Features: River/Creek — Waterfall
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.
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Alder, oak, and spruce trees line the trail on the canyon floor.