Bear Gulch Trail

#3 of 8 trails in Bear Creek Picnic Area

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Bear Gulch Trail is a 1.4 mile out and back trail located near Paicines, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & rock climbing and is accessible year-round.

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matthew williams (70)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Bring a flashlight for the cave (or cellphone) and when you get to the reservoir turn around if you're doing the quick trail (there's a loop). Also it was quite busy, they had shuttles running from the Visitor Center to the Bear Gulch trail.

Ryan Nill (70)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Very fun trail. Saw on previous review that a 2 year old went on it so we also brought one. He had a fantastic time and loved the big rocks as he said. There was one scary moment where the trail was a little slanted and our lil man slipped and almost tumbled down but we scooped him up before he could fall down. So if you do bring kids be careful at certain areas where easy slipping can occur. Other than that caves are great. Very family friendly. And had a great time!

Elizabeth Edginton (260)

27 Completed4 Reviews

A great trail. The trail is pretty easy. The caves were really fun. My two year old walked the entire hike.

Thomas Stockton (485)

5 Completed3 Reviews

Really easy trail which lets you enjoy the scenery. Beautiful rock formations and colors. Short and very easy trail.

Alyssa Pelletier (155)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Bear Gulch trail was a fantastic warm-up on a chilly saturday morning. The trail strolls up through the canyon, through the Bear Gulch cave (if you want) and ends up at a pretty little reservoir. We got there early (8am) and were able to get a spot in the top parking lot, but it seems to get crowded pretty quickly so you could end up parking far away if you get there late in the day.

Janet Lee (241)

7 Completed4 Reviews

Also (noting the review below) wanted to add that we did this trail on a Saturday so you might just have to ask the ranger if it'll be open or closed that day

Janet Lee (241)

7 Completed4 Reviews

A pretty easy hike filled with beautiful formations, cave exploring, and rock climbing opportunities. I also suggest taking a quick detour to the reservoir, which was pretty as well and leads right back into bear gulch caves.

Eric Sneed (127)

5 Completed1 Reviews

Trail closed on Saturday

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