It's been awhile since I hiked into this area. I have done it from the top twice and several times from Seven Oaks just to the meeting of Bear Creek and Siberia Creek. The latter trail had some slide areas and was a bit dangerous. The former from Snow Valley area is steep, exposed and brushy. My friend and I were deterred for some time climbing out, trying to figure out how to get past a rattlesnake hidden under a bush that sat right above the trail at head height. Be careful. I have also camped at the nicely improved site where Siberia Creek and Bear Creek meet. We did have a bear encounter there. Take lots of water, especially during the summer, 3-4 liters at least. The individual who posted about fishing was right about the size of fish, but this is strictly single barbless hook catch and release. He was fishing illegally. It's a sport, not a carnival.
Trail is pretty overgrown at times, I definitely recommend pants. My hike was SO BUGGY, gnats and biting flies almost the whole 6.5 miles. Those are the only downfalls.
Trail was empty, saw a lone hiker on their way down while we headed up but otherwise not a soul.
Creek was pretty and flowing nice enough, but the bugs were worst at the bottom.
Hike back up is no joke. Recommend avoiding it at high sun. I drank 3 liters of water on this hike and wished I had more.
this hike had absolutely gorgeous views Vistas and valleys along the way and there were tons of wildflowers on the trail which made it smell wonderful. this Trail is rated as hard and definitely was but we were able to make it all the way down the mountain and backup with a four and six year old. so don't complain too much if you decide to take this hike and get tired :-). reaching the creek at the bottom and jumping in the nice cold water with my six year old daughter made the rough Journey worth it. the only negative we took back with us was a nasty little tick that was trying to eat my four year old. I'm not the only one who has picked up ticks along this Trail. another hiker left the review about coming home with ticks on her dog. would definitely recommend this hike although would recommend checking yourself for ticks periodically throughout the day. also be prepared to walk through some really thick brush and unmaintained parts of the trail
Did this hike 4 days ago and it really is a beautiful trail but I brought my two dogs along and found several ticks on them today. They are huskies so it was hard to find all the ticks, but there were several on each dog and unfortunately both dogs had to be put on antibiotics because there was are red ring around the bite marks which indicate infection. The trail was overgrown with bushes so there must have been lots of ticks when we went. This is the first time I've ever even seen a tick on either of my dogs and I have done a lot of hiking in the area so just be extra careful on this trail if you have pets. My vet up in big bear had not seen an infectious reaction from a tick bite and has never had to prescribe antibiotics for tick bites in the big bear area so it's rare but maybe because the trail is overgrown there is a very high risk for infectious tick bites. Other than that disaster, the trail was a good challenge, especially going back up, and the creeks were flowing great! there were many beautiful views and we didn't see a single person going up or down. I wouldn't camp here now that I know there are ticks everywhere lol
Christopher A. on Siberia Creek Trail
Started at 1:00 p.m., hiked down to the creek and back up. Took about 3 hours total for 6 miles. Trail was in good shape. Gnats and flies were annoying; would recommend wearing repellant. The views were great but I kept my eyes on the trail as it is quite narrow in places. Hiking poles were helpful.
Note-the trailhead sign confused me a bit, as it said "Camp Creek Trail IW09." The dirt road to the parking area is quite uneven and unsuitable for low clearance vehicles.
Stephen F. on Siberia Creek Trail
Great Time with my Sons 17 & 12, hiked down on Saturday afternoon. Set up camp, had a camp fire and explored the area. Camp ground is not maintained, but there are some stone fire rings at various locations. Water was a little cold for swimming but felt good to soak in. Went up and down the creek fishing and caught a couple of small trout. The hike back up is no joke, 2200 in 2.5 miles, I was thinking about the reviewer below puking on the way up. I will upload the track when I figure it out. GPS says the ascent is 16.2 % average grade, parts are over 40%. I was packing in 58lbs, lesson learned. We will do this trial again.
Went down with my brother and a friend. Left in the late afternoon and arrived at the Siberia Creek Campgrounds with plenty of time to set up camp and enjoy the evening. This campground is no longer maintained by the forest rangers, but serves as a good place to rest. Its easy to find just keep your eye out for small stacks of rocks, should keep you on the right path. Woke up early the next morning and fished the creeks. There are plenty of fish to catch. I used salmon eggs, but I probably could have used my shoe as bait, they were biting everything. Hiking back up the mountain was a tough one and it took us about 2.5 hours. Be sure to pack plenty of water or a nice filter. The trail somewhat overgrown at times, but totally manageable. I'll be back again to catch those tasty brownies.
Eli D. on Siberia Creek Trail
Beautiful scenery and worth the drive and hike. Its better to hike early so you won't get the heat. Enjoy and have fun
I hiked this trail with two friends on November 24, 2012. The trail near Snow Valley is in good shape. Flows in Siberia Creek, Bear Creek, and another tributary were all good. It has been quite a while since I hiked this trail and I was nicely rewarded for deciding to go. The switchbacks are well graded. I also saw plenty of fish in 2 of 3 creeks; didn't look at the third. Finally, the views and overall experience were very good.