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Bear Peak/Lake Trail

Elevation: Varies
Length: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Bear Pk

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General Description

This trail leads to another beautiful lake in the Siskiyou Wilderness Area. The trail first heads up towards Bear Peak, then drops into Bear Lake and Little Bear Valley. Just downstream a half mile from Bear Lake is Lower Bear Lake. This is a beautiful area to hike, either for a picnic or overnight stay. The first three miles of the trail is fairly dry, so be sure to bring drinking water.

Directions from Happy Camp: Travel south on Hwy. 96 for about 9.5 miles to Forest Service Rd 15N19 and turn right. This road is pave for the first 5 miles, then turns to dirt. Continue for 4.5 miles further to the Elbow Creek Trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late Spring through Early Winter .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Siskiyou Wilderness
ICON Camping Happy Camp Campground
ICON Hiking & Walking Bear Peak/Lake Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Bear Lake, Lower Bear Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Happy Camp Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Happy Camp Ranger District

Related Activities
Happy Camp Campground - This campground has 4 sites and vault toilets with no drinking water provided. It is located east of Willow Creek. No fees are charged.

More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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