Bear Canyon

Highlights: Wooded canyon, streams, waterfall, rustic cabins, historical landmark

  • Near: Mount Baldy, CA
  • Distance: 4 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 ft.
  • Hike Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: 5/10
  • Trail Condition: well maintained trail/road
  • Trail head map: Click here for Google map
  • Detailed map: Click here
  • Restrictions: Adventure Pass required to park
  • Rating: 4/5


A nice valley trail by a running stream. The hike starts on a paved road which passes an assortment of cabins. After about 1/2 mile, the road ends and the trail begins. Cross the creek and follow the trail as it heads up the canyon. Along the way you will pass by Old Glory. It’s the oldest and largest Bigcone Douglas Fir in existence at 173 feet tall, 91 inches in diameter and approximately 600 to 700 year old. The trail switches back south and climbs the slope to an open stretch with nice views of Mount Baldy Village. After about 1.5 miles, you reach Bear Flat which is a small open area covered by ferns.



From Los Angeles: 210 fwy (east) to Mountain Av. (left) to Mount Baldy Rd. (right) to Mount Baldy Village Church to trailhead.

bear canyon view

Bear Canyon Trail View

crossing bear creek

Crossing Bear Canyon Creek

old glory

Old Glory


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