Bergen Peak Trail at Elk Meadow Open Space Parkby Mary Norton
DifficultyModerate Plus (elevation gain approx. 1730 ft.)
Trail Length9.4 miles roundtrip: Meadow View Trail to Bergen Peak Trail and Bergen Peak
In the beautiful town mountain town of Evergreen lies Bergen Peak Trail at Elk Meadow Open Space Park. This is a popular hike spot for locals as well as vacationers. The trail offers easy access by car, ample parking and a variety of well-maintained trails. The trail that we enjoy with our family (Meadow View Trail connecting with Bergen Peak Trail) slowly ambles up the side of Bergen mountain above the expansive Elk Meadow that you will get glimpses of as you go.
Bergen Peak Trail, shaded by huge Ponderosa Pines, offers views of the town below, Denver in the distance, Aspen tree stands, cool and lush ground coverage and the towering Bergen Peak. The climb is long and uphill with switchbacks taking you to the top of Bergen Peak – a hike well worth the effort. The top offers great views.
Some history about the area: Elk Meadow was a ranching area for cattle since the 1870’s and purchased by Jefferson County beginning in the 1970’s. Grab a map at the trailhead to take with you.
Picnic spot recommendations:
After hiking for about 35 minutes from Meadow View Trail and then onto Bergen Peak trail, and just off the side of the trail looking south, there are some beautiful views of the foothills – we like to picnic here. If you would prefer, there are also picnic tables near the parking area. Restrooms available at trailhead.
DirectionsClick Map Below. For this hike, park at Elk Meadow Park trailhead located on Stagecoach Blvd. (not the lot on Lewis Ridge Rd).
AttractionsBeau Jo's Pizza is always a hit with our kids after a hike. They offer indoor and outdoor seating. It is located in downtown Evergreen (take Hwy74 a couple of miles to the JCT of Hwy 73 and Hwy 74). The restaurant is on the right side of main street. There is also a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream shop on Main Street.
About Mary Norton, Contributor of this Hike
Mary grew up hiking in Colorado, so she knows all the best places to go! With a family of 6 children and no lack of enthusiasm for the outdoors, Mary is well qualified to give you tips and hike spots that will challenge you as well as delight your whole family. Whether you have kids, dogs, or are just looking to enjoy nature by yourself, Mary will show you where to go to find what you are looking for.Check out my Google+ page