Nestled within Elk Meadow Park in Evergreen, Colorado, Bergen Peak trail is an enticing but grueling route for seasoned mountain bikers. With an 8-mile loop that promises a steep and technical uphill climb, coupled with a fast and thrilling descent, this trail isn't for the faint of heart.
To reach Bergen Peak trailhead:
For those interested in shuttling, the directions remain largely the same but require extra navigational diligence.
Prepare for a lung-busting experience as the trail kicks off with the Meadow View Trail before morphing into the Bergen Peak Trail. The climb is challenging—expect to walk your bike on a few sections. Many reviewers mention that the trail offers advanced technical climbing opportunities. While the uphill journey is mostly rideable, it's spotted with technical sections that will require dismounting and pushing the bike.
After the excruciating climb, the descent via Too Long trail is sheer bliss for adrenaline junkies. It features everything from fast stretches and technical rocks to water bars and steps. The trail allows for a good mix of speed and technique, with tight switchbacks adding to the thrill.
Bergen Peak is one of the more challenging trails in the Front Range, but the thrill it offers makes the effort worthwhile. Both the climb and descent will test your mettle, making for a rewarding ride if you're up for the challenge.Enjoy the ride, and remember—safety first!