Bear Canyon Loop Trail to Pigeon Spring

MODERATE 88 reviews
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Bear Canyon Loop Trail to Pigeon Spring is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Lake Elsinore, CA: Travel southwest on Highway 74 venturing into the mountains, then passing the Visitor Center / Fire Station in El Cariso. Proceed another 3.6 miles on Hwy. 74 to reach the trailhead. Parking is available at the San Juan Loop. (Trailhead is half a mile north of Upper San Juan Campground.)

hiking
3 days ago

This was a great, moderate trail. Mostly uphill for the first half and then a nice downhill going back. It was not a steep incline but was steady and manageable. Nice mix of shade and sun, lots of different terrain and foliage. Lots of rocks, wear appropriate shoes. We arrived at 8am on a Saturday, parking lot was pretty full already and expected to have a lot of company on the trail but it was surprisingly quiet. Bathroom is gross, but at least there is one. Very easy trail to navigate, well marked. Saw a couple horses on the trail, lots of various kinds of animal poop, huge lizards, a couple bunnies and a very small stream. Would be good for dogs although we didn't see any. Lots of bugs in some areas.
Many options to extend the hike when you arrive at 4 corners. Great workout for a casual hiker, I would go back for sure. Candy store at the parking lot too! Yum! Have fun!

hiking
10 days ago

went last week for a picnic. nice trail, not too steep, some people but not terrible. Lots of flowers, which is nice, but with the flowers came LOTS of bees/flies.

hiking
20 days ago

This was an amazing trail!. The incline was definitely manageable. Would say you could finish it in around 2 hours is a going at a nice and relaxed pace. There was pretty much a view at every turn which was great. Not to mention, the drive to get there is fairly nice as well.

20 days ago

Nice because it's close.

trail running
23 days ago

It's good for trail running.

hiking
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1 month ago

A good quick training hike. Sitton Peak is not too far and worth the extra distance. I saw a baby rattle snake, oh, and bring bug spray...the streams and standing water have the gnats out!

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Good ascents, great when its green, dog friendly. Views and wildlife a plus.

2 months ago

This was a great hike. It was a great incline for the first half and then you get to relax on the second half. There are some nice views at the top. It was nice and green and not too many people on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

good trail

hiking
3 months ago

this trail is listed as moderate, but I'm gonna say its above moderate. its a beautiful hike with fantastic scenery. trails are clearly marked. you will need a usf parking pass. they do come thru the lot and ticket.

3 months ago

Great trail, easy path to follow, great and challenging for kids. Would do again.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Nice hike. Extremely well marked trails. Very enjoyable.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Kinda boring. Good walk especially as dog friendly.

hiking
5 months ago