Green Bear

Boulder County, Colorado

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Green Bear is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 7,626 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 614 feet. Near the end of the trail are information guideposts.
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Green Bear is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 7,626 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 614 feet. Near the end of the trail are information guideposts. This trail connects with the following: Green Mountain West Ridge, Bear Peak West Ridge and Bear Canyon.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Boulder County
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 614 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,626 feet
Top Elevation: 7,626 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Green Bear
Elevation Min/Max: 7207/7626 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7626/7626 ft
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This easy route up a Boulder landmark offers a fantastic panorama of over 100 miles of the Continental Divide. There are several “Green Mountains” in Colorado. This one, overlooking Boulder from the west, is a local landmark and a popular hike. The route described here is the easiest of several ways to the top and it is a good route to take up kids or visitors from out of town. Despite the modest effort, the fantastic panoramic view from the summit takes in over 100 miles of the Continental Divide, from Longs Peak in the north, through the Indian Peaks section, to Grays and Torreys Peaks to the south.

The first part of the hike is an effortless stroll through open stands of ponderosa pine. But your breathing rate will go up as the trail steepens considerably over the final 0.25 mile of switchbacks. Unleashed dogs, under voice and sight control, are allowed on the West Ridge Trail. There is a day use fee for non-Boulder County residents for trailheads in Gregory Canyon and along the Flagstaff Road. The fee can be paid at six self-serve stations situated along the Flagstaff Road. However, you can avoid the fee by parking beyond the park boundary, 25 yards south of the trailhead sign on the right (west) side of the road.

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This short but steep trail is good training for those aspiring to climb higher mountains. For others, the view of Boulder and the eastern plains beyond is worth the e?ort. Plus there’s a great view of the Indian Peaks and Rocky Mountain National Park peaks to the west and north.

The rumble and whistles of trains traveling above Eldorado Canyon to the south waft through the air. The trail traverses through the Western Mountain Parks Habitat Conservation Area, which requires on-trail travel unless you obtain an o?-trail permit. Staying on-trail helps protect and preserve sensitive or rare plants and animals.

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May 2018