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Boulder, CO: Bear Peak via Shadow Canyon

Put your quads and endurance to the test on this 6.6-mile hike that features steep scrambles, boulder-strewn canyons, and dramatic views from Bear Peak.

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Etched into the Boulder skyline, the 8,454-foot Bear Peak beckons to be climbed. Although several routes lead to the summit, ditch the heavily-used Fern Canyon Trail for a quieter climb up Shadow Canyon. Start your hike along CO 93 and climb into the Flatirons over rocky terrain and seasonal springs. At the top of Shadow Canyon, turn right and wind along a ridgeline to the base of Bear Peak’s summit. A final scramble leads to the top where 360-degree views of Boulder, the Rocky Mountains, and the Front Range await.
Note: Depending on the season, crampons and snowshoes may be necessary, but it is not uncommon for hikers to complete this hike year round.
-Mapped by Tim Shisler

To Trailhead

From Table Mesa Dr. and Broadway St., head southeast on Broadway St./CO 93. In 2.5 miles, turn right at CO 170/Eldorado Springs Dr. Go 1.7 miles to trailhead parking area on the right.

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