Great, sunny weather but damn...super icy.
Slipped and Fell over from Bear Peak. Literally...forgot my spikes, so I was slipping and sliding the whole way. lol.
Ran over after peak peak
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!")
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
I climbed Bear Peak via the Fern Canyon Trail, then continued to South Boulder Peak.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
Have climbed up to South Boulder and Bear numerous times from both Fern and Shadow Canyon. Great training hike.
Nice winter loop, started and ended at South Mesa Trailhead.
With fresh snow
A blocky bouldery summit just off the path. A blasting wind the day we finally traversed over.
Great views in all directions, clear day. Hiked Bear Peak afterwards.
I have been up this and Bear peak several times, they are always good early season leg work outs.