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Bear Valley

 7 votes

Length

4.2 Miles 6.8 Kilometers


Elevation

282' 86 m

Ascent

-271' -83 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

372' 113 m

High

109' 33 m

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Bear Valley Trail is an extremely popular, multi-use trail providing easy access to the coast.

Megan W

Overview

Bikes are allowed on this trail from the Bear Valley visitor center trailhead to the junction with Glen trail.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

This family friendly trail gets very busy with a wide variety of other users (backpackers, bikers, equestrians, etc.) so if this will spoil your enjoyment, simply start out early in the morning or visit in the winter "off-season."

The Bear Valley Trail starts south from the parking lots as a wide dirt road. It parallels the burbling Bear Valley Creek where a wide variety of ferns happily make their home. Pass through attractive Douglas fir forest on the gentle incline to the trail's high point at Divide Meadow. This pleasant meadow has picnic tables and pit toilets.

Continue south on the Bear Valley Trail as it descends almost imperceptibly next to Coast Creek which flows to the sea. At the flat junction of Glen Trail, Baldy Trail and Bear Valley Trail, a bike rack marks the boundary beyond which further bike travel is not allowed. Proceed straight on Bear Valley Trail, first though lusher forest then sunny open fields and over coastal bluffs towards the ocean. Although the Bear Valley Trail technically ends at its junction with the Coast Trail - North, most users also tack on a visit unforgettable Arch Rock nearby.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas fir, tanoak, bay, alder, hazelnut, ferns, willow, buckeye, coffeeberry, honeysuckle, forget-me-nots. Snakes have been seen here, and deer.

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Feb 28, 2018
Tony B
Dec 25, 2017
Vivian Wong
Oct 22, 2017
Matt Cross
Jun 3, 2017
Hazel Wong
Flat, wide path that is well shaded and runs along a stream - great on hot days. Lots of people on the trail but doesn't feel over crowded. 10mi
Mar 28, 2017
Mike Maxwell
Feb 7, 2017
Luke Flud
A long journey 6mi
Aug 14, 2016
Lan Guo
Jul 25, 2016
Christopher Barnickel

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 7 votes

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#377

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#3,696

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