Bear Creek Trail

Mono Hot Springs, California 93642

Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Well endowed with deep pools and even a few white, sandy beaches, Bear Creek contains some of the finest swimming holes in the Sierra, as well as the warm summer weather suitable for using them."

Bear Creek Trail Trip Reports

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Bear Creek (really a river!) is absolutely beautiful. Be forewarned that the US Forest Rangers are EXTREMELY vigilant about trail quotas and wilderness permits and regulations, so make reservations well in advance and be prepared to show your permits and be asked to move from campsites that do not conform to wilderness regulations (we were). We did not see any campsites below Twin Falls that met the 100 foot from trail and stream regulation, and ended up camping right above the falls, which, despite what the guidebook says, didn't seem to be an issue. The trail was quite busy the entire 4 days we were there. We hiked to the junction of the JMT/PCT as a day hike from our campsite and found several nice established camping spots near the junction, where the trail rejoins Bear Creek. The guidebook description is quite accurate- this a great hike for fishing, swimming and beautiful scenery. Any 4 wheel drive vehicle can make the almost 3 mile drive to the trailhead at the reservoir- save your energy for the hike!
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This trail had lots of water and beautiful scenery. We didn't run into many other hikers along the way, so it seemed like it was only the two of us exploring. We did pack out a lot of other people's trash which was surprising for such a beautiful place.
This trail is highly recommended.

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Trail Information

Mono Hot Springs
Nearby City
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 hours.
June through September.
7,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,100 feet
Top Elevation
Sierra National Forest, Eastwood Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Givens, Florence Lake.
Local Maps

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