Bear Lakes Loop

Graeagle, California

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A short loop trail with minimal elevation gain visits several picturesque lakes within the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, including Silver, Big Bear, Little Bear, and Cub lakes. Hot summer days will lure swimmers into the refreshing waters, and anglers can test their skills on the resident trout. Relics near Round Lake provide a historical glimpse into the mining activity of the past. There are no facilities at the trailhead. Gold Lake Lodge is just a short distance from the trailhead, offering rustic cabins for rent during the summer months with meals included. Nonguests can purchase breakfasts or dinners in the cozy dining room. Call 530-836-2350 or visit goldlakelodge.com for more information.

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"A short loop trail with minimal elevation gain visits several picturesque lakes within the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, including Silver, Big Bear, Little Bear, and Cub lakes. Hot summer days will lure swimmers into the refreshing waters, and anglers can test their skills on the resident trout. Relics near Round Lake provide a historical glimpse into the mining activity of the past.

There are no facilities at the trailhead. Gold Lake Lodge is just a short distance from the trailhead, offering rustic cabins for rent during the summer months with meals included.
Nonguests can purchase breakfasts or dinners in the cozy dining room. Call 530-836-2350 or visit goldlakelodge.com for more information."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Graeagle
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best June through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Plumas National Forest at 530-836-2575, www.fs.usda.gov/plumas
Local Maps: USFS Lakes Basin, Sierra Buttes, and Plumas-Eureka State Park Recreation Guide

Bear Lakes Loop Reviews

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8/18/2010
Beautiful trail! Don't miss this one! The description may be a bit misleading in regards to elevation gain. I would rate this trail as being moderate to strenuous, due to the climb in and/or out, regardless of which direction you choose. And, as expected, it was one of the busier trails we usually hike. The trail essentially leaves from the Graeagle lodge, and some of the hikers only go as far as the first/nearest lake, so the trail traffic thinned out after that. Once again, Better signage would have been helpful at the trailhead parking. I was looking for the "bear lakes loop trail", but the trailhead is actually marked round lake. We were blessed with unusually late blooming wildflowers everywhere. Great great dog trail if your dog loves water and swimming!
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