Bear Canyon Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Bear Canyon Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nephi, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,824 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

washed out

Bear Canyon trail from Bear Canyon campground up to Nebo Loop road and back (Forest service trail no. 132). Beautiful forested trail (especially in fall colors) with good mix of evergreens, maples, and aspens.About 80%+ shaded in lower 2/3's of trail. Upper 1/3 of trail is about 60% shaded. Moderate inclines and fairly well marked. Several stream crossings although they were all dry in Sept. Mountain biking and horseback riding is permitted, although there were quite a few trees fallen over the trail (as of Sept 2018) and several areas with large roots or cobbles in stream bed crossings that would make this a poor trail for mountain biking. Great hike though. Approx. 6 miles up and back - and about 1,900 ft elevation gain from bottom to top. Bear Canyon campground requires fee for camping, but day use parking and hiking is allowed without paying fee. There's also a parking area at the top of Bear Canyon along Nebo Loop road.

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muddy
3 months ago

A good hike when you don’t want anything to hard. It was rainy the day I did it but it was still a blast!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike on Oct 13, 2018. Nebo Loop road was closed due to Pole Creek fire, but able to hike Bear Canyon to top where it intersects with Nebo Loop road. Had the entire area to ourselves. Found a fantastic bear paw print on the trail. Snow near the top 1/4 of the trail and quite muddy in spots, but passable.

11 months ago

Nice forested trail with steady, moderate incline from Salt Creek up to the Nebo Loop road. Several stream crossings although they were dry in Sept. Very pretty fall hike.

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

September 8, 2018. Hiked Bear Canyon trail from Bear Canyon campground up to Nebo Loop road and back. Forest service trail no. 132. Beautiful fall colors with good mix of evergreens, maples, and aspens. Moderate inclines and fairly well marked with just a little overgrowth onto sides of trail. Did not pass anyone on the trail even though the Nebo Loop road was fairly busy as it was a Sat afternoon. Several stream crossings although they were all dry in Sept. Quite a few trees fallen over trail and several areas with large roots or cobbles in stream bed that would make this a poor trail for mountain biking. About middle of hike there's a section of trail recently washed out by a landslide, but you're able to find way to other side slide to reach continuing trail. Great hike though. I took my time and was a little slower than normal for taking pictures and mapping the route. My AllTrails app didn't start recording correctly at the beginning (on bottom end of the trail) so didn't accurately reflect the distance or the elevation; the route is closer to 6 miles up and back - and about 1,900 ft elevation gain from bottom to top. With the fall colors among the evergreens the lower 2/3 of the trail is one of the most beautiful trail sections I've hiked in the Nebo area.

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2 months ago

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