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Bear Gulch Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

A short trail connecting to Sterling Mine Ditch Trail.


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1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

84%

Runnable

2,739' 835 m

High

2,284' 696 m

Low

455' 139 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Wildflowers

This trail is generally open year-round. On rare occasions, snow or ice can make the gravel access road (Little Appelgate Road) hard to drive. In the summer, this trail can be a pretty hot run unless done early or late in the day.

Description

This short trail connects a trailhead (limited parking, no amenities) on Little Applegate Road with the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. The trail climbs gently up Bear Gulch for 0.6 miles before making a sharp turn to the west and climbing easily or another 0.6 miles to its end at a junction with the ditch trail. Between February and May in wet years, there may actually be a small stream running in Bear Gulch. This trail can be combined with the Tunnel Ridge Trail or the Little Applegate Trailhead to make loop hikes of varying lengths.

Flora & Fauna

Watch for ticks between late spring and mid-summer and poison oak all year-round. Wildflower displays are wonderful between April and June.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bruce Hope

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A small seasonal waterfall in Bear Gulch
Apr 3, 2019 near Talent, OR
Halfway up the Bear Gulch trail
Mar 20, 2019 near Talent, OR
Climbing through oaks near the end of the Bear Gulch Trail
Apr 3, 2019 near Talent, OR
Starting up the Bear Gulch Trail
Apr 3, 2019 near Talent, OR

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