Bear Canyon Professional Review and Guide
"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."