Bear Flats via Bear Canyon Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Bear Flats via Bear Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt 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.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1446 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

15 days ago

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1 month ago

It was a nice hike but a little disappointing how the hike ends

2 months ago

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2 months ago

This review isn't really complete because we ran out of time today (went to see San Antonio Falls first and my companion needed to be home for an appointment). We only made it about halfway to the campgrounds.

The road leading to the trailhead is private, so you need to park at the base where the church is. They display a sign saying hikers welcome, and since a service wasn't in session, parking was easy. The first part of the hike is obviously the private road to get to the actual trailhead. Once you're on the trail, it's interesting to see the cabins hidden up on the canyon walls. Often times you can only find them due to the hidden stone stairways leading to them. The creek at the start of this hike is peaceful with a few smaller waterfalls. We diverted a few times from the trail to enjoy the creek since we knew we would run out of time.

The views start to impress at the second set of switchbacks. Unfortunately, this is where we needed to turn around.

We went at noon on a Tuesday and were the only hikers for our short section of the hike.

The loss of the single star is because of climbing the road to get to the trail. I plan to try to complete this hike another day and give a more fair rating.

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2 months ago

Really fun and gorgeous but it's all uphill and a large part is switch backs. If you are hiking for the exercise this is great but me and my girlfriend were just going for the views and the calm so it was a little rigorous for us

2 months ago

Very peaceful trail, with great views all the way up. At the end of the trial is a big tree not a view but the whole hike you get a great scenery.

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3 months ago

nice short incline hike, love to wander off the trail a bit enjoy nature and the silence.

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7 months ago

Very nice hiking trail for my dog, she enjoyed it.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

I summited Mt Baldy via this trail and it's quite the workout to put it lightly. The view on the way up to the summit is great - takes your mind away from how tired your body is feeling. >_

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10 months ago

pretty

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10 months ago

Cool little fern gully otw up to Baldy via the Old Mount Baldy trail. Very pretty and lots of shade until this point. Looked like there were some camping spots too. The trail to get up to Lookout Mt. is also right off of the flats.