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Bear Peak via Shanahan Ridge is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 2,647 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

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Getting There

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.

Plenty of street parking.

From Hwy 93/Broadway in Boulder, go west at the light for Greenbriar Boulevard. There are a few trailheads tucked in the neighborhood.

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Reviews (636)
Photos (1289)
Recordings (575)
Completed (1211)
Kacey Lange
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HikingRockyScramble

Trail was great & challenging!

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Candra Pilas
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Hiking

One of my faves around the Boulder area. Fairly steep so I feel like there are usually less people. Great view looking over towns from Boulder to Denver and on. Connects to so many other trails too.

Zack Newman
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Hiking

Great! Steep and a little slick coming down. Take time to be sure about your footing. Well marked and a great approach to Bear Peak.

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Scott Trotter
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Hiking

Pretty easy trail for the first 1.7 miles. Then it climbs up about 1500 feet in elevation gain. The footing is good though. Amazing view at the top!

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Brooke Gunnell
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Hiking

Great hike! Most of the trail is shaded, which was nice but I'd still recommend going early in the morning when there are fewer people. It took me two hours to get to the top and an hour to get down. The trail is pretty steep and gets really rocky at the end but the views are stunning. Make sure you go all the way to the top (you have to climb some rocks to get to the little circle plaques marking the end) because the view is incredible at the top.

Toni L
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, especially if you like moss, ferns, and lichens. It’s a solid workout but the view from the top makes it all worth it. Weekday around 6am the trail is hardly populated, weekend I would just get out there early to avoid crowds!

Jeffrey Ten Grotenhuis
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Hiking

It's a hard hike alright. But it's worth it for the view. Most of it is shaded after you get through the initial part and you reach the base of the mountain. It gets steeper as you go. Overall great but just be ready to spend more than 3 hours.

Bryce Denton
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RunningRockyScramble

Such a great hike / trail run. Start early to avoid the people and enjoy stunning views of boulder and the surrounding ranges

Michael Ruddock
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Hiking

I was sweating like a banshee. super solid workout. views are great. took plenty of breaks which I'd recommend, especially towards the top

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Samantha Gutirrez
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Matt Folsom
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David DeSimone
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HikingRockyScramble
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Brian Wieliczka
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HikingRockyScramble
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Manjeet Inamdar
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Bridget Hogan
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HikingRockyScramble
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Owen Mitchell
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Matt Swoboda
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HikingRockyScramble

Beautiful views along the way and at the top. Not crowded for a holiday weekend... started at 1pm and East parking on Cragmoor. Shaded most of the way up; 600 feet gradual elevation gain in the first mile and it steepens from there. Hiking poles were helpful on the way up and a must on the way down. Going reasonably fast with only a break or two, made it up in 90 mins and back down in 60 mins.

Lauren Locher
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Hiking

Beautiful views! Really hot - not as many people as I would have expected being a holiday weekend.

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Danny Bleizeffer
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Lindsey Green
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HikingRockyScramble

I did this one yesterday, started at 6:30, it wasn’t crowded with plenty of street parking. Lots of shade on the way up, so minimal views until you get close to the top. The last mile feels never ending, but the trail is easy to follow. Busted my butt twice on the way down so be careful with the loose rocks :)

Liz Scohier
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HikingRockyScramble

This one kicked my butt!! Trails were fairly easy to follow. Mostly covered areas. All uphill and lots of climbing toward the end. Great view at the top. Tough on the knees going down!! Great work out.

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