Bear Peak Climber's Log

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crzyjt - Oct 9, 2005 12:29 pm

Route Climbed: mesa trail/shadow canyon Date Climbed: June ?, 2005  Sucess!

i've climbed this both from shadow canyon and bear canyon descending fern canyon. very nice hikes.

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Aug 29, 2005 7:32 pm

Route Climbed: Bear Canyon Date Climbed: August 29, 2005  Sucess!

Today was a beautiful day for a hike. I took the Bear Canyon / West Ridge both up and down. This route was slightly longer (in miles) than I expected for an afternoon hike. It took me an hour and thirty-two minutes to summit from NCAR.


doumall - Jul 13, 2005 3:37 pm

Route Climbed: fern canyon, shadow canyon Date Climbed: countless  Sucess!

Nice after work special.

umbra alta

umbra alta - Jun 21, 2005 2:22 pm

Route Climbed: MesaTrail to Fern Canyon and NE ridge Date Climbed: January 2005  Sucess!

Great summit and a steep hike close to town. Used this as a training hike, so the cool summit was a bonus.


ktimm - May 17, 2005 4:04 pm

Route Climbed: Fern Canyon /Bear Canyon loop Date Climbed: 5/15/05  Sucess!

Great day

C Turpen - May 16, 2005 1:46 pm

Date Climbed: May 16, 2005  Sucess!

My second mountain ever! Steep at the top but well worth the pain.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Apr 15, 2005 7:36 pm Date Climbed: May 13, 2009

Climbed Many Times  Sucess!

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


pksander - Feb 12, 2005 10:05 pm

Route 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...


CBakwin - Dec 1, 2004 3:44 pm

Date Climbed: July, 1975  Sucess!

Did this with a CMC group while I was in highschool

Steve Larson

Steve Larson - Nov 11, 2004 2:59 am

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

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.


belexes - Sep 27, 2004 6:03 pm

Route 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.


bdewoody - Aug 4, 2004 12:12 am

Route 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.


kcmule - May 24, 2004 9:06 pm

Route 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.


CharlesD - Mar 18, 2004 10:56 am

Route 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.


miztflip - Mar 4, 2004 7:36 pm

Route 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.


Chris - Dec 8, 2003 2:40 pm

Route 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.


JonBradford - Oct 27, 2003 3:57 pm

Route 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

Jim Clarke

Jim Clarke - Oct 1, 2003 2:56 pm

Route Climbed: All routes Date Climbed: 1998 to present  Sucess!

Definitely a great training climb. The Shadow Canyon Trail will get the legs burning on a non-stop ascent.

CanopyBoy - Aug 4, 2003 10:25 am

Route 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.


mpyle - Jun 19, 2003 9:30 am

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

Seriously steep trail in spots...great workout. Descended the mellower Bear Canyon.

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