Bear Canyon

Naches, Washington

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This really is a transition zone where pines and even some fir trees cover the more protected north slopes. South slopes are a different story, however, and here you will find bare rocky talus slopes of basalt beneath towering basalt cliffs. Only a few aspens and cottonwoods grow near wet areas. This mix makes the area prime wildlife habitat. Cover and water are abundant, and so are the birds. Many avid bird watchers know about this place, but few other special-interest users do. White-headed, hairy, downy, and acorn woodpeckers call this area home. Nesting cavities are seen all along the way, and flicker boxes are located along Bear Creek every 1?8 mile or so. Elk can be expected along with the mule deer. All in all, this is a wildlife haven.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This really is a transition zone where pines and even some fir trees cover the more protected north slopes. South slopes are a different story, however, and here you will find bare rocky talus slopes of basalt beneath towering basalt cliffs. Only a few aspens and cottonwoods grow near wet areas.

This mix makes the area prime wildlife habitat. Cover and water are abundant, and so are the birds. Many avid bird watchers know about this place, but few other special-interest users do. White-headed, hairy, downy, and acorn woodpeckers call this area home. Nesting cavities are seen all along the way, and flicker boxes are located along Bear Creek every 1?8 mile or so. Elk can be expected along with the mule deer. All in all, this is a wildlife haven.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Naches
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April through July
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,900 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakima
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

6/19/2015
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I followed this trail up for about 2.7 miles (one way) so the out and back distance is longer then four miles. However, the trail is poorly maintained and thus some of my hike included bush wacking and walking up the creek bed. I didn't follow the trail to the end so it most likely goes even further.



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May 2018