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) mountain bike trail
Altitude change2,345 ft
Altitude min1.3 miles
Altitude start1.3 miles
Altitude end1.7 miles
Distance climb3.9 miles
Distance down3,353 ft
Distance flat4,419 ft
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