Corwina Park is definitely a very popular hike because of it proximity to Denver and it allows biking and leashed dogs. The Bear Creek Trail is very easy and primarily runs along the creek the whole way. However, Panorama Point is the more moderate trail. It is the perfect trail for getting your stamina up for you first time hikers. The trail starts out easy then you climb the first few switch backs. It’ll get your heart pumping and you will continue to have moderate bouts of climbing and flat terrain the rest of the hike. What I enjoyed was the birds, the wildflowers, lots of shade and a rocky outcropping that leads to some panoramic views. The parking gets really busy after 10 am, so getting there in the morning or later in the afternoon would be advisable. If you want solitude, well this won’t be the place. There are plenty to see though, so it is worth having to run into people from time to time.
How to get there: About 40 minutes from Denver – Follow I-70 W Take exit 260 to merge onto CO-470 E toward Colo Springs 4.2 mi. Take the Morrison Rd exit 0.3 mi. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for CO-8/Morrison Road and merge onto CO-8 W/Bear Creek Ave/W Morrison Rd. The trail is just off the highway on the left. Look for sign for Panara Point Trail Head.
Drive time: 40-50 min
Trail Miles: 2.4 Miles
Features: Woodland, Shade, Wildlife, Overlook
Pets: Dogs on Leash
Season: May – Oct
If you go: Please help protect our wildlife and their natural habitat and follow the rules! Keep your dogs on a leash, pick up and pack out everything you bring in, do not leave a trace.
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