Little Bear Creek Trail [CLOSED]

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San Bernardino National Forest

Little Bear Creek Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Arrowhead, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 810 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Trailhead can be hard to find, follow these directions. Head to the North Shore Campground. No day parking here but you can park on the street about a 5 minute walk from the campground. Walk up to the campground, keep walking straight past several campsites. Keep straight. Near campsite #11 you will see a large sign for North Shore National Recreation Trail. You found it. Now, after a very short walk on the trail, you will intersect a dirt fire road. Cross the road and the trail will continue. Do not start walking down the fire road. Just cross it. From there you should be good for the rest of the hike.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

First part of the hike is shady until you drop down i tot he burn areas. The trail is really washed out/flooded in some areas but since it was hot out we just waded through the water. It was super refreshing. You can meet trails to head to Devil’s Hope/Deep Creek/Aztec Falls. Also can link to PCT. Plan to park a car down at the Deep Creek Spillway and hike down PCT one of these days. Do be advised this trail is marked easy on this app, but US forestry site has it marked as intermediate to difficult. The way down is easy, but hiking back up can be tough for some. Be prepared, and wear plenty of sunscreen. Check for ticks afterwards.

hiking
closed
flooded
over grown
2 months ago

Fun little trail; starts at the campsite and leads down to a creek. Some parts are a bit overgrown with plants constantly brushing against you. We had to turn back before the official end because the trail was completely flooded. It was also closed because of COVID-19, but we talked to a sheriff beforehand and he said they wouldn’t cite you for going on it.

running
blowdown
flooded
5 months ago

no shade
off trail
over grown
washed out
6 months ago

34.266181,-117.161793 start and park here. walk up and turn left onto the trail then connect to the main trail. With leaves covered the trail, be careful on how you step. fun exploring the hillside.

hiking
8 months ago

Good trail. Tough to find the start point.

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

Not sure if this is truly the right name for the trail. When we arrived it was the North Shore Trailhead as one of the photo shows. It was good, dry, but never made it to a creek as we decided to turn back. Went at about 11am and the trail was empty. The trail is narrow and a little overgrown but not bad. Some parts are a little shaded but most of it was dry. It wasn't too bad when there was a breeze.

hiking
10 months ago

Short trail with some shade and small creek runs parallel to trail not much water on hot July day. No lake. Took trail to the end about 2 miles then it connects to splinters canyon trailhead watch out for cars and Off road vehicles if you have a dog. Can continue to fisherman’s camp and connect to the pacific crest trail. There are lots of nice little areas along the deep creek to relax and enjoy the cool water. There were quite a few families there on the weekend. If you walk along the river you can find some areas for dispersed camping. If you continue the trail there is a swimming hole further down and Aztec falls.

we never found the main trail.

hiking
washed out
11 months ago

1.7km is are far as you get before hitting water... you may proceed if should you desire to swim. Still made for an easy hike under an hour to this point and back.

Fri Dec 21 2018

Took Little Bear Creek Trail to Aztec Falls (6.35 miles round-trip). We parked in a dirt lot just East of Mackay Park (there's a sign there for the trail). A not too hard to find, easy, dog-friendly trail. We picked up the only trash we saw on the Little Bear Creek Trail, but there was more near Aztec Falls. Please leave the trails better than you find them!

Sun Jul 22 2018

No parking and huge potholes- couldn’t find the trail :(

Mon Jun 25 2018

The trail starts in a camp ground, where there is no parking available for hikers. This entire mountain seems unfriendly toward day trip hikers. It might be possible to hike this trail if you park at McKay Park and hump up the hill to the camp ground.

hiking
Mon May 28 2018

This trail is officially called the North Shore National Recreation Trail. Trailhead can be hard to find, follow these directions. Head to the North Shore Campground. No day parking here but you can park on the street about a 5 minute walk from the campground. Walk up to the campground, keep walking straight past several campsites. Keep straight. Near campsite #11 you will see a large sign for North Shore National Recreation Trail. You found it. Now, after a very short walk on the trail, you will intersect a dirt fire road. Cross the road and the trail will continue. Do not start walking down the fire road. Just cross it. From there you should be good for the rest of the hike.

Sat Jan 27 2018

hiking trail is currently closed for the season, road is closed with a sign saying it will open in early 2018.

hiking
Tue Nov 28 2017

Fun little hike, good jump off spot for longer hikes to Aztec Fall and PCT

hiking
Sat Jun 24 2017

We did a trail in the area, but could not find Little Bear Creek Trail.

hiking
Mon Mar 27 2017

Nice little hike, took my dog. Must say that he picked up lots of ticks, my husband also had ticks on him.

backpacking
Wed Dec 07 2016

Better to park off of Torrey Rd -- up the hill and hike in. Connects to other hikes if you can hop the creek at the end. There are currently some floating logs you can cross. I'm big and they held my weight. Use nearby timbers if you need more balance going over. Trail itself was good exercise. There are a few spots that are steep and slippery and a couple parts with narrow walkway and a drop. Nothing too scary, but if you go off trail there's danger and climbing to be had. Snow on the top part of the trail and it is a bit icy. Below the valley the trail winds by the creek close and far and there is a small grove of old trees that was saved from the inferno that took so many. I bet this trail was simply incredible 15-20 years ago. I imagine a glen of giants, an avenue of them just winding through the valley. Now it looks like walking through an abandoned telephone pole operation. Beware there are some areas with timber and rock falling dangers. Also parts of the trail are eroded so be careful when you feel soft soil. I had some break away under foot. Feels like you are deeper in the wood at times, but then you'll see houses and power lines and even roads in parts.

Sun Jun 26 2016

The trail was pretty enjoyable, not too exciting but it still had a good amount of things to see. I went with a friend about a week ago and it was pretty overgrown, which I really don't mind. The fire damage actually made the landscape look much more interesting. My friend and I had to stop, however, due to a small river we could not jump. I'm definitely going to go again, probably with better shoes and something to cut away some foliage.

hiking
Sun Feb 21 2016

This trail left a lot to be desired. Not pretty at all. On to new adventures!

Sat Mar 14 2015

We couldn't find the trail and the park appears to be closed.

hiking
Sun Nov 24 2013

Pretty good hiking trail. End is a little anticlimactic, just opens up to an off road vehicle area. Can't wait to take my bike on it though.

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