Hidden Bear Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Hidden Bear Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Colton, 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.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1089 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

no shade

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a really great hike! It's as challenging as it is scenic, and the six miles go by relatively quickly. The first half is a steady incline to the highest point of the hike, and even then the elevation varies, thankfully leveling out for periods at a time before drastically ascending up the canyon ridges. There are only a couple of points where the incline gets intimidatingly steep, but it's more than doable.

Visually it's one of my favorite hikes in the area. Grand Terrace, Colton, and Loma Linda are all visible for the first three miles before the trail takes you into the heart of the canyons, where they rise up on both sides, effectively disconnecting you from the civilized world. You'll see a lot of the same plant and wildlife that you've seen on any of the hikes around the area. You'll also find plenty of big black ants and stinkbugs. I do recall hearing coyotes howling as it got dark.

Overall I had a really great time on this trail. I suggest doing it about an hour and a half before sunset as the light makes the landscape look stunning. It also gives you enough time to get back to your car while it's still relatively light out. The trail can get overgrown near the end, so I suggest taking long pants or taking one of the many easier routes.

Also, on your way back you have a choice to either take the same path you took in, or you can walk the residential side streets back to Prado Park. I tend to do the latter if I get back later than planned.