1 miles
47 ft
-217 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Upper Tamarack Trail


  • Riding area
    Bear Valley
    Bear Valley, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Summer to late Fall
  • Family Friendly
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

This is a fun out-and-back ride with several large granite play areas. Overall, a great warm-up before heading out into the greater Bear Valley area. You can start at the trail head, where there is limited parking, or even start from the Bear Valley Adventure Center (aka: gas station), where bike rentals are available. Follow the trail to the west next to the highway until you reach a frontage road. Continue on that road until it turns to gravel and you will bump right into the trail head.

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More Stats for Upper Tamarack Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -170 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,927 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,129 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,097 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,927 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,417 ft
  • Distance down
    4,843 ft
  • Avg time
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on Sep 5, 2018
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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to upper-tamarack-trail-92550 trailhead (38.459335, -120.050461)
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Upper Tamarack Trail Trail Reports

Sep 5, 2018 @ 5:16pm
Sep 5, 2018
reporter This trail was completely reworked by BVTS and is now in great shape. Some Y junctions were defined to allow for granite features, then back to...
May 11, 2018 @ 3:47pm
May 11, 2018
reporter This trail needs some work! A couple small trees are down across the trail and some parts have eroded from the winter snow/rains. Some parts are...
Apr 25, 2018 @ 6:04pm
Apr 25, 2018
reporter Mostly snow covered until early May ???
Jun 30, 2017 @ 11:00am
Jun 30, 2017
Jun 18, 2017 @ 6:18pm
Jun 18, 2017
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1 Review & Comments

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flag Kkindred (Aug 2, 2018 at 22:38)
 The granite slabs are fun to ride and it’s a short but cool trail you should ride if your near Bear Valley.

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