Bear Peak Trail

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Bear Peak Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2847 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

The trail starts out very easy with well maintained walking trails. As you progress deeper and higher the terrain increases in difficulty; to the point of being slightly technical. The trail gets fairly challenging on the last mile or so before summit. Beautiful scenery from start to end. Vast meadows sprawling with wild flowers to forests with towering evergreens to rocky boulders of great size.

7 days ago

Today was a beautiful day with great views of all of the snow caped peaks in their full glory. Shadow Canyon was ok on the way up but Fern Canyon was very slick. My micro spikes made it fine but my hiking partner was experimenting with creative descents in the slickest spots.

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13 days ago

Perfect weather for hiking! We took Shadow Canyon on the way up--steep but doable without microspikes (2/4 of us had a pair). The views at the top are stunning; it is a pretty narrow clamber to the peak and benefits from microspikes. We lucked out and got a half hour without wind, too. The way down we took Fern Canyon and definitely should have had more microspikes, it was pretty brutal slipping and sliding down packed snow/ice all the way down, and once we hit the Mesa Trail section it was very muddy. All in all though a gorgeous hike and well worth the effort!

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21 days ago

Nice variation between easy portions with more challenging sections, especially once you cross the first stream. The trail had a layer of snow, but not enough to need traction devices. Great views once you get to the top of the ridge, would definitely recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike - summer type (66 deg in the city) weather in January. Hiked both Bear and S Boulder Peaks without microspikes - unusual for Jan.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike. Started around 8am, trail was mildly icy in a few spots. Nothing bad, didn’t use traction. Shadow Canyon trail is a little hard to follow in the rockier parts but not too hard to get back on track. Great views!

1 month ago

Great hike! The last push is incredible

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fun trail. Took the dog and was fine for a pup, except the last 40-80 vertical feet. Other dogs were doing it,but I had to lift my dog down one 3 ft drop he couldn’t find footing on. Once you get on Shadow Canyon trail the traffic drops off and the vertical starts climbing quickly from there on. Going up was challenging. Seeing Devils Thumb from below, parallel and above was really cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome close to home!

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1 month ago

Did Bear Peak and South Boulder Peak in one push. Bear Peak was the nicer and more fun summit. Had normal running shoes and didn't need to take out the crampons. 4,5 hrs slow tempo. Well worth it.

1 month ago

great trail run and hike

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1 month ago

A good jaunt: It'll raise your blood pressure and make ya sweat from the climb up to Fern Ridge and then onto the peak. Windy.

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2 months ago

Awesome views of the Flatirons. This is a great trail that is deceptively easy at the front Save some energy for the last bit where it gets fairly technical. I would call that last little push a solid class 4.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail with great views but the shadow canyon trail wasn't the easiest going up that's for sure!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike! Completed it from map to peak in 1 hour and 5 minutes! Really gets stiff after the saddle.

3 months ago

FYI this trail is closer to 9.5 miles. It’s our favorite so far. It goes from easy to moderate to easy again and the views are stunning. It took us about 5 hours to do the loop- we are fit individuals but not star athletes.

3 months ago

Rugged and longer than listed, and totally worth it. Tough to find parking but all joy after that.

3 months ago

Great Hike

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

This hike matches well with the great hikes I've done in Austria, Switzerland, and New Zealand. Truly diverse in the terrain throughout the hike and the view from the peak is so rewarding. Definitely wear gear because it gets really slick at the top. By peak they really mean peak. I think about 5-8 people can secure themselves at the top and that's it.

4 months ago

The pup and I took Mesa to Shadow Canyon on up to Bear Peak. Lots of vertical, but nothing to be wary of if you're in shape. Friendly people and friendly dogs abound.

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