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...
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.
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.
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.
Dont be fooled by the nice trail this starst out to be. otherwise a nice climb. great veiw from the top.
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.