Baer Creek Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kaysville, UT that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The trail used for the Bair Gutsman race that goes from the base of the mountains in Fruit Heights to Francis Peak. Steep climbs, great views, and a challenging race.
great workout would do it again!
did anyone find the cave the introduction refers to?
Tough hike. It definitely deserves the hard rating.
Nice trail, great scenery. But not a good trail for running. For me, most of it was too steep an technical to run, though I am am extra careful not to reinjure my knee. I did slip/trip three times.
As other reviewers mentioned this trail is steep. The first third less steep. Also the switchbacks on the map must be overgrown because we never saw the switchbacks. the trail just went straight up where the switchback were supposed to be. All of the other recorded routes show this straight up too. Much of the trail is shaded except for the first and last sections. Also near the top there was a lot of noise from atv's and trucks on the road to Francis Peak. View of the shrinking great salt lake are amazing. You can climb higher to the ridge and see to the east clear to the Uinta mountains.
The trail was very steep and arduous but well worth the effort. In the shade of the Radar Tower the breeze is chilling and refreshing. Coming down is hard on the knees and joints. It looks like someone has done a lot of work improving the trail recently as the trail was clearly defined all the way to the top. At the last crossing (crossing heading South) I filled up my canteens with 3 liters of water. It was just enough. I wouldn't go with less than that per person.
Difficult but so worth the views! Be prepared to cross the creek. It was high in some areas. Sunscreen, hat and plenty of water is a must!
Went in Mid March after about 1.5 miles in path was covered in snow pushed on for a lil to a 2nd creek crossing (no bridge) and was unsure of the trails direction. Would definitely do again next time I am out here.
Right before you enter the mouth of Baer Canyon you have the opportunity of branching off to the right up the mountain where you will connect with the Bonneville shoreline trail.
Baer Canyon is a mostly shaded scenic trail that is relatively popular in Davis County. If you're seeking solitude, you'll have to hike four miles in to experience it. Once in deep enough, the trail provides a fairly steep ascent up to Francis Peak, often following a rolling stream that provides some kodak moments.
I'm camped along the stream in spring and was delighted to have an American Dipper nest nearby that was frequented by a pair of these wonderful birds, John Muir's favorite.
I've seen many different species of birds along the trail, Spotted Towhee's, Mountain Chickadees, Grouse, Water Ouzel, etc.
This thing absolutely kicked my butt. It's a really long hike, and has a lot of steep stretches that kill ya on the way up as well as on the way down. It's a pretty moderate hike up until the third time you cross the river and then it just gets steeper, more overgrown, and harder to follow do it blending with surrounding brush. Lost the trail a couple times on the way back down so be sure you make note of distinct features as you get higher up. Not for the faint of heart and give yourself all day so you can pace it out! Enjoy yourself!
The real Baer Creek hiking trail is 9.5 miles and 5 to 6 hours estimated up and back. So it's fine if you want to go up about halfway but to do the whole thing is twice as long.
Pleasant hike with the creek rambling on. Narrow in parts, but good overall. Saw a few snakes. No rattlers. Phew.
The first two miles or so would make a good family hike. The scenery there is similar to Adam's canyon.
The hike to the summit is very difficult. The last two miles to Francis Peak took everything I had.
Trail is not clearly marked and the upper portion is not well maintained. However, there are 5 campsites along the trail that might make the hike to the top more manageable.
This trail was one of the toughest I have ever done and I go quite often. I wore a pedometer and this trail was closer to 13 miles than 9.5 if you go to the weather towers. I would recommend bringing plenty of fluids and go either early in the morning because it can get quite hot and take a significant amount of tome.
This trail is fun for a long hike in a very beautiful canyon. It will take you all the way to the top if you like. It's a great hike.
This trail is at least 8 miles round trip. I hiked it a couple of weeks ago. I used GPS and logged 3.5 Miles to the beginning of the switchbacks. I stopped at the snow line. The trail continues all the way to the crust trail.
There are several river crossings that will involve getting wet, or careful traversing to avoid it.
The trail was becoming overgrown the 1/2 mile or so before the tree line ends.
This is a strenuous trail, gaining about 3000 feet in the 3.5 miles I logged, but it isn't technically difficult.
They run the Baer Gutsman race on it each year in August.
Best trail ever. Do it!