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Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop

Central Front Range, Colorado

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Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop

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  • Start of the Elk Meadow Loop.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Big meadows await you on this ride.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Don't forget to warn hikers of your approach.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Elk Meadow Loop.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Mica dots the trail.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Rocks on the upper portion of trail.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Bergen Peak section of the trail.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Kinnikinnick lines the trail.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Big views from the top of the loop.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Speed carries you over the terrain here.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • A quick descent.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • Descending from the summit.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • A few friends on the trail.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • The end of the loop.- Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  • - Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy riding in meadows. Beautiful views. Challenging climb up Bergen Peak. Close to Denver.
Cons: 
Can be busy on the weekends.
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Region:
Central Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,911.00 ft (582.47 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
8.21 mi (13.21 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,567.00 ft (2,306.42 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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A favorite ride in the Evergreen area, the Elk Meadow and Bergen Peak Loop has a little something for everyone. From the ride through the expansive meadows at the base of the mountain to the grueling uphill climb to the peak, it's no wonder this is a popular destination in the Front Range.

The first part of the ride begins with the lovely tour through the Elk Meadow before the ascent uphill. These paths are well-traveled by both people and elk, so keep an eye out early or late in the day and you might see a herd grazing near the trail.

After you finish your gentle climb through the meadows you'll start the ascent uphill on the West Bergen Peak Trail. Take time to enjoy the smell of vanilla and butterscotch from the forest of densely packed ponderosa pine before you come screaming down the east side of the park in a blaze of speed and smiles.

 

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