Bear Canyon Trail 12W08
ElevationAscent: 2,241' 683 m
Descent: -366' -112 m
High: 4,890' 1,491 m
Low: 2,656' 810 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A trail 4.8 miles long from Gabrielino Trail (NRT) to Tom Sloane Saddle.”— John McKinney
Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
After about 0.7 miles, the trail enters Bear Canyon and follows Bear Creek upstream under a shaded canopy of bay, alder, oak and maple trees. There are many stream crossings that can be difficult after heavy rains. Bear Canyon Trail Camp is about two miles along the trail; the camp has three campsites (non reservable) and there is seasonal stream water available.
The trail continues upstream from the campground and becomes rough and hard to find in a few places. After another mile, the trail climbs out of the canyon near a small stone building reaching Tom Sloane Saddle at about 3.5 miles where there is a junction with the Dawn Mine Trail 12W13, the Tom Sloan Trail #12W22 and a well-used path to Brown Mountain. This trail makes a hard left turn and climbs steeply another mile up the mostly shadeless ridge ending at the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50.
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.
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Local Club: Bear Canyon Trail Crew
Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office