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Southeast Slopes via Burning Bear Trail

 
Southeast Slopes via Burning Bear Trail

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Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.50330°N / 105.7811°W

Object Title: Southeast Slopes via Burning Bear Trail

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

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Created/Edited: Dec 29, 2011 / Dec 29, 2011

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Overview

 
Pushing toward the summit
Pushing toward the summit


This nice, mellow route makes for a pleasant winter outing. Roughly 2/3 of the trail follows a trail. The 1/3 of the route that is off-trail is relatively straight-forward, passing first through timber then through a lower clearing and finally reaching the krumholz, topping out in tundra. The views from the upper clearing to the summit are wide-open and fantastic.

Roundtrip Distance: 7 miles
Net Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
YDS Class: 2

Descending  Burning Bear Peak
Descending "Burning Bear Peak"
Powder in the Trees
Powder in the Trees

Getting There

 
East from upper slopes
East from upper slopes
 
East from opening
East from opening


From the Southeast via the Burning Bear Trail, western trailhead

From Hwy 285 about 4 miles southbound from Grant, head north on Park County Road #60 (FS #120) and drive 3 miles to a very small parking area on the right side of the road. This trailhead, reached via graded dirt road, is accessible to all vehicles. Parking, however, is limited.

Krumholz on upper reaches
Krumholz on upper reaches
Sastrugi and Krumholz
Sastrugi and Krumholz
Punching through sastrugi
Punching through sastrugi

Route Description

 
Route Map
East from opening


• From the small parking area, immediately ascend a switchback to top out on a ridge.
• Cross through an aspen-studded meadow before entering an the area where the walls of the Burning Bear Creek drainage tighten in on the trail.
• Roughly 1 mile from the trailhead, reach the confluence with Lamping Creek.
• Continue following Burning Bear Creek for a bit less than 1 mile, where the trail departs the creek to climb to a saddle. From the saddle, the summit is less than 1.5 miles away.
• Near the top of the saddle (elevation 10,700 ft.), depart the trail, trending west-northwest toward “Burning Bear Peak” through timber.
• Surmount a small hump, drop slightly, then begin the climb up the slopes of “Burning Bear Peak.” Climb first west, then trend northwest above treeline through tundra.
• The summit of “Burning Bear Peak” is marked by a large cairn. The views are fantastic.

Sastrugi descent
Sastrugi descent
The Evans Group
The Evans Group
South Park Below
South Park Below

Essential Gear

 
Constant views
Constant views
 
Moving through a clearing
Moving through a clearing


• Trails Illustrated #104: Idaho Springs | Georgetown | Loveland Pass
• Outerwear appropriate to the season
• Flotation (snowshoes or skis) in snow season

High country views
High country views

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