Bubbs Creek Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Bubbs Creek Trail is a 24.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dunlap, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November.

24.6 miles
4,767 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

23 days ago


1 month ago

Definitely tougher than expected. We backpacked in from Road's End, along Bubb's Creek, up the switchbacks, and then camped at Junction Meadow. The switchbacks are tough, but the trail gradually climbs for another 6 miles or so afterward.

There is pretty much access to water along the whole trail.

Saw a rattlesnake about 6 miles in, which confirms what an earlier reviewer said.

Lots of mosquitos and flies, we saw several people with bug nets over their faces.

The switchbacks are very scenic, afterwards is still beautiful but not as scenic.

There are bear boxes at many of the campsites.

There are several creek crossings, as of June 2018 the creek crossings were all manageable.

1 month ago

Can’t give nature less than 5 stars! Super pretty! But as the last reviewer mentioned, not « panoramic » past the switchback. Still totally gorgeous, with lots of changes in scenery throughout. The creek is loud!! And the water is incredibly pristine. But bring the bug repellent! Also, this hike to Junction Meadows is a butt kicker: the switchback is toughest, but it keeps going up after that too. Not as steep, but it goes up very consistently. Possible rattlesnake den at about 6 miles? A hiker saw one hours before we did. Found a beautiful camping spot before Junction M to camp that had its own little beach. Wish we had time to make it to East Lake! Would have loved a 2 nighter here (and a fishing pole!! Saw 2 beautiful trouts at our spot). Overall a kick butt adventure we loved for an overnight walk up. -Do note the last reviewer’s comment about the first creek crossing.

2 months ago

River crossing is tricky at the beginning of trail. Head further down stream to find better crossing points.
The first group of switchbacks are tough but the rest is not very exposed. Not very scenic after Sphinx creek. Ample campgrounds and a few have bear boxes. We did an overnight a Junction Meadow with a walk up permit.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Great hike for us beginners, we hiked on Bubbs Creek Trail to Sphenix Creek campsite. Two campsites one large one with a bear box, and one smaller one on creek side with no bear box. We do this hike again and go farther up the trail.

11 months ago

Monday, May 01, 2017

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Friday, October 03, 2014