Go see Mallory Cave, then take the trail to the ridge above.
Because of the recent snows and temperature please have traction control devices. Also bring some water.
Mallory Cave (0.5 mi; 740 ft.) starts at the junction of Mesa Trail and NCAR Trail. The trail climbs to a large rock outcrop, goes around its southern face and up behind it to the north. Then climbs and scrambles up a solid rock notch to end at Mallory Cave.
Bear Canyon (1.7 mi; 940 ft.) starts at the Mesa Trail about 0.7 mi. south of the NCAR and Mesa Trails junction. Follows Bear Creek west to end at the junction of the Green Bear and the Bear Peak West Ridge Trails.
Trail Map is attached
Hike is approx. 4 miles round trip with an easy trail around NCAR to a moderate strenuous trail to Mallory Cave. A slight climb will bring you Mallory Cave. After that we will head up to the ridge for great views. A rough estimate is 3.5 hours.