Bear Peak via Shanahan Ridge

HARD 101 reviews

Bear Peak via Shanahan Ridge is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2621 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

This hike can be completed year round, though it can be covered in snow after a snowfall. Depending on the time of year, there are creeks and ponds for water.

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3 days ago

9 days ago

Definitely one of the hardest climbs I've ever made. Equally rewarding though!

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9 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

very challenging hike. Last 1/2 mile is very steep but awesome workout. Beautiful views at top! You can see very far west, possibly even Winter Park ski runs (I think).

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The hike up Fern Canyon is no joke but the views from the top are incredible. Make sure to hop over to South Boulder too! Definitely worth the easy additional mile.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

killer trail, and I mean that in the best way possible. good little scramble near the top, which had incredible views. only downside was the plethora of bugs at the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike! Strenuous, steep incline until the Fern Canyon overlook. From Fern Canyon up to the top of Bear Peak is a very strenuous climb, stair-stepping on rocks to the top. The view is completely worth it! Feels like you can see the whole state from up there. Come prepared with a hat, lots of water, and snacks. Best on cool, cloudy day.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great but strenuous hike up to one of the highest peaks right above the city of Boulder. Pretty tough incline that gets steeper as you get close to the top. Views from the summit are amazing!! Very buggy at the very top localized to one rock at the summit for whatever reason. Bring lots of water!

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3 months ago

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