Bear Mountain

Hope, British Columbia

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Bear Mountain lies to the east of Harrison Hot Springs at the south end of Harrison Lake. The ascent provides a day of not-too-strenuous exercise and some striking views of both Harrison Lake and Harrison River as you ascend. The bonus is the jump-out-and-hit-you-in-the-eye view from the top: you clear the trees and there’s the winding Fraser River below with the Cheam Range ramping up behind. You can see the valley from Hope to Vancouver (if the smog is not too bad), and since all the straightforward Cheam Range hikes are from the other side, this is a view that you do not normally see. This summit is also used by paragliders who helicopter to the top, then attempt to land on the beach at Harrison Hot Springs.

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"Bear Mountain lies to the east of Harrison Hot Springs at the south end of Harrison Lake. The ascent provides a day of not-too-strenuous exercise and some striking views of both Harrison Lake and Harrison River as you ascend. The bonus is the jump-out-and-hit-you-in-the-eye view from the top: you clear the trees and there’s the winding Fraser River below with the Cheam Range ramping up behind.

You can see the valley from Hope to Vancouver (if the smog is not too bad), and since all the straightforward Cheam Range hikes are from the other side, this is a view that you do not normally see. This summit is also used by paragliders who helicopter to the top, then attempt to land on the beach at Harrison Hot Springs."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hope
Distance: 11.8
Elevation Gain: 3,315 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best June to October
Local Maps: 92H/05 Harrison Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Mountain

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May 2018