Bear Peak

  • Bear Peak
  • 2579 m
  • Primary factor 86 m
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Location: TBD
  • Climbed in 1983, 1997, 2000, 2002


How to get there: The most convenient starting point is perhaps the parking area at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) at the west end of Table Mesa Road (Intersecting Broadway a bit south of Baseline)
Route description: There are several trails. I prefer the trail that heads up Bear Canyon, then gently turns left and ascends the west ridge connecting to the peak itself. The return hike can be taken more directly down Fern Canyon for a nice loop. One can also climb this peak from the south via Shaddow Canyon.
Comments: This peak has a very nice view of Boulder. It is also the nicest peak that sits right up from the flat city of Boulder. I have hiked it at least 5 times. With Steve McCormick, solo, with Max Dryja, family trip, and with Arnt Flatmo.
The highest local peak is South Bear Peak. There does not seem to be any trail connecting to it and somehow I never hiked the short distance across.