Bear Peak via Shanahan Ridge

HARD 112 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
2513 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.

2 days ago

Great Hike, Windy at the top, steep at times.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

trail running
15 days ago

Great way to elevate your heart rate! Upper Bear Peak is as normal, eroded, loose, steep, lots of opportunities to crash on way down. All ice on this trail is now melted until the next snow storm, no need for Kahtoola Microspikes, or Yaktrax.

hiking
29 days ago

You need crampons/yaktrax to complete the full hike at this point. Far to icy for simple hiking shoes, don't be fooled by warm temps either, shady trails can keep ice for a long period of time, and it gets packed in by hikers over time.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is definitely a challenging hike, but the view from the peak is amazing. FYI, if you’re afraid of heights, the end of this hike can be a little sketchy. But if you’re ok with jagged peaks, then sitting at the top on a sunny Fall day is incredible.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months 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).

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago