Bergen Peak is a 9,702ft. mountain within Elk Meadow Park, located in Evergreen, CO and Jefferson County. Picturesque meadow views, aspen groves, and stunning vistas of nearby Mount Evans and surrounding peaks make the 8.7 mile out-and-back ascent to Bergen Peak extremely popular. And, the park is only about 30 minutes from Denver, making this a great day hike or trail running location.
There are multiple routes within Elk Meadow Park’s trail system that visitors can use to reach Bergen Peak. However, we favor the Meadow View Trail to the Bergen Peak Trail for its straightforward approach beginning at the Stagecoach Trailhead and ascending about 1,850ft. to the summit. While the Meadow View Trail is fairly modest and rated as “Least Difficult,” the Bergen Peak Trail is rated as “Most Difficult” due to steeper terrain via switchbacks. In sum, the hike to Bergen Peak is a great training outing in the spring, but is just as fun in the summer and fall (particular for aspen viewing). Happy hiking!
Hike Review Series: Bergen Peak via Meadow View Trail
Mount Evans (14,271ft.), Mount Warren (13,293ft.), Rogers Peak (13,323ft.), and other surrounding mountains are visible around the summit area. After soaking in the views, descend the Bergen Peak Trail the way you ascended. After about 3.4 miles of descent, reach the junction of the Meadow View Trail.
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For a well-rounded and more interpretive Colorado wilderness experience, we recommend picking up a few naturalist guides. An easy to use field guide for plants and birds will help identify species and further add to the enjoyment of your time outdoors. These will especially come in handy if you intend to explore other Jefferson County open spaces, Colorado state parks, and National Parks located within the region. Also, check out “Evergreen” for some of the area’s history.
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