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Corwina Mountain Park - Photo by: Jeffrey Beall - OutThere Colorado
Corwina Mountain Park - Photo by: Jeffrey Beall

Corwina Mountain Park

Things to do

Hiking

Corwina Mountain Park is a 298-acre Denver Mountain Park sandwiched between O’Fallon and Pence mountain parks on the south and Lair o’ the Bear, a Jefferson County Open Space park, on the east. Access to this small park is from Colorado 74 northeast of Evergreen. The highway, passing through Bear Creek Canyon, bisects the northern part of the park. The wilder southern section is a pine-forested ridge topped by Panorama Point. A parking lot and trailhead on the northwest edge of Corwina marks the start of the popular 1.2-mile Panorama Point Trail. Two parking lots, restrooms, and a picnic area are also on highway 74. Bear Creek Regional Trail, beginning in Little Mountain Park to the east, threads through the park before ending at Pence Mountain Park. Corwina, with six trail miles, is a quiet getaway for hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking.

Pro Tips

  • Corwina’s best hike is the 0.7-mile Panorama Point Trail up a wooded gulch to the point’s 7,380-foot summit. A parking area and trailhead are 0.8 miles northeast of Kittredge on the right side of highway 74. Hike 0.7 miles up the gulch to Bear Creek Trail. Follow it up one switchback, then go right and follow the trail for 0.5 miles to the summit. Return the same way for a 1.4-mile hike. The trail is for hikers only.
  • Highway 74 cuts through the north part of the park in Bear Creek Canyon. A picnic area and parking lot on the north side of the road makes a great stop, especially for kids. The 0.25-mile Old Road Nature Trail follows the old canyon highway on a wide curve around the picnic area, and then returns to the parking area.
  • Another parking area on the south side of the highway at Upper Corwina allows, via a footbridge, access to a historic stone picnic shelter on the mountainside above Bear Creek. Park in the long lot by the creek and look for the bridge and trail on the west side of the lot.
  • Mountain bikers enjoy riding the Bear Creek Regional Trail, which begins in Little Mountain Park east of Corwina. The trail runs southwest past Corwina Park through O’Fallon Mountain Park to a trailhead on Myers Gulch Road in Pence Mountain Park.

Recommended season(s): Year-round.

Stewart M. Green

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