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
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Global Ranking
    #28505 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Bear Trap Basin 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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on Jun 10, 2018
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to bear-trap-basin trailhead (38.479450, -120.063620)
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Bear Trap Basin Trail Reports

Jun 10, 2018 @ 8:29am
Jun 10, 2018
On the single trail section at the end before joining Corral, after merging with Elusive, there are some trees down across the trail, can ride...
Apr 25, 2018 @ 6:04pm
Apr 25, 2018
reporter Mostly snow covered until early May ???
Jun 30, 2017 @ 11:00am
Jun 30, 2017
Jun 6, 2017 @ 1:49pm
Jun 6, 2017
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