I will be traveling to Steamboat in early October with a few friends and hope to do some hiking. I have hiked some during the summers, Zirkel Circle, Mica, Devil's Causeway, Heart Lake, but never in the fall. Crazy question. Are bears an issue in the fall? We had a mama bear and cub living in the tall grass near our house this summer, which was a new experience, so bears have been on my mind since.