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.

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17 days 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.

21 days 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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22 days ago

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23 days ago

If I could give it 4.5, I would. The trail is beautiful. Be prepared to scramble over large rocks for the last mile and a half or so.

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23 days ago

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26 days ago

Good hike, but medium to high traffic depending on the day. The summit is hand of foot, so beware if you have a untrained dog. Also very slick in winter due to the steep trail I would recommend yak tracks and poles.

29 days ago

Didn’t make it to the top as it’s too foggy today but still lovely will do again when the view will be visible

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Pretty rough, really steep, but totally worth it. If you take Mesa Trail to Fern Trail, it will take you up to Bear Peak, approx 3/4hrs round trip. If you stay to the right at the crossroads and take Bear Canyon Trail it will take you all the way around, and it's much longer, I'd guess double in length. In my opinion climbing the peak on the back side is more difficult, it's a steeper climb up - on jagged rocks, and it's completely exposed to the sun. Aside from that It's a pretty moderate and beautiful hike through the woods prior to the summit climb. But as you should with any adventure, be prepared with the essentials, right shoes, snacks/lunch, and lots of friggen water - either direction you go!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

I did this trail with a friend and my dog on Labor Day. We started from NCAR and my watch recorded over 10 miles, without the summit. The trail goes through an area that burned a few years ago; be sure to bring extra water and if you bring a dog, I would recommend booties for dog feet snce the trail gets very rough and hot. Although it is a difficult trail, it is one that will be done again.

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1 month ago

hiked from ncar to bear peak via fern canyon came down the shadow canyon route going up bear peak via shadow canyon would have been much more challenging over all hike was okay I would rate it moderate for most clocked approx 10 miles, bring plenty of water

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike with incredible views. My Fitbit had the mileage at 10 miles (starting from NCAR). It is definitely worth the climb!