Explore the most popular trails near Bear Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Bear Valley, California Map
off road driving
1 month ago

Are there trails that I’d be able to take my stock 2017 tundra on? I’m not expecting to do rock crawling, I just want to get on some dirt roads and climb up the mountain to see some beautiful sites!

off road driving
2 months ago

Had some snow and ice to add some complexity, but was pretty easy and enjoyable trail.

The trail from Union reservoir to rock lake is a fairly easy hike. Not much of an elevation gain and it starts out in shady, wooded terrain. The trip to Elephant Lake and rock is the most pleasant part of the trip. As you circle around Elephant Rock you enter a burned out forest with lots of under growth and many downed trees. It is wide open space with no remarkable views; sunny and desolate. The trail is littered with downed trees that must be climbed over or circumvented. Rock lake is small and will one day be a meadow. It is not a destination lake - it is more of a lake you would notice while you were on the way to another, more beautiful location. The lake shore has many, many downed trees. There is no easy access to the shoreline (too filled with downed trees and muddy), which made getting drinking water difficult. The lake bottom is silty which makes wading/swimming a dirty affair. It is not a welcoming lake for swimming. We cut our stay here short, cut our losses and moved on to find other prettier and welcoming destinations. We will not be going back to Rock Lake.

6 months ago

It's a down out and up back trail.

The start was a little tricky because it passes through a posted private property area. Stay on the "road" and you're good.

on Slick Rock Trail

mountain biking
7 months ago

We rode Mt Bikes down from Lake Alpine. There were plenty of spots where we had to get off and walk but what a beautiful trail. There were a lot of Jeeps and rock crawlers and it was fun to watch them climb the the big obstacle on the Utica side. There's a spot about 1/3 of the way from Lake Alpine where it opens up to a sea of granite and a stream running through there were people camping there. It's an amazing spot

fun trail, nothing too exciting. You do end up on Bear Valleys ski resort if you follow the ridge. campsites along the trail are nothing special.

off road driving
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fantastic location for hitting the trail, great camping.

People on the trail were fantastic except for this one Dick with a full size Chevy that had no business being on the trail

Be responsible, pack your trash out and know your limitations

off road driving
Thursday, September 10, 2015

This was not an easy trail. With new boulders and trail difficulty, it was more like a moderate to low hard trail. I spoke with the Jeep group I went with an he said it wasn't easy either. The trail its self was amazing. Had a great time and will do it again any day.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I do not think I actually found the trail. There was a large tree down at the beginning of Cn45 and I walked in from there. The road forks early on; one way flat with power lines along it, one way up hill. I chose uphill and had a nice hike. I turned around after an hour. I believe another 20-30 minutes and I would have reached the ridge and had a nice view of the Sierras to the north.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I just posted a photo here. I am looking to find the trail for this view, somewhere near Arnold, CA. If you have any suggestions or know where it is please let me know. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Friday, July 26, 2013

We hiked from Utica to lake Alpine! AMAZING hard and so rewarding! I can't wait to do it again! There were a few jeeps Crawling but it didn't matter we got out of their way an watched them do their thing!

off road driving
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Drove this in my 07 xterra with 3 inch lift and 33s. Awesome trail not too difficult just right, the last feature was a good challenge without a locker but winched right up.

on Slick Rock Trail

off road driving
Sunday, February 19, 2012

I traveled Slick Rock trail in my 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser which is modified, lifted with oversized tires. This trail is quite scenic and very fun.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

on Slick Rock Trail

Wednesday, December 23, 2015