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A short trail connecting to Sterling Mine Ditch Trail.


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1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

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 hike 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.

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BK Hope

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Photos

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
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

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