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Bear Canyon
Hiking - moderate

Like the adjacent trailheads at Drinking Horse Mountain and the M, Bear Canyon offers two distinctly different trails.  The New World Gulch trail to the south-by-southwest leads to Mystic and the Sourdough Creek basin or up to the 8,331-foot summit of Mount Ellis.  The primary Bear Canyon stem departs to the southeast, along a small cliff band favored by rock climbers and into the "parky" areas of the upper canyon.  There are several forks along the stem that access Chestnut Mountain, the Trail Creek Drainage, or back into upper Sourdough.  

If you're looking for... a hearty, shuttled trip that can be done in a day, connecting Bear Canyon with the Chestnut Mountain trailhead overs astounding views, a good route for biking or hiking, and is just under 12 miles.


Distance:
  4.5 miles, one-way, up the main stem of Bear Canyon to the pass into Trail Creek

Elevation gain:  1,500 feet

Seasons:  May through October, weather permitting

Trail(s) used:  #440, #438 and #50

Map of trailhead:
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Notes:
 
SHE-BEAR
Date: 17-Dec-2013 Time: 14:00
Two friends snowshoed Bear Canyon today and said it was in pretty lousy condition for skiing. A skier described it as "well, better than not skiing". Hyalite is a better bet right now, until the next snowstorm hits.

SHE-BEAR
Date: 09-Oct-2013 Time: 15:00
Mud. More mud the farther south you go, especially from mile 2 to the cabins. The snow and ice is mostly gone from the trail. Several hunters out in the area, so wear orange.

DAS KIND
Date: 06-Oct-2013 Time: 10:00
Glad we got up there early, as the trail was quite frozen on the way up. But halfway through the way down, it was getting sloppy. Saw a couple happy hunters, three climbers, a few other hikers, one sketchy cow, but the talk of grizzlies and wolves in that drainage seems premature. With all the new snow, it would have been hard to miss those tracks.

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