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.
Bear Pen Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Mike White, Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press).
"Follow a pair of delightful streams to a secluded basin rimmed by granite cliffs on the eastern fringe of Granite Chief Wilderness."
--Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless & Thomas Winnett, Sierra North: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada (Wilderness Press).
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