Easy day hike with minimal elevation gain. First two miles or so switches between a foot trail and a vehicle road. After that it just follows the vehicle road, though it's only open for foot travel. Last mile and a half it really opens up with nice views of the canyon. The reservoir itself was pretty low with a dusting of light snow and a nice little stream running (11-19-16). Overall very accessible for most people with some nice views.
We didn't hike too far due to time limits (2 miles in), but we did see some real beauty. Path travels along a rushing creek that was flowing more than I thought possible this time of year. We passed a sweet bridge that has an additional road that goes somewhere... The BRIDGE - There is a large HOLE in the middle of the bridge and with the rushing creek I'd watch little kids walking ahead of you!
I'd like to learn more of the road portion of the trail and who and when can use it... the hiking path crosses over and travels along the road for much of the first part of the hike. Look for blue markers. Some of the private property signs are misleading - makes you feel at times you've walked off trail, but you're good as long as the creek is to your right.
Look for a sign 1/2 mile past the bridge which directs hikers and horses to a path to the left off the road.
This is a sweet ride for mountain bikers of all skill levels, for it's wide open in most areas (first couple of miles for we didn't walk up the trail off the logging road) with relatively little incline/decline.
Cool pond area one mile in and waterfall at about three miles was flowing nicely. Great open views the last 2.5 miles before bass lake. The last 1.5 miles was rocky and had a few inches of snow here or there (10-22-16) but nothing too crazy. The lake area was really nice. Excellent day hike.
Paul T. on Bear Creek Overlook Trail
Wonderful hike on a gorgeous October afternoon. Hike provided a perfect cardiac workout for a fifty-something. Spectacular vistas, especially looking westward into the more primitive areas. I'll post some pictures later.
Once you locate the start of the actual Trail it is a nice gradual climb with plenty of switchback. Hikes it with a friend on 10-9-2016. It is worth the Terrain and I will return. I did leave a Token of Gratitude for all the beauty this has to offer. Would recommend to not being children due to the stop off at the Trails end. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the Beauty.
Amazing views once you get to the end. The whole trail is sheltered by Lodgepole pine. The trail has lots of switch backs but is pretty gradual and easy. You can tell people have cut the switchbacks and have taken a more direct and steeper climb. Once you get to the top there are about 3 Rock outcrops you can walk out onto that have sheer drop offs. Bring layers or a jacket since it's windy at the top. I went first week of October and the Larch trees were starting to turn yellow. I'd love to go again once they have all turned yellow. The views would be even more stunning.