Bear Canyon Trail

Angeles National Forest, California

Distance5.2mi
Elevation Gain5,658ft
Trailhead Elevation4,542ft
Top10,057ft
Elevation Min/Max4542/10057ft
Elevation Start/End4542/4542ft

Bear Canyon Trail

Bear Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County, California. It is within Sheep Mountain Wilderness, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and Angeles National Forest. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 4,542 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,658 feet. The trail ends near Rock windbreak, Rock windbreak, Rock windbreak, Rock windbreak, and another shelter and Mount San Antonio (elevation 10,066 feet). This trail connects with the following: North Backbone Trail and Devils Backbone Road.

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Barely a mile’s walk from the busy little community of Mount Baldy, you can be sitting on a rock, communing with Nature, feet dangling in the sun-and-shadedappled, crystalline stream of Bear Canyon." Read more
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"The great south ridge of Mt. Baldy rises directly from Mt. Baldy Village to the summit, and climbs nearly 6000 feet in 3.5 horizontal miles. The trail offers the greatest sustained elevation gain of any in the San Gabriel Mountains." Read more
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"Bear Flat is actually a sloping valley at the head of Bear Canyon and s only flat in comparison to the rugged slopes of Mt. Baldy. The short but steep trail leads along Bear Creek and past numerous cabins, through forest and chaparral. It is enjoyable either for a quick workout; or for a leisurely tour of the oaks, bigcone Douglas-firs, cedars, and spring wildflowers. Lucky and patient observers might catch sight of bighorn sheep roaming the mountainside nearby. Ambitious hikers may continue from the flat to Lookout Mtn., or all the way to the summit of Mt. Baldy." Read more

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Trail Information

Angeles National Forest
Nearby City
Angeles National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
ANF/SGRD
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min Mt. Baldy
Local Maps