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I loved all the different colors and scenery on this hike. Lots of different plants and flowers. The beginning of the trail was probably the hardest and strongest incline, after that it's fairly flat. There was some snow when I went and certain areas were kinda slippery so be mindful of the weather. Beautiful trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Some great views for an easy walk.

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.

Love this trail! Short but challenging, and a beautiful view from the top!

hiking
5 days ago

No city views - just peaceful, green, rejuvenating nature and mountains. See snow capped mountains in the distance, rolling hills, huge trees, and some cacti and succulents. Instead of going there and back, take Chapman Dr fire trail for a loop.

Like 95% downhill start to end point, uphill on the way back.

Good gradual incline! Great views and not very heavy traffic!

It was a nice stroll!

Crowded today. Steady hike up to the ruins. The views were good. I guess one can easily be spoiled by Colorado's other scenic vistas, but neat none the less if this is your first time. Patches of snow and ice on the trail; quickly melted by the afternoon.

on Lakes of the Clouds

9 days ago

Totally worth the hike!!! will definantly be back to this one but this time with plans to camp at the top.

Easy quick hike in Boulder.. stairs at the end are really the only challenge. Views are like

Incredible view at the end. Great hike.

I was just glad to see the trail was open this time of year. A lot of places in this area are closed due to the mud. Some of this trail was closed off due to the season, but it was still worth going. We liked that there was snow sporadically along the trail which made it a little more challenging with just sneakers on. I read reviews talking about the limited parking, but the gate keeper said that they let people know when it’s full which was comforting. We got lucky and got to park by the trail we wanted to go on, but you may not get as lucky as we did. Overall, we will definitely will be doing this one again to experience the entire trail during season.

hiking
20 days ago

Peaceful, beautiful hike in the woods. The first 4/5 of the hike is easy then at the end you have some stairs to get to the top which gives it its moderate rating. The views are beautiful and the trail was very quiet when I went.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful views all along the trail and the continental divide was gorgeous. A gradual incline all the way up, and a rocky trail which we loved.

TRAIL CLOSURE INFO: This trail is only open to the continental divide overlook and back. The top loop portion is closed thru July 15.

Only small sections of icy trail were tricky, primarily near the beginning of the hike. It was definitely doable without spikes or poles. $8 entry fee to the park. Only about 8 parking spaces at the TH, but more parking at the bottom and top of the canyon with occasional spots along the road.

Fun trail! Nice views looking east through the Gulch. I took the short trail from the Hotel Ruins to the Continental Divide Viewing area. Short hike between those two points. There was a nice, steady incline all the way up.

An absolutely beautiful trail. We took it up to the Continental Divide Outlook. The views are amazing. There were a few icy patches but nothing to difficult to get through in normal hiking shoes.

This is my go to trail! You get a great view at the top and there’s a metal plate that shows you all the mountain ranges to the west at the top! It starts off easy but gradually gets harder.

Trail was very nice. Some ice but you can get around it, also Mud. Towards the end there are rock stairs, so there is a bit of a climb. The summit was very nice, not amazing. Small area once you reach the top so if it's a busy trail day, it will definetely be crowded. I only gave it 3 stars because the summit view was not that impressive, the trail itself was very pretty.

Great views! Definitely recommend bringing spikes for some areas.

Easy hike with rewarding views. The trail was a bit icy in some spots but overall it was in good condition.

Coil treads recommended for winter hike to reach the top

A great way to spend the afternoon. Took us about 3 hours. Great spot to see some foundation ruins from the hotel and nice views of the continental divide. Rock climbers all around. Super close to Boulder/West Arvada

Great hike with beautiful views and not too challenging. The trail was quite icy in a lot of spots. I recommend bringing your crampons.

Icey but beautiful!

Great hike but extremely difficult without spikes in winter conditions. If you do this during the winter, come prepared.

Good hike on some packed snow. Gorgeous views! This is my second time doing this trail and it was just as fun the second time.

This was a great little hike out in Eldorado Springs. Since it’s a state park it’s an $8 entry fee, but totally worth it! There was a good little incline throughout the hike, but overall relatively easy. When up there, you can go off the trail a little and see the Continental Divide.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Well maintained trails. Great views right after the recent snow fall. Only saw 2 other people

awesome views, can be quite icy and slick. bring traction.

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