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Bear Valley

 3.0 (2)

3.2 Miles 5.2 Kilometers


Singletrack

257' 78 m

Ascent

-164' -50 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

365' 111 m

High

110' 33 m

Low

Shared By Megan W

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Bear Valley Trail is an extremely popular, multi-use trail.

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Bikes are allowed on this trail from the Bear Valley visitor center trailhead to the junction with Glen trail.

Description

This family-friendly trail gets very busy with a wide variety of users (backpackers, hikers, 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 of 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. Rack your bike and proceed on foot straight on Bear Valley Trail, first through more lush forest, 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.

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Short climb and descent to a coastal trailhead. Very pleasant bike and hike, but very crowded even in the winter. Would not do again unless im in the area or looking for a very short relaxing ride. No need for any suspension; would be a nice trail for a cyclocross bike. Nov 12, 2017

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