Bear Pen Trail

Granite Chief Wilderness, California

Distance2.4mi
Elevation Gain1,357ft
Trailhead Elevation6,095ft
Top7,417ft
Elevation Min/Max6095/7417ft
Elevation Start/End6095/6095ft

Bear Pen Trail

Bear Pen Trail is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Granite Chief Wilderness. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 6,095 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,357 feet. This trail connects with the following: Hell Hole Trail and Five Lakes Creek Trail (15E31).

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Although it’s located in the popular Lake Tahoe region, Granite Chief Wilderness is extremely lightly used compared with other areas around the lake, particularly the popular Desolation Wilderness to the south. Instead of permits and quotas, backpackers will experience deep forests, rushing streams, seasonal wildflowers, excellent views, and a definite lack of fellow humans. This trip follows a pair of delightful streams to Bear Pen, a secluded basin rimmed by granite cliffs on the eastern fringe of the wilderness." Read more
Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"A lightly used pocket of the Granite Chief Wilderness offers fine scenery and a healthy dose of peace and serenity. While daily quotas and fees are the rule of thumb in nearby Desolation Wilderness, a permit is not even required for overnighters in Granite Chief." Read more
Sierra North: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless & Thomas Winnett
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"Follow a pair of delightful streams to a secluded basin rimmed by granite cliffs on the eastern fringe of Granite Chief Wilderness." Read more

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Trail Information

Granite Chief Wilderness
Nearby City
Granite Chief Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Tahoe National Forest
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Dec 2018