It was a very cold day for a hike (9 degrees), but the trail was beautiful hiking in the snow. The snow depth is minimal, with a couple of stretches of ice that warrants using cleats to be safe. I would also suggest taking hiking poles to provide additional balance going down hills. I made it to where the trail ascends to the lakes before turning around. The frozen waterfalls along the creek were amazing!
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.