Bear Pen Trail

At A Glance

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1.4 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.84
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Lowest Elevation: 3930 ft
Highest Elevation: 4600 ft
Climb Total: 670 ft
Blaze Color: Orange
Trail Number: 176
Rides That Use This Trail: Douglas Falls (Big Ivy South Tour), Big Ivy Tour (Coleman Boundary)


Rough trail makes a fun, rocky and muddy downhill connection between the Laurel Gap trail (grassy road) and FR 74. Not that great uphill - there's no real good downhill to connect to unless you come back down this trail. Huge jumps near bottom. A little overgrown with weeds, seldom used. Watch for stinging nettle as it hangs over the trail - if it brushes up against your legs, you'll be itchin' by the time you get to the bottom. Creek crossings. Part of the Douglas Falls and Coleman Boundary Grand Tour best rides.

Intersecting Trails

  • Laurel Gap
  • Staire Creek
  • This trail is located in the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) trails list page.

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    Susan said: Attractive western views around 4 - 8p 5/28. Broad biked out? tread first 1/2 mile. Levels off to some pleasant moss/grass sided areas. 4 slight water crossings. Honestly, does no one know the 'rule' about steep? THESE trails are not steep. 'Steep' is elevation gain over 1000' per mile. This is 570' over 1.4. Generously call it 200' per 1/2 mile. Walk in park.

    Sunday, May 31 2020 7:30pm

    Lee said: You better be in shape for this trail as it is deceptively steep and will wind you if you are not in good shape!

    Sunday, November 13 2011 7:39pm
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