Bates Canyon Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This trail leaves the long Sierra Madre Road nearly two-thirds of the way along its route. The graded road immediately starts winding down some gentle switchbacks, passing Bates Peak, to drop into Bates Canyon. The deep gullies within the canyon hide a couple of springs that are visible beside the trail. Older topographical maps show campgrounds at these springs, but they no longer exist. Close to the exit of Bates Canyon is the Bates Canyon USFS Campground. The open area has some shade and a couple of picnic tables and fire rings. A Forest Adventure Pass is required. Special Attractions: Alternative exit from the long Sierra Madre Road; Winding descent into Bates Canyon. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."