Bear Pen Trail

Granite Chief Wilderness, California

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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.
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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).
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Granite Chief Wilderness
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 1,357 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,095 feet
Top Elevation: 7,417 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Granite Chief Wilderness
Elevation Min/Max: 6095/7417 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6095/6095 ft

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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."

"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."

"Follow a pair of delightful streams to a secluded basin rimmed by granite cliffs on the eastern fringe of Granite Chief Wilderness."

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Jun 2018