6 miles
1,066 ft
-1,562 ft
2 miles
High Point
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Bear Trap Basin Details

  • Riding area
    Bear Valley
    Bear Valley, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
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Bust out your enduro bike because for this ride you are going to need a bike that can descend the extremely rough terrain going into the basin, but also a bike that climbs well to get out. This is one of the more challenging rides in Bear Valley and NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINNERS.

It heads along mostly doubletrack jeep roads, but going into the basin is a super rough, rocky, and rutted out doubletrack. About half way through this ride, you'll come across a cabin in a beautiful meadow owned by the USFS. You can stay the night here if you want to make it a pack in/pack out mountain bike adventure. The ride out is pretty steady doubletrack that turns left onto a singletrack. Follow it about a mile to connect to the Elusive Trail and Corral Hollow OHV Trail back to town.
Need to Know
Bring plenty of water and snacks. This is a backcountry ride that can take up to three hours to complete. A basic first aid kit is a good idea because this loop takes you pretty far out of town.

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More Stats for Bear Trap Basin mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -496 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,147 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,952 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,456 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    910 ft
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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