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Bear Peak West Ridge

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1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,242' 378 m
Descent: -15' -5 m
High: 8,446' 2,574 m
Low: 7,214' 2,199 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 52% (28°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A steep and technical trail that heads up the western ridge of Bear Peak.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Description

Find the lower terminus of this trail at a junction in Bear Canyon with the Bear Canyon Trail and the Green Bear Trail.

Bear Peak West Ridge is a slightly less steep, slightly less technical approach to Bear Peak than the Fern Canyon trail. That said, this trail is still very steep and technical as it climbs about 1,200 feet in under two miles.

Initially, the grade is fairly manageable and the trail is very easy to follow. Toward the final 1/3rd of the ascent to Bear Peak on this trail, you'll enter into the burn zone from the 2012 wildfires. At this point the grade steepens, switchbacks become much tighter and the terrain becomes generally much more technical.

Eventually, you'll pop out into a talus field just below the summit of Bear Peak. From here it's essentially a rock scramble to the well-defined summit.

Flora & Fauna

This trail travels almost exclusively through ponderosa pine forest. Mule deer, rabbits and black bears are all common in this area. Towards the higher reaches of this trail's elevation, it enters a distinct burn zone followed by a mountain-top scree field.

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Oct 13, 2016
Brandy Coffey
Jul 1, 2013
Wanderinfree Chrislip

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Photos

Bear Peak panorama
Jun 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO
The Continental Divide from Bear Peak in Boulder, CO
Aug 17, 2019 near Boulder, CO
Looking south
Jul 7, 2015 near Boulder, CO
A singletrack trail heads up to Bear Peak from the West Ridge.
Jun 18, 2017 near Boulder, CO
From West Ridge trail, Bear Peak (8,461') kinda taunts you as you stare at it looming ahead. the final 600'+ push is worth the effort, though.
Apr 28, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Looking west from Bear Peak
Jan 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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