i've climbed this both from shadow canyon and bear canyon descending fern canyon. very nice hikes.
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.
Nice after work special.
Great summit and a steep hike close to town. Used this as a training hike, so the cool summit was a bonus.
My second mountain ever! Steep at the top but well worth the pain.
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
Great climb with Fabio (brenta) and Chris and Susan Gerber. A bit icy, but nice...
Did this with a CMC group while I was in highschool
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.
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.
Should've left a little earlier. Left at 6:00 from Chataqua and climbed South Boulder and Bear Peak.
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.
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.
Did a trail run with a friend. Was suprised by the steepness in the canyon but very impressed with the views from the top.
This hike is a great way to spend an afternoon without having to drive an hour. Awesome views of town and the divide.
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.
Definitely a great training climb. The Shadow Canyon Trail will get the legs burning on a non-stop ascent.
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.
Seriously steep trail in spots...great workout. Descended the mellower Bear Canyon.