Much steeper than advertised in my little trail guide. The stuff beyond the camp gets pretty steep, but what makes it bad is the gravel - lots of slipping and sliding trying to go up and down. Trail eventually dead ends at the top of the canyon - two of us climbed up on top, precariously, and then headed back out. The camp also seemed to come up considerably earlier than my trail guide suggested. But to the camp itself is very easy hiking. Total maybe 4.5 miles or so from the parking lot.
Scout camp ruins I guess.
Mysterious abandoned/hidden bike
view from the top - we scrambled up over the rock
part of the 'trail' we just came down to get to the top
Hiking notes: Bear Creek Trail is relentlessly uphill until Captain Jack's. Total elevation gain about 2000 ft. Our route started at the big lot by Upper Gold Camp. We walked down High Drive to the Bear Creek Canyon trailhead, then up the trail head to the mining cave a mile or so past Captain Jack, then back to Captain Jack's, quick summit of Mt. Buckhorn, back down to High Drive and back to the lot. Route about 7.5 miles, needs maybe 5 hours to do. Beautiful falls and creekside views, feels more 'wild' than nearby North Cheyenne Canyon - probably because it is somewhat less accessible for average hikers and less well-known.
1st Columbine of the season
the old mine
opal maybe? Agate?
baby pinecones (Douglas fir I think)
back of the Waldo Canyon burn scar
Black Forest fire (not much to see today, good thing)