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blueBlack Bear Peak West Ridge

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1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
73% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,242' 378 m
Descent: -15' -5 m
High: 8,446' 2,574 m
Low: 7,214' 2,199 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 52% (28°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A steep and technical trail that heads up the western ridge of Bear Peak.

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Description

Find the lower terminus of this trail at a junction in Bear Canyon with the Bear Canyon Trail and the Green Bear Trail.

Bear Peak West Ridge is a slightly less steep, slightly less technical approach to Bear Peak than the Fern Canyon trail. That said, this trail is still very steep and technical as it climbs about 1,200 feet in under two miles.

Initially, the grade is fairly manageable and the trail is very easy to follow. Toward the final 1/3rd of the ascent to Bear Peak on this trail, you'll enter into the burn zone from the 2012 wildfires. At this point the grade steepens, switchbacks become much tighter and the terrain becomes generally much more technical.

Eventually, you'll pop out into a talus field just below the summit of Bear Peak. From here it's essentially a rock scramble to the well-defined summit.

Flora & Fauna

This trail travels almost exclusively through ponderosa pine forest. Mule deer, rabbits and black bears are all common in this area. Towards the higher reaches of this trail's elevation, it enters a distinct burn zone followed by a mountain-top scree field.

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Apr 20, 2019
Jenna Nicol
Bear Peak descent. West Ridge to Bear Canyon to Mesa to NCAR. 5.1mi — 1h 14m
Nov 21, 2018
Kaylee M
1.8mi
Apr 9, 2016
JonathanC
NCAR to Bear Canyon to Bear Peak West ridge, stopped at final shoulder 9.2mi — 1h 35m
Aug 8, 2015
Gus Delaporte
From Green Bear Trail

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