Bergen Peak Trail

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Elk Meadow Park

Bergen Peak Trail is a 16.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.6 km Elevation Gain: 679 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Lewis Ridge Trailhead: From I-70, exit onto Highway 74 (Exit 252), drive south 2.25 miles to Lewis Ridge Road, turning right into the parking lot. Stagecoach Trailhead: From Highway 74, turn west on Stagecoach Boulevard and proceed 1.25 miles to the north parking lot.

hiking
3 days ago

Really great trail! Many different routes but this one is approx 10 miles. Starts easy and gradually gets tougher, especially the last mile while is mostly switchbacks going up to the peak. Lots of hikers and bikers, parking lot was full at 7:45 am on a Sunday but great hiking options here. Phenomenal views, good mix of open meadows and shaded forest and trail was in immaculate condition.

hiking
4 days ago

If you like lots of switchbacks and getting off the trail every 10 minutes to let bikers go past, this is the trail for you! Trail itself is pretty nice but it’s way over trafficked. I started at 6:30am on a Sunday and it wasn’t too busy but it picked up fast. The summit was packed at 9:30a. You can hear traffic from the road the majority of the hike so it is definitely not a mountain getaway. Views at the summit are only so-so. Might be decent if there weren’t so many people on it.

hiking
7 days ago

This was my first hike out of the season! Got to the trail at 7am & there was already 2 cars there! It was still a bit chilly so make sure to bring a jacket. Trail was a lot busier when we got to the bottom around 12!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked on Friday 5/22/20, the lot had a few open spaces and two sections of road near lot were full of cars parked illegally. about 50% people wearing masks. This trail is the first time I've seen a trail etiquette sign which one group of bikers and two small groups of hikers honored but no one else. The All Trails map is different than the Jeffco map at trail head. I've added a photo for your review. The trail is long, especially with the switchbacks. The views really start ~.5 and 2 miles into Bergen Peak Trail, otherwise a lot of the trail is in the forest. I saw a raptor, many chipmunks and ground squirrels, butterflies, a hummingbird. The last 1 mile of the trail to summit is the most challenging. The summit views are stunning, need to stand on rocks to get clear views over trees.

hiking
12 days ago

Went up this morning, got there around 7:20am and the parking lot was already half-full. It wasn't too busy on the way up, but coming back down there was quite a lot of people. Especially once I was back onto the meadow trails, there was a lot of people and families. It's tough to keep 6 feet away on a lot of the trail so bring your mask if you are concerned. Otherwise a great view, I enjoyed it!

17 days ago

good views and easy to navigate, awesome view at top, tons of switchback though

17 days ago

Great hike,but very busy. Only 15% of people, maybe 20%, were wearing masks or any face coverings, and it is very hard to socially distance given the number of people. We were one of earlier sets of people on the trail and it was packed on our way down.

running
17 days ago

This was a great trail run! We went clockwise up to the peak. Trail was well marked, well maintained, slightly rocky in places. Not too many bikers this morning. 90% of people were wearing masks and everyone was politely socially distancing. Would do this one again.

hiking
18 days ago

Arrived at 7am on Sun, 5/17 and the lot was 1/2 to 2/3 full by then. Trail is in great shape and on the way up it was pretty sparse with almost all people wearing masks. Far more trail runners than hikers and a few mountain bikers. Got up in 2.5 hours and started down at about 10am. At this point the crowds had arrived. Lots more bikers and far fewer hikers in masks, but everyone was being very polite about distancing and sharing the trail. By the time we got back to our car at noon the lot was packed, people were stalking spots and the road leading in and out was quite full with people parked on the side. This is a great, long and not overly difficult spring hike, but bottom line: if you want a less crowded trail, get there at 7am or earlier on the weekend.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful! Lots of switchbacks but lots of shade. We started at the Lewis Ridge trailhead. We were planning on doing the out and back, but did the loop so we could walk by the meadow. We got here at 7:30 and finished 10.3 miles by noon. Not a ton of great vistas but beautiful none the less. Great hike!

hiking
23 days ago

This hike was great! The elevation isn't a joke but it's a good hike that is a bit longer while still being manageable. Only a little bit of snow at the top but it was mostly cleared off the trail. Overall this trail and open space park were very well maintained.

hiking
24 days ago

Review for 5/9/2020: Fantastic hike that we enjoyed more than we originally anticipated. Dry paths, semi-rocky but not too invasive, and mostly wooded providing ample shade. The hike is not too cumbersome - rarely are you hiking upward for extended periods. About 50-50 with people wearing masks vs. not but plenty of room to step aside to let people pass safely and at a distance. We took Too Long/Meadow Trail view on the way day and enjoyed that part the most!

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail! Got to the lot at 7:30 with a few cars, but did not see too many hikers going up. Most people were wearing masks. Took 4 hours total with a few stops. The lot was completely full by 11:30

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. Good long trail, great views. We arrived at the parking lot around 7:45am. Took us about 2.5 hours to reach the top and 2 hours back down. A little snow and ice towards the top but doable in hiking boots. About 50/50 the amount of people wearing masks and those who weren’t. Most people were good at keeping plenty of space between themselves and others while passing. Overall, great hike and great workout!

hiking
1 month ago

Super foggy today, so I can’t say much about the views. However, the trail itself was fantastic. The perfect distance and incline if you’re looking for a solid workout. Start early - I started around 6:30am and there were already a couple other cars in the lot. By the time I returned around noon, the lot was full. Everyone was pretty good about wearing masks in passing. Definitely recommend!

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snow
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Definitely an incline. Closer to the top it was snowy and icy, spikes would’ve helped but was manageable with my hiking boots. The hike was definitely worth the views!

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icy
1 month ago

Amazing view of mt Evans!!

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1 month ago

Great hike today 4/22. Started at 12pm and finished around 4. Boots are fine. Lots of snow towards the top. Easy trail to follow. A couple of good inclines but nothing too difficult. Great intermediate hike that has the distance and incline. Views at the top were well worth it

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snow
1 month ago

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snow
1 month ago

Great little hike. The mileage seems off. I'm a fairly fast hiker but I did this in a little under 3 hours, so it feels like it was shorter. Anyhoo, trail was mostly packed snow and ice with some softer stuff up towards the summit. Snowshoes unnecessary, but poles and microspikes were really helpful. Started at 7:15am and only saw a few people on the way up and down. Lovely views. A little muddy on the way down but to be expected for spring conditions.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail. Very little ice except for about a half mile stretch towards the top, before the grand reveal. I opted to not employ spikes and instead incorporated a handful of power slides. Awesome views at the end! I’d recommend not peeking through some of the outcrops along the way and just wait to behold at the end, so worth it. Challenging but certainly not a grueling pace. PSA: Wear your mask! lots of folks without.

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1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

4/1/20 Hiked with spikes from Stagecoach trailhead. We wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much without spikes or been able to go as quickly as we did. Snow pack most of the way with patches of ice and softening snow. Great day with clear skies. Beautiful view of some 14ers at the top.

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2 months ago

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