Bear Canyon Trail to Bear Peak

HARD 38 reviews
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Bear Canyon Trail to Bear Peak is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

rock climbing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

washed out

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Made a wrong turn and ended up doing the canyon hike up to the next trail head and then on to Green Bear connecting to the Green Mtn trail. So glad it happened was an amazing views and the trail was a steady climb up to the trail head. Truly a hidden gem and worth the time.

hiking
6 months ago

didn't make it to our the peak the first weekend I tried (in the summer). then I did make it a few weeks later! and my little Chihuahua was a trooper. It took me about six hours round trip.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Monday, June 19, 2017

We started at the NCAR Trailhead; it was definitely longer than 6.6 miles but totally worth it. There are a ton of wildflowers in bloom along the trail right now too. If you plan on taking some of the alternate connecting trails make sure you look up trail closures, quite a few are closed at the moment.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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
Monday, September 05, 2016

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.

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