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Bear Canyon Trail

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Length

4.8 Miles 7.8 Kilometers

71%

Runnable

Singletrack

Elevation

1,442' 440 m

Ascent

-1,499' -457 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

4,054' 1,236 m

High

2,638' 804 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 30 days ago
Dry: Good from Switzer to camp then fair to poor after that. Better after leaving canyon bottom to Mt. Lowe Fire Road. History

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A trail 4.8 miles long from Gabrielino Trail (NRT) to Tom Sloane Saddle.

John McKinney

Overview

The section of Gabrielino Trail (NRT) from the junction of Bear Canyon Trail south to the Junction with Ken Burton Trail is currently closed. Make sure you turn onto Bear Canyon Trail.
Features: River/Creek — Waterfall
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Bear Canyon Trail starts at the junction with Gabrielino Trail (NRT) and begins near Switzers Falls. Head down into the gorge and at the stream (about 0.4 miles) there is a little turn-off that leads upstream to the base of the falls. Continue down into the gorge.

After about 0.7 miles, the trail enters Bear Canyon and follows Bear Creek upstream, passing many nice pools as it crosses the creek. Bear Canyon Campground is about two miles along the trail; the camp has three campsites (non reservable) and there is seasonal stream water available. Shortly after the campground, the trail steepens slightly as it rises out of the canyon reaching Tom Sloane Saddle at about 3.5 miles where there is a junction with the Tom Sloan Trail. The Tom Sloan Trail drops down to Dawn Mine. The Bear Canyon Trail climbs another mile up the ridge and ends at the Mt. Lowe Fire Road.


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

Alder, oak, and spruce trees line the trail on the canyon floor.

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