Bergen Peak Trail

Elk Meadow Open Space Park, Colorado

Distance3.4mi
Elevation Gain1,948ft
Trailhead Elevation8,025ft
Top9,678ft
Elevation Min/Max8025/9678ft
Elevation Start/End8025/8025ft

Bergen Peak Trail

Bergen Peak Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clear Creek County and Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Elk Meadow Open Space Park and CDW Bergen Peak Wildlife Area. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 8,025 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,948 feet. Bergen Peak (elevation 9,701 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Too Long Trail and Meadow View Trail.

Bergen Peak Trail Professional Guides

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Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"On this beautiful hike up to the summit of Bergen Peak (9,708 feet), you can expect to see wildlife, wildflowers along the trail, and excellent views from on top. This is an excellent hike and a must-do." Read more
Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides)
Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones
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"This hard run takes you up near the summit of Bergen Peak, and it also provides a solid test of your fitness as it has some climbing and some downhill, as well as some rolling terrain. From the trailhead follow the Sleepy S Trail west as it heads through the meadow before turning to the south. At 0.5 mile, the Elk Ridge Trail joins the Sleepy S Trail—take note, as you will be coming down the Elk Ridge Trail at the end of the loop." Read more
Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"This ride starts with a rocky, 2,000-foot climb to the summit of Bergen Peak. In just 12 miles you’ll climb and descend one of the toughest hills near the Front Range and ride most of the trail mileage offered at scenic Elk Meadow Open Space. There’s an ongoing debate among local riders: Which Front Range off-road climb is the toughest? Which one hurts the most? Okay, maybe “debate” is too strong a word. Some dudes bring it up once in a while, and people talk about it. In my opinion, Bergen Peak is indeed the most difficult climb on the Front Range, edging out Mount Falcon and Chimney Gulch. White Ranch and Deer Creek are also worth mentioning, but not really in the same league. I’m certainly not alone in this opinion, although the Mount Falcon delegation is sizable as well. Bergen has some shade that is sorely lacking over on Mount Falcon, but it’s a longer climb and more challenging technically." Read more

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7/17/2018
Depending on your fitness level and acclimation to the elevation, this is probably a moderate to difficult hike. The trail also connects to Elk Meadow, so a loop hike is also possible. It's a steady haul to the top, but a a super fun workout, with gorgeous mountain views. I would suggest definitely getting here early because there is some exposure on the trail and it can get very hot.
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6/1/2013
This is a good trail with an excellent view when you reach Bergen Peak. There are a fair number of mountain bikers on this trail, but the hike is still enjoyable.
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8/14/2010
Excellent day hike with great views at the summit. Can get a bit challenging in places and it definitely takes longer than the guide indicates since it is about 9.8mi total.
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8/7/2010
Have gone here several times to utilize the off-leash dog area across the road then a little on-leash hiking. Have not made it to Bergen Peak, but there are several trails that one can take in this area and it's a nice wooded area for hiking around if you aren't too worried about getting to a location. The off-leash area across the street has a fenced area and then a unfenced area which is also very nice to walk around in with varied terrain and stream at the bottom of the hill if you just want an area to hike a bit with the dog off-leash. There can be a lot of traffic with hikers, bikers, and dogs.
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6/12/2009
Nice trail. I live across the street so I do this hike 2-4 times a week depending on time. Avoid summer weekends if you enjoy hiking without interruption as this is also a popular mountain bike trail with lots of traffic on the weekend.
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7/19/2008
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9/15/2007
One of the more crowded trails I have been on. Great scenery and not too difficult for beginning hikers. Lots of people with a nice sized parking area at the trailhead. The road from I-70/Georgetown Exit to TH is narrow but not too rough in dry conditions
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9/3/2007
A very pleasant hike--It was not too strenuous. The view from the peak was worth the walk. A great trail for dogs.
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Trail Information

Elk Meadow Open Space Park
Nearby City
Elk Meadow Open Space Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use

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Jefferson County Open Space
Local Contacts
Jefferson County Open Space/Elk Meadow Open Space Park map
USGS Squaw Pass, Evergreen
USGS: Evergreen
Local Maps

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Dec 2018