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Bear Peak via the Shadow Canyon Trail

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Boulder Open Space

Bear Peak via Homestead and Shadow Canyon Trail is a 8.1 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, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 2,890 ft Route type Out & Back

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Hiking

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Rocky

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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. There is a $5 fee for parking.

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Reviews (866)
Photos (1586)
Recordings (505)
Completed (2917)
Paul Angel
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. We started from table Mesa. It took us 6 hours and it was 10 miles. Beautiful views. Totally worth it!

Vim Barry
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HikingGreat!

Physically challenging but great views at the top of South Boulder Peak. Had the peak to ourselves for about 30 minutes around 10 am and then headed back down. Accidentally took the Homestead Trail instead of staying on the Mesa Trail on the way up which added an extra 1.1 miles. Took us 6.5 hours round trip with this detour.

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Lauren Butterfield
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Hiking

Great hike! Took us around 5 hours. The parking lot started getting full around 6:00 a.m. and it costs $5 to park here so plan accordingly.

Krista Reynolds
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail! It took us about 5 hours total. We are from MN so it was no joke! But, totally worth the view at the top! The last few miles are the hardest but doable at a good pace.

Allison Qualls
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HikingGreat!Rocky

The first 2.5 miles is on a wide gravel trail and then it switched to a very steep rocky hike for about a mile. I thought it got easier as you got closer to the summit with a few scrambles. It took me about 3 hrs and 45 minutes but I was also running down some because I got a late start and was racing the sun. I did run across a nude guy on the trail when I was headed back down. Stay safe and happy hiking!

Sarah Stevelinck
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HikingRocky

This was a great workout! The last 1-2 miles were very steep. The 360 view at summit was gorgeous. The first half of the hike is on a wide dirt trail. The trails has lots of shade. I would recommend and bring lots of water. (completed on July 9, 2020)

Josh Schmitz
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HikingRockyScramble

Trail starts out with a nice and steady climb and really cranks up the elevation gain the last 1.3 miles. Went from a gravel path to a nice rock climb to the top. Went with some more amateur hikers and also some more seasoned and everyone enjoyed it. Trail was about 60% shaded so it wasn’t to bad even at noon on a 90° day.

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Carter Long
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Tom Hagerty
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Hiking

This trail is not easy if you are in your early 70s, as we are. It took us 3 hours each way. There’s a section in the middle of the trail where there is a 1000 foot elevation gain in 1 mile. Once you reach the saddle, it’s an easy hike to the top of the peak. If you are older, hiking poles are a must. Wear hiking boots, not running shoes. You will need the good soles. Stunning views from the top.

Vikram pathrojuthri
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Hiking

Awesome trail. It's tough to get to the top cliff, once you are up there you will forget every thing. view is mesmerizing and loved the breeze I did not want to come back. But sad had to. Try it you will love it

Chloe Lai
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Someone mentioned it felt like 10,000 steps to get to the top and he was absolutely right. Got there at 10am Tues morning & lot was full. Didn’t see a lot of people up there though. Half of the trail was not shaded, def bring extra water & sunscreen.

Rebecca MacVaugh
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Hiking

Great trail and great workout! Not easy but an early start helped. Bring an outer layer for the top as it’s a bit windy!

Brian Lamb
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Lydia MacKenzie
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Hiking

Left my black fitbit watch by the river if anyone found it I’d be happy to pay you!! My number is +1 (603) 7033225. Lydia

Sergey Sologub
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Hiking

I have been using this trail quite regularly for getting ready for my 14ers hikes. Wonder how long it takes for other ppl to hike it - my best time was just shy of 4 hours.

Keo H.
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HikingRocky
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Sadie McLish
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Hiking

The hike was super tough for the last 1.5 miles but the views were completely worth it!! It gets pretty technical to reach the peak, but the challenge was immediately forgotten when we reached the top with 360 views.

Maren Rule
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Hiking

SO PRETTY, definitely took some work, and was around 9 miles by the end but we’ll worth it.

Brandon Dueling
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Liliana Myers
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Hiking

Great hike. Definitely challenging. Wildflowers are beautiful right now. Make sure to bring water it it’s very exposed. Parking lot was full at 11am.

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Thomas McCURDY
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Hiking

Magnificent trail. Shadow Canyon is never ending, but SO worth it when you get to the ridge between Bear Peak and South Boulder Peak. Stay to the right when you have a choice of trails from that point on. Be very careful near the peak. The rocks jut upwards and it's tricky. I'll be back to take on South Boulder Peak!

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