Bear Flats via Bear Canyon Trail

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Angeles National Forest

Bear Flats via Bear Canyon Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.4 miElevation gain1,243 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of February 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices. This is part of the Mt. Baldy Trail that reaches the summit. Bear Flats is 1.5 miles from the trailhead and opens up as small meadow within the mountains. Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it are on private property.

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Kaye Bacon
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HikingGreat!

Awesome day hike. Not too difficult.

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CJ Perez Ramirez
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Hiking

I loved this hike! Going up your by the river. The trail starts with an incline through the neighborhood then you cross the river and trail is rocky but doable. Then It’s an easy path up. Halfway there is a nice view( mountains, Mt. Baldy town, and between the mountains you can see the greater city)

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Gaby Acosta
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Extremely exhausting! The entire ascend was inclined.

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Marco Mendoza
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Es un sendero muy difícil y también habia nieve asi que fue una gran experiencia.

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selene jovel
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Really nice hike with steady and slightly steep incline. Great early morning hike and it is for the most part shaded. You can take this trail all the way to the summit, however, we didn’t do that. Not a lot of people and we went on a Saturday around 730am

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Leticia De La O
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HikingGreat!

It was a beautiful day for a Sunday morning Hike. We came across a lot of other hikers. Trail is narrow and rocky but if you have hiking poles it will be great. What was so nice is when we reached to Bear Flats point we found a patch of snow which my dog didn’t like so much. It was a new experience for for him. Overall it was a great hike with family.

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Kevin Martin
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HikingGreat!Private property

Really enjoyed this trail. Went early on a Sat. Morning. Parked near the visitors center - seems tough depending on how many people are in the area so keep in mind! Plenty of shade, solid incline, amazing views.

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Erica Michelle
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Had a great time on this hike! So beautiful with many beautiful views and a lovely stream. Went on a Tuesday around midday and only encountered one other hiker with her dog. Was a perfect spot for our two adventure cats. The trail is definitely narrow. The only real area to rest/have a snack is at the top at Bear Flats. There was only one spot with snow on the actual trail. It’s shady most of the way but the best views are on the stretches without shade. It’s certainly steep which for my knees was felt more on the way down than up. Would definitely recommend boots at least!

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Kalen Strandberg
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Straight up

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Patrick Justice
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Excellent. Nice and shady, not too hot in the sun, not too cold in the shade.

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Diatrah Porter
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Laurie G
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Hard to find parking in town. The trail is muddy and a bit slushy from the recent snow. Ended up doing a longer bit than what’s on here - but the views were so worth the extra climb.

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Haley M
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WalkingGreat!MuddyRockySnow

Very beautiful trail! We brought our 2 dogs and it was definitely a great time. Beautiful mountain and nature scenery. The trail itself was easy to find, moderate intensity and a good workout. My dogs know how to climb rocks and mountains better than me! There was snow areas and dry areas. A little slippery and rocky so you definitely need to have good balance and heathy joints!

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Jaskiran Kaur
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Kehau Gabriel
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Hiking

Great trail. Didn’t get to finish because the rain was really coming down but it was still a beautiful Christmas Eve hike.

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Saeed Jaffer
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Andrew Collinson
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike, took our time to the flats took us about two hours there and back. Stopped and hung out admiring the scenery a bunch. Def recommended. Trailhead is up a private road follow it up to the path.

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Roger Smith
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Nice and easy

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Megan Weir
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Great uphill workout, lots of trees, shade mid-day, narrow but upkept trail and juts out to spectacular views.

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Shruti Chopra
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HikingBugsMuddyPrivate property

We did the hike yesterday and started around 9am. It started to get quite hot while we were coming down. It was a good, short trail. There was shade in the beginning but as you gained elevation there were less trees. There's a creek too and you can hear the sound of water on the trail. The view was worth the elevation gain. You have to walk around private properties to get to the trail head. It was a little tricky to find the trail head. It was a good experience.

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Bowei Su
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Hiking

Mostly Shaded, few rattles heard on the trail

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