Bear Lakes Loop Trail


Area Status: Open
taken at south trailhead

This is the most popular hike in Lakes Basin Recreation Area. It skirts Big Bear Lake, Little Bear Lake and Cub Lake for a 2 mile loop that connects to several other trails.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors should always checkĀ Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Open Season: May - December
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to foot, bike and equestrian traffic. Camping is not allowed.
Closest Towns: Graeagle, CA
Water: Yes - at the trailhead
Restroom: Vault toilet at the trailhead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: For information about hiking in Lakes Basin Recreation Area please call the Beckwourth Ranger District office in Blairsden, CA at 530-836-2575

General Information

Directions:

From Graeagle go south about 1.5 miles on Highway 89. Turn right onto Gold Lake Highway. Drive 5 miles and turn right at Lakes Basin Campground. Continue past the campground. The trailheads and parking area are at the end of the road.

Trailers and large vehicles are not recommended on the narrow winding road after the Lakes Basin Campground. These large vehicles may use the horse trailer parking area. It is located at the entrance to the group camping area.

 

 


Parking:

Yes - Trailers and large vehicles are not recommended on the narrow winding access road after the entrance to Lakes Basin Campground. The horse trailer parking area may be used. Parking here will add about a mile to the hike.


Recreation Map

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Activities

Mountain Biking

The trail is open to foot, bike and equestrian traffic. Cyclists should yield to equestrian and foot traffic. Bear Lakes Loop is the most popular trail for day hikers in the area.

Day Hiking

This two mile loop trail starts at 6,320 feet of elevation and gradually climbs through mixed conifer forest past Big Bear, Little Bear and Cub Lakes to an elevation of 6,640 feet.

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General Info:

Accessibility

 

 


Directions

From Graeagle go south about 1.5 miles on Highway 89. Turn right onto Gold Lake Highway. Drive 5 miles and turn right at Lakes Basin Campground. Continue past the campground. The trailheads and parking area are at the end of the road. Trailers and large vehicles are not recommended on this narrow winding access road.


General Notes

 The trailhead has a single picnic table, water and a vault toilets.


Parking

 Limited parking is permitted at the trailhead. Do not block traffic or crush brush when parking.


Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

This two mile loop passes by Big Bear, Little Bear and Cub Lakes. This trail is oftentimes very busy with foot traffic on any summer day.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.69849

  Longitude : 
-120.66707