Sunset over Boulder Lake with Green and Bear Mountains
Green Mountain and Bear Mountain are two popular hiking destinations located in Boulder, Colorado. Both mountains offer stunning views of the surrounding area and are popular with hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers.
Green Mountain is located in the western foothills of Boulder and has an elevation of 8,148 feet (2,484 meters). It is known for its challenging trails, including the Green Mountain West Ridge Trail, which is a steep climb to the summit. From the top, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of Boulder, the Flatirons, and the Rocky Mountains. Fun fact: Green Mountain is part of the Boulder Mountain Parks system, which was established in 1898 and is one of the oldest park systems in the United States.
Bear Mountain is located just north of Green Mountain and has an elevation of 8,461 feet (2,579 meters). It is known for its unique rock formations and is a popular destination for rock climbers. The summit offers stunning views of the surrounding area, including the Continental Divide and the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Fun fact: Bear Mountain is home to several rare plant species, including the Bear Mountain penstemon and the Bear Mountain milkvetch.
Both Green Mountain and Bear Mountain offer visitors a chance to explore the natural beauty of Boulder and the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll, these mountains have something to offer for everyone.