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C TurpenDate Climbed: May 16, 2005  Sucess!
My second mountain ever! Steep at the top but well worth the pain.
Posted May 16, 2005 1:46 pm

Brian KaletClimbed Many Times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2009

Brian Kalet

5/9/04: Mesa Trail Shadow Canyon-Ascent; Fern Canyon-Descent
5/13/09: East Ridge
7/2/09: From Green Mountain & South Boulder Peak
Posted Apr 15, 2005 7:36 pm

pksanderRoute Climbed: Green Bear Traverse Date Climbed: February 12, 2005  Sucess!


Great climb with Fabio (brenta) and Chris and Susan Gerber. A bit icy, but nice...
Posted Feb 12, 2005 10:05 pm

Luka ZnidarcicRoute Climbed: shadow canyon Date Climbed: Numerous times  Sucess!

Luka Znidarcic

I have climbed Bear probably 4 or 5 times. This is a fairly easy hike, with great views of the indian peaks as well as boulder.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 7:58 pm

CBakwinDate Climbed: July, 1975  Sucess!


Did this with a CMC group while I was in highschool
Posted Dec 1, 2004 3:44 pm

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: North Trail Date Climbed: Fall 1990, Winter 1991  Sucess!

Steve Larson

For the few months I lived in Boulder, I climbed this peak about once a week just for fun. I lived a few blocks from the trailhead at the end of Baseline. From there it's about a 5 mile R/T and maybe 3,000 elevation gain. Hot and dry in the summer, subzero in the worst parts of December/January. Beautiful under all circumstances. If you're ever in Boulder and have a few hours free, walk this trail. You won't regret it.
Posted Nov 11, 2004 2:59 am

belexesRoute Climbed: Shadow Canyon Date Climbed: September 27, 2004  Sucess!


The weather reports predicted rain, but it was a beautiful day, though there were some clouds building over the Indian Peaks to the west. I had heard that Bear was pretty tough for such a "low" peak, and I was not disappointed. Upon entering Shadow Canyon, the trail is relentlessly steep and rocky all the way to the pass. I shared the summit with a group of Mormon missionaries. There's not a whole lot of room on the summit. After climbing Bear, I headed on over to South Boulder Peak.
Posted Sep 27, 2004 6:03 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Shadow Canyon Date Climbed: August 3 2004  Sucess!


Should've left a little earlier. Left at 6:00 from Chataqua and climbed South Boulder and Bear Peak.
Posted Aug 4, 2004 12:12 am

kcmuleRoute Climbed: Up Shadow Canyon, Down Fern Canyon Date Climbed: May 24, 2004  Sucess!


Awesome training climb! A true workout at over 3000' elevation gain (with S Boulder Peak) over just a few steep miles. I got chased off the summit by lightning; I recommend respecting this mountain more than I did by getting an earlier start.
Posted May 24, 2004 9:06 pm

CharlesDRoute Climbed: Fern Canyon to West Ridge Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!


Having lived in Boulder for a month or so, I figured I was in shape and could make it up my local 'hill' without much trouble. I was wrong! 2500 vertical feet in under 2 miles is nothing to sneeze at. But the view from the summit was spectacular and I had the place entirely to myself. Descended via the West ridge under increasingly clouds.
Posted Mar 18, 2004 10:56 am

miztflipRoute Climbed: Shadow Canyon Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!


Did a trail run with a friend. Was suprised by the steepness in the canyon but very impressed with the views from the top.
Posted Mar 4, 2004 7:36 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Most routes over the years. Date Climbed: Various  Sucess!


This hike is a great way to spend an afternoon without having to drive an hour. Awesome views of town and the divide.
Posted Dec 8, 2003 2:40 pm

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: Shadow Canyon, Fern Canyon, West Ridge Date Climbed: Too many  Sucess!


I have probably been up Bear Peak some 50 times at all times of the year. Indeed when I knew no other mountians I motored up to Boulder to climb Bear 3 or more times a week. I have seen it on summer afternoons covered with ladybugs and on cold winter inversions when Boulder isn't at all visable. I have been up it with friends with family with dogs and solo.

-Jon Btradford
Posted Oct 27, 2003 3:57 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: All routes Date Climbed: 1998 to present  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Definitely a great training climb. The Shadow Canyon Trail will get the legs burning on a non-stop ascent.
Posted Oct 1, 2003 2:56 pm

CanopyBoyRoute Climbed: via Shadow Canyon Date Climbed: June 10, 2003
An excellent hike with a fun mild scramble near the top. A bad hike if you have a fear of mountain lions ripping your body to shreds, but at least its not an 12-hour torture-thon. Great views of Boulder and Denver, plus the Indian Peaks to the west.
Posted Aug 4, 2003 10:25 am

mpyleRoute Climbed: Fern Canyon Date Climbed: 26 May 2003  Sucess!


Seriously steep trail in spots...great workout. Descended the mellower Bear Canyon.
Posted Jun 19, 2003 9:30 am

jrfRoute Climbed: Mesa TH -> Shadow Canyon -> Fern Canyon -> Mesa TH Date Climbed: May 25, 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful day yesterday. Climbed both South Boulder Peak and Bear Peak starting from the Mesa TH, up Shadow Canyon, down Fern Canyon, and back. Made for a very long but great day.
Posted May 27, 2003 12:01 pm

chef007Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: 23 may 2003  Sucess!


Dont be fooled by the nice trail this starst out to be. otherwise a nice climb. great veiw from the top.
Posted May 24, 2003 8:45 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: From Eldorado Springs; Shadow Canyon Date Climbed: April 22, 2003  Sucess!
Nice hike, a good warm up for the higher mountains. Lots of mud on the lower part of the trail. I saw two other people the entire day.
Posted May 18, 2003 9:54 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: Shadow Canyon Date Climbed: multiple  Sucess!


I've been up this peak multiple times. It's a great day hike, usually there are few people the higher one goes, and the view is wonderful from the top. It's really nice seeing the lights below on the way up (or down) on summer evenings.

12 January, '16: 2nd of my traverse of S. Boulder Peak, Bear, & Green Mtn. Summited at 15.27. Wonderful views. Only one on the mountain :)
Posted Mar 24, 2003 6:16 pm

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