Bear Canyon Trail to Bear Peak

HARD 9 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1709 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

horseback riding

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

washed out

19 days ago

Don't be fooled. The map shown for this hike is only through bear canyon. There's another mile or two plus another 1000ft gain to bear peak. You can see bear peak labeled on the map south of their marker. I did bear canyon to bear peak, then came down fern canyon. Fern canyon is shorted but significantly more vertical. Bear canyon is a much easier inclined on the way up. Fern is great for the way down. View at the top was well worth the journey.

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7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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.