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Bergan Peak

Average Rating:    (4.35 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Basically a couple of lower loops and then the hill climb to the (near) summit of the Peak. Climb either the southern or the northern end of the lower loop and begin the REAL climbing at the mid-point junction . Do about 27 switch backs
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Latitude
39.65328414777011
Longitude
-105.34910202026367
Trail Directions
Head west on I-70 out of Denver and at the El Rancho exit take the highway to Evergreen. Go through the mountain suburbs and past Aspen Park to the Elk Meadows parking lot at the base of the Bergan Peak trail system.
Trail Length
don't know, please send me odometer
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Aspen Park
   


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Review Date
June 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Blueallah ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Nice big climb with plenty of technical challenges.

Recommended Route:
No doubt, the best route is COUNTER clockwise. True, Too Long is a great decent, but it's also the best way up. The clockwise route is much less technical and easier (the calorie counter on my HRM consistenty shows a 10% difference). So, what are you on your bike for? the easy way or the best way? You decide, but on race day remember that I'm on this trail 2X a week and I'm taking the harder route! Seriously, both routes are great. Because I ride here so much, I mix it up to keep things fresh, but I definetly prefer it counter clock wise. Lots and lots of hikers here - please keep it under control.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jeffco Open Space parks.



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Review Date
July 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: TeleBear ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
wow -- just rode Bergen again last weekend (7.10.4). hadn't ridden it in years, as i had suffered greatly the last time. what a great challenge -- it just keeps going up and up and up. agree will all the other reviews: crowded, technical, challenging.

this ride will cause you to suffer if you're not at least a moderately strong rider. you will walk your bike a lot if you're not comfortable with linked technical uphill moves. the one guy who passed me on saturday said, "you need so *gasp* much touch *gasp* after so much *gasp* climbing. and he was a 22 yr old stud. no one rides this easy or clean.

best part for summer is it's a lot cooler up here, and a great mid-summer climb. other great aspect is pretty high quality surface. while it's quite rocky, there's very little loose rock or loose dirt. it's got more of a forest ride feel, with good dirt and even loam in places, but it's been a relatively wet early summer. anyone familiar with Front Range riding will be used to the waterba(stard)s.

definitely keep a heads-up, cautious, courteous and friendly attitude out there. i was hauling down right near the end, and after passing two women, there was a little kid right in the middle of the trail with no idea i was coming. i was really psyched for disc brakes. weekends are not the time for hauling ass here.

Recommended Route:
agree with clockwise reccomendation. too long is a great descent.



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Review Date
July 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Aaron , from Evergreen

Summary:
I'm lucky enough to live just across from Elk Meadows / Bergen Peak and so I ride this trail a lot. I'm sure I'm biased, but it is one of the best trails in the area. The climb is tough and I haven't known anyone to clean it in either direction. The decent is outstanding, but like all the front range rides, can be spoiled by too much traffic. It is usually a few degrees cooler and gets a little better shade than Apex and the like. And with the exception of weekends, it sees less traffic than the others. It also typically has better trail conditions --- none of that talcum powder dirt. And the views are awesome. If you ride it, please stay on trail and be curtious to other users.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise - Less traffic, more doable, much better decent. Counterclockwise for a change maybe.



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Review Date
May 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: beekay , from conifer

Summary:
favorite place to see how my skills and strength are coming along. usually done early in the season for some reason (ritualistic tourture?). just rode there sunday 5 may for inagural ride. trail is in good shape people are very very nice so be nice back and thank them for letting you climb past them!!!!!
as others say when in elk meadows, it is a gradual climb then at the split on the too long trail, the switchbacks keep coming. the steps here are as tough as everyone says. there is a good rock outcropping to catch your breath at before hitting the stairs (reccommend!). once on the stairs there is little chance to stop and start (aka hike a bike). when hitting the peak 1 mile trail, it starts out very technical (to mee anyway) and then evens out. 2 great views on on the right side of the trail 3/4 mile up and one at the end (most popular) great view of denver proper!
COUNTERCLOCKWISE: done it. longer uphill and the switchbacks are little fun on this side. people do it though. more for the advanced intermediate that is bored with the clockwise route looking to mix it up. imho the clockwise route has the better downhill.

Recommended Route:
clockwise then too long to painted paws (by the highway). 12 miles or so i think...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
falcon, MW whites



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Review Date
September 24, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chris , from Evergreen, CO

Summary:
Don't be fooled. I ride this trail regularly. It never seems to get any easier after each ride. I've ridden with other folks who can bomb up and down other trails around the Frontrange, and NO ONE has been able to ride up to the top without stopping. This is definitely one of the most demanding rides in the area. It leaves Deer Creek Canyon, White Ranch, Apex, and Dakota Ridge, some of the area's toughest rides, in the dust. Beginners and intermediates take heed: I'll bet a winning Powerball ticket that anyone who says they can ride this trail up to top without stopping is full of that wonderfully aromatic substance that shoots out of a horse's arse. Lots of rocks, loose dirt, gnarly roots, wheel-grabbing waterbars, and supertight switchbacks that'll allow only tiny clown bikes to turn in. Lots of hikers and dogs, but almost all will get off the trail to let you pass. DON'T FORGET TO SAY THANKS since, technically, bikers are supposed to yield to hikers. Overall, it's one massive, unending, leg-busting climb to the top and one massive unending, knuckle-busting bomb down to the bottom. Don't expect many mellow ups or downs along the way. The view at the summit cannot be beat tho'. I give it 4 wheelies since most riders will get bored of the lengthy climbs and drops fairly easily. Otherwise it's a grand ride for it's scenic views and great variety of technical challenges.

Recommended Route:
Either way, clockwise or counter up to the summit.



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