surrounded by stone towers. I found myself thinking “How beautiful! Please tell me I don’t need to climb over those…” 😀 It was one of those trails where I wish my photography skills were better, because as much as I wanted to capture the beauty of the towering walls around me, I just didn’t feel like I could do it justice.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Grizzly Bear Creek

  3. 4

    I hiked a bit of this trail a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I went bike to hike the whole trail. This trail is mostly single-track and a bit overgrown in some spots, but in general it was easy to follow. This hike would be one I would classify as “hard” if I was heading towards Black Elk, but it is fairly moderate when heading East. In my opinion, the most beautiful parts of this hike would be the one-mile sections on either end of the trail. The whole trail is nice, especially if you like having the trail to yourself, but those end sections are tops for scenery.

    I was looking to make a loop from Norbeck to Grizzly Bear Creek Trail. I was going west on Norbeck (towards Black Elk Peak) and sailed right past the Grizzly trailhead. Going that direction, the trail just looks like a water bar. The trail marker is set several yards down the trail, so unless you happen to look back over your shoulder you probably won’t see it. To make matters worse, the sign at the junction of Norbeck and Black Elk Peak Trail (where you’ll probably be when you realize you’ve gone too far) is wrong. The sign should direct you back down Norbeck, but instead it directs you towards Sylvan Lake. Going back down Norbeck, the trailhead is really obvious. The junction is also very clear if you’re going from Grizzly to Norbeck, because Grizzly dead ends into Norbeck.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 6.4
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Grizzly Bear Creek

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