Bear Peak Trail

HARD 278 reviews
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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.

hiking
2 days ago

3 days ago

This was definitely a very difficult hike, but so amazing!!! probably the funnest hike I have done, alot of steep rocks, pretty much strait up at different parts. I would definitely suggest this for people who are in decent shape, but pack lots of water and snacks, you will get depleted quick.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Did this trail in 7/15 and it was a lot of fun. Towards the top it gets a little tough, We had to take several breaks just in the last mile to the top. The way down was MUCH more steep than the way up! Amazing views and surroundings the entire way up and down. Highly recommended, but the hard tag is well earned.

hiking
15 days ago

My son and I did this yesterday and it was beyond amazing. Definitely difficult towards the top but so worth it! Take plenty of water and pictures!

hiking
16 days ago

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17 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

I hiked this trail yesterday. An important thing to know is you need $5.00 in cash if you don't live in Boulder County. You have to pay to park and there is no change or use of a credit card. It was a pretty hike with lots of wild raspberries near the top.

23 days ago

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23 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Wow. That's about all I can say. My boyfriend and I (crazily) did this as our first hike in Colorado at high elevation. We are hikers from the Great Smoky Mountain region where the highest peak is much lower than any in this area. The hike is incredibly difficult and steep, with some parts of the trail being difficult to follow from the South Mesa Trailhead. However, the view from the very top (after some brief scrambling up some) is absolutely incredible with a 360° of the Rockies and numerous cities. I definitely would highly recommend trekking poles for the hike down, as it can be quite daunting on the knees.

29 days ago

Very intense hike but with views that are gorgeous and a full 360 degrees. Make sure your keep hiking/climbing once you've reached the top. We saw many people thought they reach the top and hike back down when in reality there was a bit of trail left that's almost hidden. When you climb some intense rocks and find yourself at the highest point, you've made it!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Took the route from NCAR up Fern Canyon (6 mile up & back w/ 2700 foot climb). Harder than expected but worth it. Last half mile is toughest due to loose rock and sand plus incline. Scramble at the top is fun but not for those with a fear of heights.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

This trail is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

A nice blend of rocky and crushed stone trails. Difficult to navigate the various forks in the trails, but there are maps at each of those intersections.