My brother and I hike this one pretty frequently. It's very short--I think the sign says an hour and a half, but if we're really booking it we can get it down to 30 minutes. So it's a good one for a morning hike when we have to be at work in the afternoon or something like that. Very convenient.
There's an uphill walk which gets you good and warmed up, then there's a nice stretch of good rock scramble, which is super fun, then a short and easy hike back. All in all, less than two miles, but the rock scramble still keeps it challenging.
Our first Bearfence hike was in early March, and the rock scramble was covered with ice and pretty dangerous...I wouldn't recommend that unless you've done rock scrambles before and are looking for a challenge. However, when the rocks are dry, it's a bit more tame. Easy enough that most children could probably handle it, but I wouldn't recommend bringing the very young ones. You be the judge of your kids' fitness level.
Anyway, I'd recommend this one for sure. Lots of fun, a good challenge and workout, and you don't have to commit to hours of hiking to get some gorgeous views.
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