Bear Creek Trail - # 66

Area Status: Open
This area is Open


The area where this trail is located has been  affected by the Wallow Fire of June 2011. The area is currently open to public use and entry - HOWEVER trails may not have been recently assessed or maintained for hazards associated with the fire, so plan your trip accordingly.

Please keep in mind that any area affected by the wildfire can be prone to hazards such as falling trees, flooding and burned out stump holes. The environment you are entering is highly susceptible to rainstorms and wind events. Any time you enter the forest, you should be aware of your environment and changing weather conditions. You are responsible for your own safety! Always look up, look down, and look all around.

Bear Creek Trail (# 66) is a short trail with a trailhead located just off FR 24 near the intersection of FR 24 and Bear Creek. It ends at a junction with the Black River Mainstream Trail (# 61), providing access to that trail to areas along it's middle section.

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This short trail brings you to a junction with the Black River Mainstream Trail (# 61) in a scenic area of the Black River popular with anglers.


The trail takes you through mature stands of Ponderosa and Douglas-fir to the willows along the banks of the cool, clear Black River. 
Remember to tread lightly near streambanks to prevent erosion and sedimentation of the sensitive stream environment. 
This trail is only 1.5 miles round trip and is over moderate terrain. Be careful as poison ivy is abundant along many parts of the trail.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Parking
Usage: Light
Best Season: May through October
Information Center: Alpine Ranger District
(928) 339-5000
TTY: (928) 339-4566

General Information


From Alpine, drive south on Hwy. 191 to Forest Road (FR) 26, then follow FR 26 to FR 24 and turn left. Follow FR 24 one-quarter mile past Bear Creek and turn right at the old corrals. Look for an information kiosk marking the trailhead. 

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Elevation desc 7,150 feet to 7,450 feet
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


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