Bear Gulch Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Bear Gulch Trail is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Paicines, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles 285 feet Loop

hiking

rock climbing

Directions from Bear Gulch Visitor Center: Follow Moses Spring Trail southward .6 miles to the caves.

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked up to the reservoir through the cave

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

great hike. loved this park.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail passes through caves (you'll need a flashlight) but it's well paved and a few sections have a metal railing. Pretty reservoir view. Easy hike.

3 months ago

A great park ,hidden gem !!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike for the whole family! The caves are a lot of fun.

4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Fun easy hike through the caves up to the reservoir. Caves are really cool, narrow with stairwells. Best to have a flashlight but iPhone will work. Reservoir is reminiscent of the lion king - lots of water snakes.

hiking
1 year ago

Did most of this trail, but went up High Peaks and Down Juniper canyon then .2 out to Peaks View and back to make it 10 miles even. It took 6 hours stopping to take pictures and eat lunch. It is an awesome trail and the ability to add High Peaks into it is absolutely worth it. Would love to do it again and add the North wilderness into it as well

hiking
1 year ago

Did the full Bear Gulch Trail from an overflow lot on a busy weekend. The beginning is sunny before you enter the wooded gulch and it is a decent walk uphill to reach the visitor center before continuing on into the caves. It adds a couple miles to the hike but is nothing too strenuous.

hiking
2 years ago

walking
3 years ago

Bring a flashlight for the cave (or cellphone) and when you get to the reservoir turn around if you're doing the quick trail (there's a loop).

Also it was quite busy, they had shuttles running from the Visitor Center to the Bear Gulch trail.

hiking
3 years ago

Very fun trail. Saw on previous review that a 2 year old went on it so we also brought one. He had a fantastic time and loved the big rocks as he said. There was one scary moment where the trail was a little slanted and our lil man slipped and almost tumbled down but we scooped him up before he could fall down. So if you do bring kids be careful at certain areas where easy slipping can occur. Other than that caves are great. Very family friendly. And had a great time!

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

A great trail. The trail is pretty easy. The caves were really fun. My two year old walked the entire hike.

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

Really easy trail which lets you enjoy the scenery. Beautiful rock formations and colors. Short and very easy trail.

hiking
3 years ago