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A little difficult for an easy trail but well worth it.

2 days ago

Beautiful hike today on 4/19. Packed snow and ice almost completely covering entire trail up to the end of the trail. Definitely helped to use my yak tracks. I didn’t slip at all or have any difficulty while using them (besides the altitude and the entirely uphill trail-lol). Not too much of an elevation gain but the altitude definitely makes it more challenging. I was truly surprised by how many other people were on the trail and the fact that 95% of those people were very ill prepared for hiking. I’m here were people in shorts and almost everyone else was wearing either tennis shoes or casual shoes. No wonder I saw so many people falling. Please be prepared for the ice/snow and weather

This was a beautiful but strenuous hike to the Bear Peak Summit.The weather was nearly perfect except for the high clouds. Temperature remained in the 60’s and very light winds. It is approximately a 5.9 round trip. For the entire day, I passed 18-20 people. Most of the day was with me, myself, and I.

The path begins narrow but widens as you reach the Shanghai Ridge Trail. It is always heading up. Think about it. In 2.9 miles you will climb over 2500’ in elevation. The closer you get to the Summit the narrower and steeper your trek becomes. I had to take short breaks for the last mile to the Peak. At times, toward the end, you’ll need to use your hands for assistance. Unless of course, you’re in excellent condition. Me, I’m 54 years young but was breathing fairly heavily near the top.

Once you Summit, you have breathtaking panoramic views in all directions. Longs Peak is to the northwest while Mt Evans shares its glory from the southwest. Look east and the Great Plains never end. Boulder and the Flatirons are to the north and if you look closely, you’ll view Eldora Ski Resort just south of due west.

Overall, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re wanting to climb some 14ers this summer.

just getting into fitness and hiking and this is an amazing trail.


Nice view at the top! Beware of dog poop

Hiked the mostly packed trail today with just boots. Was able to make it to the cabins with relative ease. The snow is less packed the farther up you go, but still a nice and easy hike with amazing views. Loved it! It says 6.1 miles but with only boots we could really only make it about 4.

Good trail with a nice forest setting, but waaaayyyy too many noisy mountain bikers to share the trail with.

What a gorgeous hike! Went up on 4/15 and the snow is well packed the whole way to the valley and did not need snowshoes. A little post-holing up by the mining cabins if you get off the path but not bad at all. Nice, easy hike with spectacular views.

Great quick hike. Not difficult at all, would be a great one for out of town visitors.

Did this 4/11 with microspikes and poles with no issue-trail was pretty packed. Saw multiple people skiing. Beautiful views, plenty of parking, fun day!

Loved this hike. The loop at the top is beautiful.

Nice hike - went up the west trail, down the east. Saw 4 people total on a Wednesday afternoon. Was slightly confused at first since you had to cross the street to get to the right trail, but figured it out

Nice late afternoon hike with my baby, quiet despite being close to highway. Beautiful scenery and easy access to the creek to dip your hands or feet.

19 days ago

Fantastic, scenic hike in fresh, late March snow. Physically pretty demanding on the way up but technically not too difficult on the way down. Did the loop clockwise.

19 days ago

Went today, it was a wonderful hike. In the icy spots just stay on the snow along the edges.

20 days ago

Nice to go in April when it’s much less crowded.

Absolutely amazing! So didn’t wanna come home! A must see. :)

Had the place to ourselves just about the entire way up and back. Just my pup any myself enjoyed tromping through several feet of snow late last fall. A great hike for all. About 3/4 of the way becomes slightly more difficult as the trail narrows on the side of the mountain. Cheers!

on St. Mary's Glacier

26 days ago

Beautiful hike this morning, we had the top all to ourselves. Looking forward to coming back and experiencing it in warm weather.

27 days ago

Beautiful view of the glacier, a bit windy and cold so come prepared!

Hiked on 3/25/18. Made it up and down without micro spikes but there were some slick moments, especially on the decent. Always a good Boulder go-to but you will see a ton of folks on this one.

28 days ago

Fun trail.

Hiked Green Mountain today as our first hike of the season and really enjoyed it. It was dry and snow free for the most part but the closer we got to the summit the more packed snow and icy spots we encountered. We hiked up Gregory Canyon and didn’t use our spikes at all but on the way down I was really glad to have them. As usual we saw a lot of people in sneakers that made it up and down as well so you can do without I guess. All in all great hike but a bit too crowded for my taste but that’s what you get when you hike in Boulder.

Awesome! Really fun with my boyfriend and dog. Absolutely amazing views! Also just really peaceful with very few people on the trail on a Thursday. But even on a day where Denver was 74 degrees, I regretted not bringing a jacket. Also the trail was very icy and slushy in some areas. We were really glad we parked at and hiked the west trail (thanks to another review here). Will do again!

It’s cool to be near the main rocks, but this trail is very crowded. Try another trail to get more solitude.

Very easy. Great for small dogs that get tired easily. Still a lot of snow and lake is frozen with a lot of ice fishing.

Great for kids easy to do

We enjoyed our hike today but there was a lot of ice and snow on the trail. Crampons would have been very helpful.

Bring microspikes in winter months.

1 month ago

Love this hike and the views. Splendid! The main trail is well packed - no need for snowshoes but if you plan to venture off-trail - take your snowshoes. We did. The meadow areas are open enough that you won't get lost on the way to the mining cabins. And enough people have gone off-trail so that there are routes to follow. Off the trail, the snow is still 3 ft.+ deep. Enjoy the snow while you can!

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