Bear Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,642' 1,110 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 8,236' 2,510 m
Low: 4,599' 1,402 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“A steep and rewarding run that passes through groves of sequoias to a mountain viewpoint.”— Mario Zamora
Right from the start, the climb is steep (15+ degrees). The trail is well kept, but there are branches and obstacles along the way including fallen trees that you'll navigate over or around. You may lose sight of a clear trail along the way, but a clear path is never more than 20 feet away or out of view. As you reach mile two, you'll begin to see the Giant Sequoias scattered, and become more frequent after you see the Forest Service signs indicating that a Giant Sequoia grove is ahead.
There is a viewpoint and a place to rest at about 3.5 miles. Looking north, you can see across the canyon, Cedar Slope and in the distance, Jordan Lookout. The Bear Creek Trail continues on for another 3.5 miles to intersect with the Summit Trail. There are some more steeps, but the last few miles follow a fairly mellow grade. Either continue on, or soak in a final view and retrace your way back to the parking area.
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Land Manager: USFS - Sequoia National Forest Office