Little Bear Creek

Lake Arrowhead, California

Little Bear Creek

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"The canyon of Little Bear Creek—just east of Lake Arrowhead—has always been a delight to visit. A small stream glides and dances over water-tempered boulders, shaded by magnificent Jeffrey and sugar pines and incense-cedars. Ferns and grasses once grew lush along the banks. Just over the ridge, civilization seems far away.

The 2003 Old Fire incinerated almost everything on this trip. Consider this a unique opportunity to witness both the complete devastation of a major forest fire and the regeneration of the forest. The trip descends from North Shore Campground, just east of Lake Arrowhead, to visit this verdant sanctuary and observe the regrowth."

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Arrowhead Farms, CA
Pathfinder | 140 pts
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This must have been a beautiful hike prior to the fire. Growth is certainly returning, but it is still exposed. The creek was so small and clogged with debris, I doubted I had gone far enough. Nice short easy hike. Saw no other people on father's day weekend at Arrowhead... Special!

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Allen Riedel
"The hike descends through a once lovely wooded glen that has now seen epic damage due to the Old Fire of 2003. Fire fighters protected the community around Arrowhead Lake, and this area was one of the final battlegrounds utilized in combating the blaze. Though singed, the area is still worth a trip. Studying .re ecology can be a fascinating endeavor on its own, but this trip will take you up close and personal. A firsthand assessment can be made of what happens due to carelessness, negligence, and sheer stupidity on the part of humans. The area is bouncing back very well despite bark beetles and years of drought before the blaze. Spring rains produce wild flowers galore in this region especially in the seasons just after a fire."
"Little Bear Creek rolls playfully down the hill from Lake Arrowhead into Hooks Creek and onward into Deep Creek. It once cavorted beneath a delightful forest of pines, oaks, and incense cedars, but the 2003 Old Fire incinerated the entire canyon, along with countless cabins in Cedar Glen. Now, this hike is a sobering reminder of the power of wildfire and a fascinating opportunity to watch the forest regenerate itself. The North Shore National Recreation Trail (3W12) begins at the far eastern end of the campground. It descends into a grove of black oaks, passing a spur leading over to a maintenance yard. In 0.1 mile, cross a dirt road and continue down along the north fork of Little Bear Creek."

Trail Information

Lake Arrowhead
Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Additional Use
Lake Arrowhead (7.5-minute)
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