Who wants to play hooky on Friday? I sure do!
Time: 10:45 a.m. in the parking lot at NCAR. We will be hiking by 11:00 am SHARP.
My cell# [masked]
Distance: Approximately 8 Miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately[masked] Feet (Every published description says something a little bit different)
Hike Description: This is an INTERMEDIATE+ hike. There has been talk lately of getting in shape for 14er season, and this hike will get you started! There is approximately[masked] feet of elevation gain over about 3 1/2 miles with some very steep sections at times. Bear Peak is one of the highest peaks in Boulder, and there are great views along the way.
What to Bring:
Lunch and/or snacks
Gloves and Hat
Good hiking boots. Waterproof preferably.
Some kind of ice traction device, e.g. Yaktrax or spikes, is recommended as there will likely still be snow in places. You will not need snowshoes. - maybe
Hand and toe warmers - optional
Poles - Optional
Gaiters - Optional
Apres Hike: tbd
Location: NCAR, between Eldorado Springs and Chautauqua Park
Bear Peak is the most prominent peak along the foothills of Boulder City. This hike begins at the top of Table Mesa Drive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Beginning at the Walter Orr Roberts trail at NCAR, the Bear Peak trail heads up the Dakota Trail to its junction with the Mesa Trail. After a short hike south along the Mesa Trail you will meet the Bear Canyon cut-off, which heads west up Bear Canyon. This section of the hike meanders back and forth across a creek, between large sandstone slabs, and up though grassy meadows. Small groves of aspens quake with the breeze along the way and small wildflowers dot the open meadows. Higher up the trail intersects the trail leading south from Green Mountain. At this point the Bear trail heads along the west ridge of Bear Peak, delivering views of the Indian Peaks and Walker Ranch to the west and the eastern plains down Bear Canyon. The last portion up to Bear Peak becomes quite steep, but the views are worth the effort. At the peak you are rewarded with 360 degree views of the region. The route down the east face descends the Fern Canyon trail and is short, but steep.