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KieferIcy!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2016


Great, sunny weather but damn...super icy.
Posted Nov 14, 2017 1:04 am

alexwatsonForgot my spikes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2017
Slipped and Fell over from Bear Peak. Literally...forgot my spikes, so I was slipping and sliding the whole way. lol.
Posted Mar 1, 2017 5:36 pm

xDoogiexWith bear peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2016


Ran over after peak peak
Posted May 21, 2016 4:46 pm

Diggler(Boulder) Tri-tip Challenge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2016


This summit somehow managed to elude me during my (numerous) years at CU. Finally got 'er done. First of 3 summits that day, starting (& ending) at Chautauqua. After making good time until the Mesa-Shadow Canyon junction, followed by a more-work-than-I'd-remembered grunt to the saddle, got to utilize recent trail-breaking efforts of the generous guys ahead of me to the summit. Summited at 14.45. Amazing views of the Front Range! Favorite quote of the day (same guys): "That dude's crazy for wearing just shorts & a T-shirt up here!")
Posted Jan 14, 2016 8:16 pm

WalkoutnowFirst of three  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2015


Flew in for a quick weekend excursion with my friend Lynn - car dropped at Gregory Canyon, then taxied to south mesa trail head. We did a 3 peak traverse with Bear Peak and Green Mountain. 11.5 miles and a beautiful day. Off to the Pearl street district in Boulder for some cold beers that night. Fun trip
Posted Oct 23, 2015 8:06 pm

hightineraryCombo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2015


I climbed Bear Peak via the Fern Canyon Trail, then continued to South Boulder Peak.
Posted Jul 14, 2015 5:18 pm

RockyMountainAddict707I CHALLENGE YOU (19-mile day hike)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014


I've climbed South Boulder Peak three times, but my latest time was August of 2014. It was part of an epic 19-mile hike, the longest hike I've ever done (so far). I made a figure-8 loop starting from the Crescent Meadows trailhead along the Walker Ranch trail west of Boulder. I descended east down crescent meadows trail (section of Walker Ranch) to the footbridge over South Boulder Creek at the bottom. Next, I climbed the Eldorado Canyon Trail for about a mile, then went cross country northwest up the slopes and summited South Boulder Peak from the west side. I then descended the Shadow Canyon trail, but instead of going to the mesa trailhead east of Eldo Springs, I took a little-known, unmarked trail that cut straight south down a valley to the hotel-pool area in Eldo. Then I walked through Eldo State Park (important to refill your water there) and took the Eldorado Canyon Trail back to the Walker Ranch trail, and completed the Walker Ranch Loop going counter-clockwise. PHEW!!!!!

Let me tell you though, that hike pretty much toured the most beautiful places that the Boulder foothills have to offer. If you are in great shape like I was last summer, and want to do the best long day hike near Boulder, feel free to repeat my hike. I CHALLENGE YOU. Beware, there's over 6000 feet of combined elevation gain, and you should be comfortable scrambling class 3-4 rock just for the small section below South Boulder Peak. Also, it's important to start at Crescent Meadows trailhead because that puts your water fill-up spot in Eldo Canyon at the halfway mark.
Posted May 5, 2015 12:35 am

belexesShadow Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2015


CMC hike. This was my second time on South Boulder. It was sunny and warm, breezy at the saddle and summit. There is still some snow above the saddle. Microspikes would have been useful. We took it pretty slow going up the canyon, there were some slower hikers. Plenty of hikers and walkers enjoying the park, it was a good day.
Posted Mar 29, 2015 4:18 pm

locke456Boulder Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014


Was in Denver for Labor Day weekend and had hoped to climb Mount Evans. Weather didn't cooperate, so I ended up climbing South Boulder Peak and Bear Peak instead. Perhaps expectedly, the thunderheads descended out of the big mountains when I was just leaving the summit of Bear Peak, and I had a bit of a jog to get down into Shadow Canyon before the storm hit.

Posted Sep 21, 2014 3:51 pm

awhite28South Boulder  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2004


From Boulder
Posted Jul 19, 2014 9:15 pm

LDuszerGreat morning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2014


I climbed this in the morning before going to work. Left my car at the South Mesa TH at 6:20, was on the summit at 8:15, then back down to my car at 9:15. Another runner was coming down from Upper Bluestem and said he had seen a mountain lion there. Fortunately I was headed in the other direction...
Posted Jun 19, 2014 1:00 am

BradBartickGreat workout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2014


Great views
Posted May 4, 2014 6:54 pm

nickkarlShadow Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2014


Fun hike up the canyon to the summit. Neat geology all around. http://www.coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2014/03/south-boulder-peak-and-bear-peak.html
Posted Mar 4, 2014 6:35 pm

PeakbugFrequent Visitor


Have climbed up to South Boulder and Bear numerous times from both Fern and Shadow Canyon. Great training hike.
Posted Jul 7, 2013 5:04 pm

smudgefun stuff  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2013


Great views!
Posted Jun 16, 2013 10:25 pm

DerekFreedBear-S. Boulder-Green Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2010


Nice winter loop, started and ended at South Mesa Trailhead.
Posted Mar 30, 2012 6:19 pm

Kristin5berryGreat solo hike   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2012


With fresh snow
Posted Jan 14, 2012 10:37 pm

Ted EliasonNot as nice as Bear Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2009

Ted Eliason

A blocky bouldery summit just off the path. A blasting wind the day we finally traversed over.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 5:46 pm

redsplashman23S. Boulder and Bear  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2011


Great views in all directions, clear day. Hiked Bear Peak afterwards.
Posted Sep 25, 2011 8:13 pm

metalmountainGood work out!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2011


I have been up this and Bear peak several times, they are always good early season leg work outs.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 6:50 pm

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