Bear Valley Road

Cleveland National Forest, California

Elevation Gain1,727ft
Trailhead Elevation3,966ft
Elevation Min/Max3313/4324ft
Elevation Start/End3966/3966ft

Bear Valley Road

Bear Valley Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 7.2 miles long and begins at 3,966 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,727 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bear Valley Loop Road and Long Valley Road.

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Backcountry Adventures: Southern California (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"This ridge top trail is conveniently located within day-trip distance of San Diego. It offers fantastic views of the Cottonwood Valley to the east and Bear Valley to the west. The trail leaves less than a mile south of I-8 at the Buckman Springs Road exit and immediately enters Cleveland National Forest through a gate. It starts to climb a shelf road onto the ridge. The shelf road is more than wide enough for a single vehicle, and there are plenty of passing places. Once on the ridge, the trail undulates over the green tops of the aptly named Fuzz, Sage, and Wire Peaks. The trail should only be attempted in dry weather. It is likely to be gated closed by the forest service when wet. Deep ruts in the trail and the uneven surface make it difficult to travel when wet. The trail descends to finish at Pine Valley, immediately south of the I-8 freeway exit. Special Attractions: Ridge top trail in Cleveland National Forest that travels over Fuzz, Sage, and Wire Peaks; Easy day trip from San Diego. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

Bear Valley Road Trip Reports

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Had a nice ride with good trail conditions today.

The cycles were out, so we took special care.
There were so ruts & rocks & steep areas. Just make sure your vehicle can manage.
The far side gate was locked. We toured Long Peak trail and then backtracked to exit the way we came in at Pine Valley road.

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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Cleveland National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Cameron Corners, Morena Reservoir, Descanso, El Cajon
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