DISTANCE
14.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,625 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
2 months ago

Closer to 14 miles and 5,000 feet of total elevation gain (according to Strava). Really enjoyed this hike though, I just didn't bring nearly enough food or water, and there is very limited sun cover on the more difficult parts of the route (Bear Peak's west ridge and South Boulder Peak). The descent down shadow canyon and subsequent death-march on the Mesa trail back to Chautauqua Park were very painful. It took me almost 8 hours exactly to complete the hike round-trip. Be prepared for this one. Wouldn't do it again but I'm glad I did it.