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Bear Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 5,280 Feet (1645.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,280 Feet (399.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,560 Feet (2044.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Tahoe City

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General Description

The Bear Creek Trail is an easy 2 mile hike at an elevation of 5,280 feet. This trail gradually ascends and then descends along the southern side of Bear Creek Canyon, passing through an alpine setting of mixes conifers. The last part of the trail descends into a housing area and crosses Bear Creek on a footbridge. Alpine Meadows Road is just a short distance from the bridge.

The trail is used frequently by the local residents as well as stock. Since the trail passes near residences and crosses private land, hikers are requested to respect the privacy and rights of the local residents and landowners.

Directions from Truckee: Travel on Hwy. #89 south for 9.5 miles to Alpine Meadows Road. From Tahoe City take Hwy. 389 north and drive 4 miles to Alpine Meadows Road. 0.5 miles up Alpine Meadows Road on the south side of the road is Alpine Stables. The trailhead is located at the western end of the stable facilities and has ample parking.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October (NOTE: may be accessible year round.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Bear Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Horseback riding is available on this trail.

Related Activities
Bear Creek - Bear Creek is located approximately 9.5 miles south of Truckee. There are small populations of brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout can be found in reaches of this creeks.

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Visitor Information:

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


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