The Bear Valley Lake National Recreation Trail is a single track trail that goes from sagebrush and scattered forest at 6,800 feet at the lower trailhead to sub-alpine forest at Bear Valley Lake at 9,135 feet.
The 5.4 mile length has some rocky technical sections and some easier sections. It is well worth pushing your bike up through the technical sections for the downhill when you come out.
The trail crosses three bridges on the way to the lake. The scenery near the lake in the higher elevations is outstanding.
Five other trails junction off this trail. This is a popular trail so you will probably see other trail users, especially on weekends.
On Highway 28, south of Salmon, take the Hayden Creek Road. Follow the road up to Bear Valley Creek and the trailhead at the end of the Bear Valley Creek Road 009.
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More Stats for Bear Valley Lake (179) bike trail
Altitude change2,345 ft
Altitude min6,777 ft
Altitude start6,810 ft
Altitude end9,155 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down3,353 ft
Distance flat4,419 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Bear Valley Lake... Trail Reports
Dec 9, 2017 @ 12:08pmDec 9, 2017
Jul 2, 2017 @ 5:04pmJul 2, 2017
|32 trees down, several needing a chainsaw and a couple are somewhat difficult to get around. Significant snowmelt/spring drainage infiltrating...|
Jul 19, 2016 @ 9:46pmJul 19, 2016
|Rebuilt by YEP trail crew and FS crew, July, 2016|
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