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Bear Valley Lakes Trail

photo: Bear Valley Lake as seen from near the end of the trail at 9135' elevation in the core of the Lemhi Mountain Range. Photo by David Lingle.

Length: 6.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - Mushing
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Fishing

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Location: Location Salmon-Challis National Forest on Bear Valley Creek Road #009, 40 miles from Salmon.
State(s): Idaho
Counties: Lemhi
Longitude: -113.7666
Latitude: 44.7857

Driving Directions

From Salmon take ID-28, after 27 miles go right onto Hayden Creek Road #008. Hayden Creek Road is paved at first, then deteriorates to gravel and then to rough forest road. Follow this 8.5 miles and go right onto Bear Valley Creek Road #009. The lower non-motorized trailhead is 4 miles, the upper MX trailhead is another mile beyond.

Description


This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambassador on 09/23/2019.

There are two trailheads. The lower being non-motorized at the Bear Valley Pack and Saddle Trailhead and Campground. .8 miles further is the Upper Bear Valley Trailhead and Campground. The trail climbs gradually through sage meadows and open forest for the first 2 miles. Then the forest thickens and the trail steepens with some rough, rocky sections-fine for hiking but it can be tough for other uses. Nearing Bear Valley Lake, the trail levels out in sub-alpine meadows. There are junctions along the way to Buck Lakes and Upper Bear Valley Lakes.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: 6,700
Elevation High Point: 9,150
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 2,600 feet

Year Designated:
1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Salmon Challis National Forest
50 Hwy. 93 South
Salmon, ID 83467
(208) 756-5100

 

Photos

Bear Valley Campground. Photo by USFS.

Bear Valley Campground. Photo by USFS.

The Upper Bear Valley Lakes Trailhead.  Open to motorcycles and other uses, but not equestrian.  There are 2 campsites here too. Photo by David Lingle.

The Upper Bear Valley Lakes Trailhead. Open to motorcycles and other uses, but not equestrian. There are 2 campsites here too. Photo by David Lingle.

 

Vista looking over Upper Bear Valley Lake (Upper Lake Trail #6179). Photo by Marc Landblom.

Vista looking over Upper Bear Valley Lake (Upper Lake Trail #6179). Photo by Marc Landblom.

Upper Bear Valley Lake (Upper Lake Trail #6179). Photo by Marc Landblom.

Upper Bear Valley Lake (Upper Lake Trail #6179). Photo by Marc Landblom.

 

Volunteers from various trail user groups finish new water crossing ( (on the nearby Bear Valley High Trail #6178). Photo by Marc Landblom.

Volunteers from various trail user groups finish new water crossing ( (on the nearby Bear Valley High Trail #6178). Photo by Marc Landblom.

Old water crossing (on the nearby Bear Valley High Trail #6178). Photo by Marc Landblom.

Old water crossing (on the nearby Bear Valley High Trail #6178). Photo by Marc Landblom.

 

New water crossing (on the nearby Bear Valley High Trail #6178). Photo by Marc Landblom.

New water crossing (on the nearby Bear Valley High Trail #6178). Photo by Marc Landblom.

Sign pointing the way to the Lower Trailhead open to non-motorized use. Photo by David Lingle.

Sign pointing the way to the Lower Trailhead open to non-motorized use. Photo by David Lingle.

 

Bear Valley Pack and Saddle Campground and Trailhead has several campsites, water and feed troughs. Photo by David Lingle.

Bear Valley Pack and Saddle Campground and Trailhead has several campsites, water and feed troughs. Photo by David Lingle.

The beginning of the Bear Valley Lake Trail. Photo by David Lingle.

The beginning of the Bear Valley Lake Trail. Photo by David Lingle.

 

The bridge across Bear Valley Creek near the Upper Trailhead.  Other big water crossings also have bridges going up to the lake. Photo by David Lingle.

The bridge across Bear Valley Creek near the Upper Trailhead. Other big water crossings also have bridges going up to the lake. Photo by David Lingle.

Looking down the trail about halfway up to Bear Valley Lake. Photo by David Lingle.

Looking down the trail about halfway up to Bear Valley Lake. Photo by David Lingle.

 

Near the Lower Trailhead, the trail runs through open sage meadows. Photo by David Lingle.

Near the Lower Trailhead, the trail runs through open sage meadows. Photo by David Lingle.

Bear Valley Creek can be seen here below the trail. Photo by David Lingle.

Bear Valley Creek can be seen here below the trail. Photo by David Lingle.

 

Bear Valley Lake as seen from near the end of the trail at 9135' elevation in the core of the Lemhi Mountain Range. Photo by David Lingle.

Bear Valley Lake as seen from near the end of the trail at 9135' elevation in the core of the Lemhi Mountain Range. Photo by David Lingle.

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