Bear Peak

Boulder, Colorado 80305

Bear Peak

Bear Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a strenuous but great hike up to the summit of Bear Peak (8,461 feet), one of Boulder’s most visible landmarks. The Bear Peak Trail follows Bear Creek up beautiful Bear Canyon, then makes a steep ascent up the Bear Peak West Ridge Trail to the summit. Expect beautiful vistas and blooming wildflowers during the summer months.

From the parking area, access the Walter Orr-Roberts Weather Trail on the west side of NCAR. Follow this informative trail for a short 0.2 mile to a kiosk and a sign pointing to the Mesa Trail. Drop a short distance, then climb steeply to a water tower.

From the water tower follow signs for the Mesa Trail, staying left at all trail junctions. At the 1.2-mile mark you arrive at the junction of the Mesa Trail and Bear Creek. Go left up the steep, wide road to a junction with Mesa Trail and the Bear Canyon Trail on the right."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Loop Hikes Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Steve Johnson & David Weinstein
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"Colorado’s Front Range, extending nearly the entire distance between the state’s borders north and south, offers a wonderful prelude to the rugged peaks of the higher mountains farther west. Arid slopes, hogback ridges, deep canyons, and areas of dense forest provide an ideal setting for great hiking, like this route in the hills near Boulder. Our hike begins in the midst of this striking range, at the southern reaches of Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Perched atop Table Mesa in the shadow of the Flatirons, NCAR is a renowned think tank researching complex happenings such as climate change, atmospheric composition, and weather formation and forecasting." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"The city of Boulder has set the pace for open-space preservation among Colorado’s Front Range communities. Some 43, 000 acres of prime foothills acreage have been set aside and many miles of hiking trails and numerous trailhead facilities have been established. One of the more interesting, and most challenging, of these hiking routes climbs through the South Boulder foothills to the top of Bear Peak. At 8461 feet, Bear Peak misses out at being the tallest in the area by a few feet. It does, however, provide one of the most comprehensive views of the Boulder area below and the plains beyond." Read more
Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"This is a strenuous but great hike up to the summit of Bear Peak (8,461 feet), one of Boulder’s most visible landmarks. The Bear Peak Trail follows Bear Creek up beautiful Bear Canyon, then makes a steep ascent up the Bear Peak West Ridge Trail to the summit. Expect beautiful vistas and blooming wildflowers during the summer months. From the parking area, access the Walter Orr-Roberts Weather Trail on the west side of NCAR. Follow this informative trail for a short 0.2 mile to a kiosk and a sign pointing to the Mesa Trail. Drop a short distance, then climb steeply to a water tower. From the water tower follow signs for the Mesa Trail, staying left at all trail junctions. At the 1.2-mile mark you arrive at the junction of the Mesa Trail and Bear Creek. Go left up the steep, wide road to a junction with Mesa Trail and the Bear Canyon Trail on the right." Read more

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Trail Information

Boulder
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.4
Distance
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
City of Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space; (303)441-3440; www.bouldercolorado.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Eldorado Springs CO
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Dec 2018