Bear Peak

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Distance 5.10 miles
Time 1 hr 58 min
Elevation Gain 3,791 feet

My hiking partner called in nauseous — 2 days ago. Plus, she had to work at the girl’s school this morning. So I asked JV if he would give me a tour of a new-for-me Boulder peak. He agreed. So after a long drive/commute down in foggy traffic, we met at the Cragmoor Trailhead. Another guy JV knows, Kevin, was there so he joined us.

Bear Peak

Bear was a pretty typical Boulder peak trail. Up, up, up. Stairs. Glad Kim didn’t come! The snow wasn’t too bad at all. Not much ice either. The snow only got deeper torwards the top in the steeper section near the summit. I wore my Yaxtrax and JV wondered if they would stay on the whole time. He had some bad experiences with them on others before. They usually do well for me — on the road. JV and Kevin made good time up as I dragged behind. Just out of sight some times. JV got up this trail 40-some times last year. This was my first. So the difference in lungs showed quickly. Oh well. And apparently Kevin is a road bike star — winning the race up Mt. Evans last year! But Sierra, JV’s wonder dog, stayed back with me. Sort of herding me forward the whole time. She barely uses the trail. She was off in the deep snow then would bolt back over to the trail and just go right up the switchbacks in the center. She was the clear winner of today’s outing. When I got home later, my dogs smelled my pants for 30 minutes as they laid on the laundry room floor as to say — who was this woman you were with?

Bear Peak

We got up to the summit and quickly turned back. I stopped for some photos. Why not? The fog that I drove through to get to the trail was low and it was cool to be up above it. You could see clouds for miles. Kind of like you were hiking way way up in the sky.

Bear Peak
Bear Peak
Bear Peak

I am up at the summit here and the guys are just down below before the short scramble to the top. See the red jacket.

Bear Peak

To the north, its a nice clean look at Green Mountain. It just a bit shorter.

Bear Peak

On the descent, we all stayed together nicely until my Yaxtrax got caught together — left to right. Like some prankster tied my shoes laces together. I went down smoothly and got them untangled. The springs had shifted off the rubber and came loose. Odd. Kevin showed me his technology and I am going to get some of those very shortly — done. Also noticed that I hadn’t restarted my GPS on the descent. Hate when I do that. Lost a bit of mileage there. I had my breath on the descent so got some good conversation in on the way. We hung out for a few and chatted about various things. However, Sierra wasn’t much for the small talk. She was ready to go again I think. My beagles have some work to do!

Bear Peak

Pretty much a straight line west and up.

You can clearly make out the ascent vs. descent in the pace. MotionBased has me confused on this trail. I did a version when it corrected the signal and it showed 2.10 with 1000 feet of elevation. I know both those numbers are wrong. So I turned corrections off and got these numbers.

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