Photos of Bear Peak West Ridge via NCAR and Mesa Trails

Distance: 9.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,847 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


bird watching




wild flowers



23 days ago

fab trail!!! huge parking lot at the trailhead, didn't see bathrooms, tho. FYI, parts of this trail are closed due to construction. Also, for the first mile or so, all i heard were big drills and construction things. not the most solitude experience. the signs said construction should end in december, so yay. since bear canyon trail was closed, i took fern canyon trail to the summit, which was steep and adventurous! i loved it! it cut the trail down to maybe 7 miles, but it was such hard work! that last bit of trail after nebel horn was so intense. there was quite a bit of rock scramble. at the end, when getting closer to the summit, it felt like i was at a rock climbing gym. not as steep as a rock wall, but i had to use my hands, arms, and legs, and i had to be extremely careful. it's a great view at the top! and one of the rocks looks like bacon! anyway, be careful going down, someone in front of me fell on his butt, but luckily he was ok.

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