Bear Valley Urban Hiking Denver

No Bears on Bear Valley Urban Hiking Adventure

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Walking through Denver’s neighborhoods in alphabetical order, we see how the 1965 Great Denver Flood impacts different neighborhoods. In Bear Valley, the flood came through right as the neighborhood started. With split level homes throughout this hilly ‘burb, it seems like everyone was trying to get as far away from Bear Creek, which runs on the neighborhood’s south end, as they could. Here’s my write-up of our 3.5 mile amble on our Bear Valley Urban Hiking adventure.

Sharing with Lakewood

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Bear Valley’s boundaries don’t quite make a rectangle, as it intermingles with Lakewood on its west side. None the less, the neighborhood’s borders are approximately Yale, Sheriden, Hampden and Bear Creek. Rising up from Bear Creek to the north sits this late 1960s neighborhood full of split-level homes, Ford trucks, and an occasional artsy flair.

A Creek Runs through It

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Photo credit Melissa Turner

The Bear Creek runs along the south side of the neighborhood, making its way northwesterly to the Bear Creek Reservoir. The Bear Creek Trail makes a wonderful getaway to either Morrison on its west end or Englewood on its east end. We saw many locals and their dogs enjoying an amble, and we witnessed some federal contractors cleaning out fallen trees from the Creek’s banks.

Personality Sneaks In

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Although not a very descriptive neighborhood, it has friendly neighbors, a suite of schools, and inviting sidewalks. Interesting to note is that their high school, John F Kennedy, was one of the first high schools to implement mandatory, desegregated busing between Lincoln High and Kennedy in 1975. The school also has the only marine biology program in Denver Public Schools.

If you want a solid, hilly, urban hike through an inviting neighborhood with a nice jaunt along the creek, enjoy this 3.5 mile route through the neighborhood, past the schools, and beside the creek.


Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.


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