Bear Canyon Trail to Bear Peak is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, rock climbing, and horses and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is not for the faint of heart if you're riding a horse. Trailhead does not allow horses so don't follow the directions to this one. Mesa Trail that leads to Bear Canyon Trail is fairly easy to travel but still challenging Bear Canyon Trail has a very challenging parts and some very scary parts. Trail is incredibly beautiful though a lot of it is in the trees with great views.
Closer to 8 mile RT from parking lot. Took just over 3 hours with kids 8 and up. Would rate it moderate for its long, steady climb. Will have to try to make it to Bear Peak another time.