Bear Peak via NCAR

HARD 30 reviews
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Bear Peak via NCAR is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2706 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
12 days ago

Great steep hike. It’s gnat a day to forget bug spray! The summit is infested with clouds of gnats. Luckily they weren’t biting, but it was no environment for a peaceful summit snack to take in the views. We hiked down a bit to snack while looking at the majestic Rockies.

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18 days ago

Fantastic hike - very strenuous, concur this should be rated "hard." AllTrails app + GPS worked perfectly but note that from NCAR, you follow Mesa Trail to Fern Canyon Trail up to Bear Peak (I never saw a sign for Bear Peak). Fern Canyon is where this starts getting difficult and then it's a haul all the way to the top. Top is windy and dicey with somewhat slick boulders but the view is 360 and amazing.

22 days ago

If you want a strenuous workout, this is the hike! This really should be rated as HARD. There are good portions that are as steep as the manitou incline. Beautiful views, shady trees, and if you take the back loop back to the trailhead, you’ll have a really nice gradual descent with a few more added miles. A must-do but not for the faint of heart.

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5 months ago

Trail was relatively clean, but had patches of snow/ice. Have to scramble on rock ledges to reach summit. Great views.

5 months ago

This hike is no joke. The elevation gain is intense. Having hiking poles did help. The scrambling and bouldering at the top had me a bit scared. The views at the top are amazing. As hard or harder than some 14ers I’ve done.

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6 months ago

Being new to the area, I try and take advantage of every warm and sunny day possible! We started the hike around 11am and did not end up leaving the mountain until about 9pm.. Not because we got lost but because the weather was nearly perfect! Seriously, T-shirt weather at 8pm at night really makes for an interesting experience up on the mountain.. I will definitely be revisiting this hike in the future!! Extremely rewarding hike!!

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recorded bear peak via fern canyon

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Thursday, October 08, 2015