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Bear Canyon to Sitton Peak

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Trail

9.7 mile 15.6 kilometer loop
86% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,883' 574 m
Descent: -1,884' -574 m
High: 3,223' 982 m
Low: 1,977' 603 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 52% (28°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

A nice 9.8 mile run up to Sitton Peak and back.

John McKinney

Features Spring · Views

There may be fire restrictions in effect.

Overview

A mostly moderate run with a rather steep section on the final push to Sitton Peak.

Need to Know

The parking area is across the the street from the trailhead, and across from the Ortega Oaks store.

Description

From the trailhead for Bear Canyon Trail head south and immediately begin ascending the hillside. In a little less than 1 mile there is a junction with Morgan Trail. Continue straight on Bear Canyon Trail and to the next junction at 2 miles. Take a right to stay on Bear Canyon Trail (also known as Verdugo Truck Trail). The trail passes Pigeon Springs on the left; there is a horse trough and might make a nice rest stop.

At the 3 mile mark you reach Four Corners, which is actually a junction of 5 trails (fire roads). Turn right here to take Sitton Peak trail and climb to about 4.3 miles; here take another right to head up a very steep slope to the summit of Sitton Peak. On clear days there are excellent views of Modjeska and Santiago Peak, Mt. San Gorgonia, Mt. San Jacinto, and of course the Pacific Ocean.

This is a great place to "Sitt-on" for a break!

After enjoying the views, head back the way you came. At Four Corners take a wide left (not sharp left) to head onto Bear Ridge Trail which overlooks Bear Canyon. Follow this north to the junction with Bear Canyon Trail, Stay straight onto Bear Canyon Trail and head back to the trailhead.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

Flora & Fauna

Oaks and other trees, brush and scrub land and grassy meadows.
Likely lizards, snakes, rabbits, and maybe even some deer.

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Amazing views in every direction!
Oct 14, 2018 near Coto De…, CA
Sitton Peak sign
Mar 29, 2018 near Coto De…, CA
Taking in the view on the peak
Mar 29, 2018 near Coto De…, CA

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