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.
Bergen Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Ah, the joys of climbing. What a great view from the top of Bergen Peak. What a pain to get there. The long steady climbing on this trail is easy; the trail is smooth and wide, with just a few rocks in the trail. The biggest obstacle to the top are the many tight switchbacks and steps. This crowded trail is used not just by bikers, but by many a pedestrian. I recommend this trail during weekdays to lessen the conflicts. Terrain: Smooth hardpack with occasional rocks, waterbars, steps and tight switchbacks."
--Tom Barnhart, Front Range Single Tracks (Fat Tire Press).
"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."
--Bob D Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones , Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Robert Hurst, Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"After a beautiful forest walk, you are rewarded with a fine view of the Mount Evans massif. Trail: All the way."
--Dave Muller, Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"Great singletrack, excellent uphill, and fast and fun downhill make this one of the better rides in the Denver area. Tread: 0.6 miles on doubletrack and 10.7 miles on singletrack."
--Bob D'Antonio, Mountain Biking Denver & Boulder (Falcon Guides).
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