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
3018 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.

11 hours ago

Great, strenuous hike with panoramic views from the top

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail leading it up to hill, some rough rocking areas but great for everyone beginners. I was hopping for more a challenge and alot less people. But all and all, was a great day!

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10 days ago

Pretty awesome hike. It 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.

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Definitely one to do during the morning hours to avoid the heat and bring plenty of water.
Currently signs posted for a closed trail, but there are plenty more to get you to the peak!

hiking
10 days ago

We hiked this from NCAR, making it about a 6 mile hike. The first half is very easy, until you get to Fern Canyon. After that it's pretty steep and technical for the next mile and a half. The hike itself hard but doable; however, the bugs at the top make you want to immediately turn around and head back down rather than enjoy the summit. We were looking forward to sitting at the top and relaxing for a little bit, but headed back pretty quickly to get away from the gnats!

10 days ago

13 days ago

I did this hike today, but not as mapped out in this app, instead I started from the NCAR trailhead. There are a lot of things online, and a lot of signs along the trail, informing that Bear Peak Canyon is closed. And that's true, but only a small portion of it, near NCAR. This closure will not impede you from summiting Bear Peak. Follow this route, from the NCAR trailhead:

Walter Orr Roberts Trail -> Mesa Trail -> Fern Canyon Trail

I'm posting all of this because the situation is quite confusing... I called OSMP and they told me all trails were open. Even some hikers believe the closure caused Bear Peak to be unreachable. Neither true.

I pushed and ran every flat chance I got:
1:40 up
1:05 down

2:45 total hike, from my car back to my car.

Have fun! And watch out for the gnats at the very top...

15 days ago

Its a great hike with awesome views!

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16 days ago

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16 days ago

Saw a Bear on the trail on Friday!

17 days ago

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21 days ago

it is a tough hike but the views are more than worth it.

22 days ago

My favorite​ hike in Boulder